William E. Arnold, M.D.
Is a native of Autauga County, Alabama, born November 14, 1838. When he was two years of age, his parents migrated to Arkansas, locating in Nevada County (then Hempstead) where his father, who was a Methodist minister, engaged in farming and, at times preached the gospel. His parents, William B. and L.B (Hardin) Arnold, reared a large family of children, of whom our subject is the third to the youngest. They died in Nevada County, the father dying in 1848.
The subject of this sketch was reared on a farm, attending the common schools of this county. When he was twenty years of age, he began the study of medicine at Atlanta, Georgia Medical College, at which institution he graduated in 1861.
He enlisted in Company A First Arkansas Regiment, soon after the War between the states began, in the capacity of a private. Was subsequently made assistant surgeon of the same regiment and in this rank, he served until the surrender. While in the front at Atlanta, dressing a wound on the field, he was wounded by being struck by a piece of shell, and was thus disabled for a short time.
At the close of the war, he returned to Prescott, and resumed his practice and has since been a resident here. He has built up a large practice, is a citizen highly respected by the entire community.
Dr. Arnold was married in the year 1868 to Mary McCollum, by whom he has five children: Elle, Pattie, Lottie, Robert and Clifton.
He is a member of the Masonic fraternity.
Dr. William H, Arnold whose sketch appears above died at Prescott, Nevada County, Arkansas and was buried in DeAnne Cemetery. On his tombstone (Confederate marker) is inscribed the following:
W.E. Arnold, Surgeon 0.S.A. 1837-1923.
See "The Arkansas Historical Quarterly" Winter 1949 Page 331
More InformationHere is a web page with more information:
https://www.depotmuseum.org/images/Nevada_County_Personal_Histories.pdf (click link to open in a new window).