Oren W. ARNOLD, groceries and provisions, Joliet; firm of Arnold & Bowen; born in Orleans Co., N.Y., July 12, 1835, where he attended school until 10 years of age; he emigrated with his parents to Joliet in the winter of 1845; in the spring following, he removed with his parents to Iroquois Co., and engaged in farming for a period of seventeen years, when he removed to Troy Tp., Will Co., where he lived six years, being engaged in learning the trade of carpenter, and farming; he then went to Minnesota for his health, taking with him two droves of horses; after disposing of them he engaged at his trade for two years; returning from there to his farm in Troy Tp. in 1874, where he lived until 1877, when he engaged in the above business in Joliet, cor. Bluff and Exchange Strs. He married in 1859, Helen SAMMONS; they had one child, which died in infancy. Mrs. ARNOLD died Jan. 30, 1862. Mr. ARNOLD again married, Dec. 25, 1868, to Minnie CLARK; she was born in Plainfield, Will Co. Her parents were among the early settlers of Will Co. Four children were the fruit of this union, viz., Hellen, May, Lillian E., Burt C., and Francis W.
Source: History of Will County, Illinois; Chicago: Wm LeBaron Jr & Co, 186 Dearborn Street, 1878.