Louis Arnett

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This picture, of Lewis (or Louis, spelled both ways in family records) and his second wife, Ellen Ellsworth Robbins was taken in the Dakota Territories. Pictured with his brother Virgil, and Virgils wife and child (names unknown still).

Louis Arnett was born March 02, 1862, in Liberty Township, Grant County, Indiana. Son of Lindley Arnett and Eleanor (Jones) Arnett. His married his first wife, Amanda Rich, August 03, 1884, who was from that area, also. Louis and Amanda had a child, Daisy Anne Arnett November 02, 1886.

I am still uncertain as to the whats, whens, wheres, and hows of Louis first marriage. I have found land records for Louis in South Dakota. He filed for land on the Black Hills Meridian -- located on the SD - WY border on 11/09/1891 in Fall River Co. SD, six days after a Ulyssis (his brother) Arnett filed nearby. According to newspaper clippings, Louis had a stock ranch about 15 miles south of Sentinel Butte, Billings County, North Dakota by 1892.
Louis held the job of District Assessor of Billings County.
Wife Amanda Rich died in the year of 1897. There may have been a divorce before that time, but I have not found it yet.

Louis remarried that same year to Ellen Ellsworth Robbins August 31, 1897 in Dickinson,Stark Co.,ND. The child Daisy, from his first marriage, remained in Indiana where she lived with an Uncle, George Yale.(?) (No idea how he fits into the family yet)

Louis and Ellen left the Dakotas, and a son, Raymond, was born May 29, 1900 Bentonville, Benton, Ark. According to family lore, Louis & Ellen bought 20 acres of peaches in Ark. Sold one crop, sold the land for near what was paid for it, and moved on within a year.

The family proceded from there to Oregon, where they spent a couple years, had a (?)meat packing(?) business, until a flood in about 1903. Sold out, bought a train car load of lumber and ended in Fresno, California, where land brochures were hawking the virtues of the farm lands, in the early 1900's.


Ellen and Louis were divorced sometime in or after 1914.
Ellen died October 07, 1926 and is buried in Fresno.
Louis moved on to Cottonwood, Shasta County, California. (date unknown) Louis and third wife Lena (Unknown) Arnett are buried in the Cottonwood Cemetary in Shasta County, California.
Raymond lived out most of his life in Fresno, (two or three years spent in Cottonwood/Andersonville, during his school years) passing on February 06, 1991.

In the four years between the death of Lena, Louis's third wife, and his own death, he was married once again. Effie Greer, name of wife number four may have been a married name, not her maiden name, as she had a grown and married daughter at the time of Louis's death and inquest. (Effie's son-in-law was living with Louis and Effie at the time of Louis' death - his testimony is included in the inquest of Louis Arnett. Copy of entire document in Family Photo Albums )

*Teddy Roosevelt had a ranch in the Dakota Territory, where he went for a few years after the death of his wife and child, and before he was elected president.





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