Clarence Arnold, Shelby County assessor, is a
man whose name is as well known over the county as that of any other man. His
has been a life of quiet and effective service, at first as an educator and
since then as a township and county officer.
He was born in Shelby County, May 11, 1883, son of
Thompson and Britta
(Wheeler) Arnold. His father, one of Shelby County's well-to-do farmers, was
born in Kentucky and came to Indiana just before the Civil war. He served
several years in the Union army.
Clarence Arnold was one of six children.
He attended school in his native
county, and after graduating from the township high school entered upon his work
as a teacher and was one of the capable school men of the county for a number of
years. He was then elected township assessor, and for eight years had charge of
the assessment rolls in his home township. His thorough acquaintance with the
system of assessments and his popularity over the county brought him election to
the office of county assessor in 1926, and he was reelected in 1930 for another
Mr. Arnold married
Miss Jessie Smitha, who is deceased. He is affiliated with
the Knights of Pythias and Loyal Order of Moose, and during the World war helped
put over Shelby County's drives for the sale of Liberty Bonds and raising of
funds for the Red Cross and other patriotic purposes.
INDIANA ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS OF AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT, Vol.
3, By Charles Roll, A.M., The Lewis Publishing Company, 1931
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming