Name: Arnold Agustus ELDER
Given Name: Arnold Agustus
Birth: 20 Aug 1853 in Derby, Perry Co., IN
Death: 14 Feb 1926 in Ashrock Township, Rooks Co., KS
Burial: Ash Rock Cemetery, Rooks Co., KS
Arnold's father died when he was 1 year old. His nickname was Gus.
Change Date: 18 Feb 2016 at 09:23:05
On 1 Apr 1877 Arnold and his brother George Franklin Elder left Indiana for Kansas, arrivin g 34 days later on 4 May 1877 in Ash Rock Township, Rooks Co. He homesteaded a quarter sectio n of land SW-109S-16W on May 22 of 1877. A few years later he bought the adjoining quarter se ction of SE-10-9-16 where he built the family home. In later years he acquired the quarter se ction west of his homestead SE-96S-16. The farm was 1 mile south of the Ash Rock Church. [I n later years the farmhouse burned down. The barn was moved to the campgrounds east of Woodst on and used for the assembly hall. There is now no evidence that improvements were ever at th e Elder homestead.]
In 1900 Agustus farmed in Ash Rock Township, Rooks Co., KS (page 161) with his wife Rachel , 6 children, his mother Mary Elder, and a farm laborer Hiram Wands.
Five years after he arrived in KS he returned to IN to visit his mother. He brought her bac k to KS where she lived the remainder of her life. He joined the Ash Rock Church on 9 Mar 190 3.
In 1920 Gus lived in Ash Rock Township (page 2) with his wife Rachel and children Lester L. , Lucile M., Harold, and Helen R.
Arnold's obituary in the Salina Journal tells a little of his character: "No man in Ash Roc k township has ever been held in higher respect and esteem, than Mr. Elder. At numerous time s he has been called on to fill township offices, and might have been honored more, but he wa s a quiet unassuming type of man, who preferred to be at home with his family. He was eve r a loving husband, a kind and true friend, an affectionate father, and a good neighbor."
Father: Arnold ELDER b: 30 Jan 1810 in Washington, KY
Mother: Mary HARGIS b: 24 Jul 1821 in IN c: 5 Apr 1840 in St. Augustine's Church, Perry Co., IN
Rachel ROGERS b: 18 Feb 1870 in Henry Co., IL
30 Mar 1886
in Rooks Co., KS
- Arnold Franklin ELDER b: 30 Mar 1887 in Ash Rock Township, Rooks Co., KS c: in Ashrock Church, Ashrock Township, Rooks Co., KS
- Charles Lafayette ELDER b: 5 Dec 1888 in Ash Rock Township, Rooks Co., KS c: in Ashrock Church, Ashrock Township, Rooks Co., KS
- Edith Mahala ELDER b: 14 Jul 1890 in Woodston, Rooks Co., KS
- Bertha Mary ELDER b: 4 Dec 1892 in Woodston, Rooks Co., KS c: 1915 in Methodist Church, Woodston, Rooks Co., KS
- Walter Jennings ELDER b: 8 Aug 1896 in Woodston, Rooks Co., KS
- Owen George ELDER b: 22 Aug 1898 in Woodston, Rooks Co., KS
- Lester Leander ELDER b: 22 Nov 1900 in Woodston, Rooks Co., KS
- Lucile Margurite ELDER b: 13 Dec 1902 in Woodston, Rooks Co., KS
- Harold ELDER b: 18 Mar 1905 in Woodston, Rooks Co., KS
- Helen Ruth ELDER b: 26 Jan 1909 in Woodston, Rooks Co., KS