Obituary Record

Rice Arnold
Died on 6/13/1923
Buried in Blair Cemetery

#1-Blair Pilot 20 june 1923

Rice Arnold died very suddenly at the Masonic home at Plattsmouth, Neb., last Thursday morning and the body was brought here Friday on the afternoon train for burial in the Blair cemetery by the side of his wife, who passed away the 11th of last February. Mr. Arnold was in his 94th year. He was sheriff of Washington county in the early days and served as chief of police here for many years. Mr. Arnold was a member of the Masonic lodge at Ft. Calhoun and he was given a Masonic burial. He is survived by four children, Mrs. John Astleford, of Mississippi, mrs. George Byerly of Youngstown, Pa., Bige Arnold, Rockford, Ill. and Mrs. Fred Sturgess, of Omaha. Only Bige and Mrs. Sturgess were able to be present at the funeral service.

June 21, 1923 Rice Arnold died at the Masonic home at Plattsmouth on Wednesday, June 13, 1923 and the remains were brought here Friday afternoon and buried in the family lot beside those of his wife who passed away only a few months ago, the Masons having charge of the burial service and interment being made direct from the train.

Rice Arnold was an early day settler here and at one time served as sheriff of Washington county, and was, later, chief of police in Blair for a number of years, and had a wide acquaintance in this part of the state, and many personal friends here. One Son, Bige, and three daughters survive him.

#2-21 June, 1923 - The Enterprise


Rice Arnold, an old pioneer of this county, passed away last Thursday at the Masonic home at Plattsmouth at the age of 94 years.

The body was brought to Blair, and under the auspices of the Ft. Calhoun Masonic lodge where he retained his membership, was laid to rest in the Blair cemetery.

His wife was buried here but a few months ago.

He leaves four children: Mrs. Lola Sturgess of Omaha; Bige of Rockford, Ill.; Mrs. John Astleford of Mississippi; and Mrs. Kate Byerly of Youngstown, Penn.

Years ago Mr. Arnold was a familiar figure on Blairís street corners where he served as chief of police for many years. He was also sheriff of the county years ago.

~~~Obituaries courtesy of the Nebraska Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings on file in the Blair, Nebraska Public Library~~~

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