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Kit Carson County Pioneers:

Victor L. Arenschield, 8 South 49 West



Victor was the son of Charles John Arenschield, mother Harriet Robinett Toldand, and with spouse Louisa Hopkins had Charles Oscar Arenschield.
Charles 1827-1906 died in Rock Island County, Illinois. #122162854

"LIEUTENANT CHARLES J. ARENSCHIELD, a retired farmer of Watertown, Rock Island county, although of foreign birth, has served his adopted country in two of its great wars, and in a manner toreflect credit upon him and his native land.
He was born in the principality of Hanover, Germany, February 11, 1827, and is the son of Charles and Margaret (Daling) Arenschield, natives of the same country. Charles Arenschield, Sr., was a civil engineer by profession, a well educated man, who could converse fluently in four or five different languages. In his native land he served as an officer in the German army, and carried a scar on his forehead from a wound received at the battle of Waterloo. While strongly attached to the fatherland, he believed that in the new world the opportunities would be greater for the future welfare of his children, and therefore determined to make this country his home.
Accordingly in 1835, he came with his family, consisting of wife and three children, and first located in Montgomery county, Ohio, near the present city of Dayton. After residing in that county some two or three years, he removed to Hardin county in the same state, and commenced to develop a farm. He had been in that county but a short time when he was selected county surveyor, which office he filled in a highly satisfactory manner.
About 1838 his wife died and he subsequently again married, but by his second union had no children. By the first union there were four, three of whom are yet living. After living to a ripe old age he passed to his reward, leaving behind him a record of a life well spent. The mother of our subject died when he was but ten or twelve years of age, and henceforth his lot in life was a hard one during his boyhood and youth. In his native land he attended school from the time he was six years of age, but on coming to America that privilege was denied him, and all told after the family located in Hardin county he attended school but twenty-one days.
Notwithstanding this he is, however a well informed man and with a life record of which both himself and his descendants have reason to be proud. In Hardin county the family located in the heavy timber, which had to be cleared and planted, and young Charles was expected to dolus part of that laborious work. He toiled early and late at such work until he was twenty years old.
Whether inherited or not, he had a taste for military life, and on the 21st of January, 1847, he listed in Company I, First Regiment Mounted Rifles of the United States army at Urbana, Ohio, with the understanding that the regiment was to guard emigrant trains across the plains to Oregon. The war with Mexico had been declared, and instead of assigning the regiment to the duty for which it was enlisted, it was sent to Mexico, and was with General Scott on his march from Vera Cruz to Mexico city. With others Mr. Arenschield enlisted for five years, but Congress having passed an act permitting the discharge of all soldiers enlisted for another purpose, but who were sent to Mexico, our subject availed himself of the opportunity and was duly mustered out after eighteen months of hard service. He was injured on the knee while trying to mount an unbroken horse and has never fully recovered. On receiving his discharge, Mr. Arenschield returned to Hardin county, Ohio, only to find his father's home broken up in consequence of the death of the latter's second wife. He then worked at farm labor by the month for a time, but having received a land warrant from the general government for his services in the Mexican war. he concluded to purchase an eightyacre farm in Hardin county, giving his land warrant, which called for one hundred sixty acres of government land valued at one dollar and a quarter per acre, in part payment. The land purchased was covered with heavy timber which had to be cleared. After a small portion was cleared and a log cabin erected he leased the place and worked out to get money to pay the balance due on it. Time was passing and our subject realized the need of a helpmeet, so on the 28th of December, 1852, he was united in marriage to Miss Harriet R. Toland, of Clark county, Ohio, but then residing in Springfield,- that state, where the wedding ceremony was performed. With his young bride he removed to his farm, and there resided a little more than two years, when he sold out with the intention of going to Iowa. With his wife and one child, he started upon the journey, driving overland with a team, and after a tedious drive of a little over three weeks arrived at the residence of Owen Toland, his wife's father, then residing near Moline. Here he left his wife and child to visit for a time, while he took a trip to Iowa to secure their future home. Making his selection of land Mr. Arensschield returned to Moline for his wife. The weather had now become so bad that he could not cross the river, and therefore rented a house in what is now the village of Watertown in which to remain during the winter. But "the best laid schemes of mice and men gang aft aglee." So Mr. Arenschield has never become a citizen of the Hawkeye state. In the spring of 1856 he rented a farm of Henry McNeal and commenced its cultivation. The same year he helped lay out the village of Watertown and then purchased the two lots on which he now lives, erecting the first house in the place. In 1857 he bought two and a half acres across the road and the following year purchased seven and a half acres adjoining. From time to time he added to his possessions until he owned one-half block in the village and forty-six acres adjoining Watertown. In 1874 he bought one hundred and sixty acres in Fillmore county, Nebraska, which is now owned by one of his sons. To Mr. and Mrs. Arenschield six children were born. Charles Oscar is married, has three children, and is engaged in farming; Victor L. , a carpenter by trade, is married, has three children, and resides in Geneva, Nebraska; Edwin M., a graduate of the medical department of the State University of Iowa, resides in Ottumwa, that state, is married and has three children; W. Sherman, an engineer on the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, is married and resides at Eldon, Iowa; Luella May, born July 22, 1858, died October 2, 1859; Earl Ray, born February 21, 1S74, died August 29, 1874. The mother of these children was born in Canton, Starke county, Ohio, April 24, 1833, and died March 19, 1897, mourned not alone by the family, but by a large circle of friends. "

In 1870 Rock Island County, Illinois, Victor is with parents Charles 42 and Harriet 35. Chales is 16, Victor 14, Edwin 10, and Sherman 4.
Victor married Louisa Hopkins December 18, 1877 in Rock Island County.
1881 Rock Island "Mrs. Victor Arenschields is expected home from Nebraska."
Louisa died January 20, 1886, age 23 years, 16 days, and is buried in Rock Island County, # 21711096.
In 1870 Clinton County, Iowa, Francis Battle is a laborer, 35, born inCanada, with Susan 24 Ireland, Mary e. 5 Illinois, Rachel A. 3 Iowa, and James E. 2, Iowa.
In 1880 Fillmore County, Nebraska, Rachel Battle is 13, the oldest of Frank 44 and Susan 37 Battle's children. James is 12, Jane 9, Frank 7, John 5, William 3, and Esther 1.
In September 1885 "Frank Battle of St. Paul, Neb." was among the merchants looking through the Omaha wholesale groceries.
But this might be a Frank BARTLE, who had a general merchandise store in St. Paul in 1890.
In 1885 Fillmore County, Susan Battle is 41, widowed, with James 17, Frank 12, John 10, Willie 7, Esther 5, Catherine 4, and Margaret 1.
Susan Battle is listed in the 1890 listing of Geneva farmers.
Per the tree, Rachel married Victor Arenschield in 1888.

Mary Battle, age 20, married John H. Nicholson, age 26, in Geneva Nebraska, December 18, 1884.
They must have had Maud about 1888, because they're living with her and her husband James L. Taylor in 1920 Lawton, Oklahoma - both are auto mechanics. In 1930 Grand Island. John is 71, Mary 64.
John 1858-1942 and Mary E. 1865-1939 # 19085727 are buried in Grand Island, Nebraska.
Maud's youngest daughter MarySue W. McBreen 1918-2004 is buried in Victorville, California # 126751162.
Virginia F. Stull 1914-1993 is buried in Grene County, Missouri, # 80520014.

Jennie Battle, age 18, born in Iowa to Frank Battle and Susan Welch, married Gustave Aldrop 23, son of Wm. Aldrup and Mary Schuster in Geneva Nebraska Oct 25, 1888.
Julia 1871-1933 # 24459423 and Gustave are buried in Dalton, Cheyenne County, Nebraska.
" GENEVA, Neb., April 15 —Mrs. Katie Aldrup, the widow of William Aldrup, former Geneva mayor and prominent real estate man, died here Thursday. Her husband died last Jan. 15. Mrs. Aldrup would have been 78 Saturday. Surviving are two sons, William and Car! of Omaha, and two daughters, Mrs. James Delaney of Geneva and Mrs. Gertrude Green of Omaha. "

William G. is single in 1900 Fillmore County, and 1920 Dawson County, Nebraska.
He's buried in Fillmore County 1876-1929 # 75527229, with Arthur T. # 75527173
"At Lexington. Neb., at 2 p. m. Sunday, June 17, 1908, Arthur Thomas Battle, aged 28 years, 4 months and 28 days. Deceased was born near Exeter, Neb., January 10, 1880. He spent a considerable portion of his life at Geneva, removing to Cozad, Neb., about three years ago. He had only been at Lexington about two weeks. The remains reached Geneva on the Burlington Tuesday afternoon.
Rev. A. E. Cash conducted the funeral service at the Episcopal church at 3:30 p. m. the same afternoon and the remains were interred in the Geneva cemetery. The relatives in attendance at the funeral were Frank Battle and wife of Blue Hill, John Battle and wife and William and Esther Battle of Lexington. "

In 1900 Geneva, Nebraska, - next to the Victor Arenschields, John is a house painter, and sister Margaret born June 1883 in Nebraska, John Battle 1876-1947 is buried in Lexington, Nebraska # 13206267.

In 1895 (per the tombstone of #75527044) "At her home north-east of Geneva, Thursday morning, June 11, 1896, Mrs. Susan Battle, aged 64 years. Mrs. Battle was an old resident of the county. Mrs. V. L. Arenschield and Mrs. Gus Aldrup are her surviving daughters. The funeral took place from the Episcopal church Friday afternoon, June 12, at 3 o'clock and was conducted by Rev. W. H. Ayers of Dewitt. The interment was in the Geneva cemetery. (Nebraska Signal 19 JUN 1896 pg 5)"
Victor cash-claimed a quarter in 14, 8 South, 49W in 1891.

In 1900 Fillmore County, Nebraska, Vic L. Arenschield is a carpenter, born March 1866 in Illinois, married ten years to Rachel July 1866 Iowa, with Florence March 1892 Nebraska.

In 1910 Fort Collins, Colorado, Victor L. Arenschield, a carpenter, 54, born in Illinois, married 19 years to Rachel 43 Iowa, with Florence 17 Nebraska.
Florence Arenschield was in the 9th grade in Fort Collins in 1909.

1911 Fort Collins


1914
In 1930 Denver, Victor, 74 and Rachel 63 are with daughter Florence H. Darrow, her husband Robert I. Darrow, and two kids.
Victor died in Denver in July 1931, per six obituary listings, and Rachel B. Arenschield died in August 1935, per seven obituary listings.

FLORENCE
In 1940 Denver, Florence is 47, widowed, running a restaurant, and two male cooks / lodgers are working in her restaurant.
Florence Hazel Tibbetts, born March 16, 1893 in Nebraska, father Arenschield, mother Battle, died June 21, 1985 in Kern County, California.
She's buried in Riverside County, California # 84097999.
VERNON

In 1900 Rock Island County Illinois, Vernon L. Arenschield, born July 1882 in Nebraska, father Illinois, mother Louisiana, is a lodger with Luther and Margaret Edwards. Blanche Arenschield born Nov 1879 in Illinois, father Illinois, mother Louisiana, is a servant.


In 1909 Fort Collins, Verne Arenschield "a well-known young man, was arrested at an early hour Sunday morning, on the charge of forging a check for $8 on his father. It is said he was drinking when he committed the crime. Arenschield has caused his father considerable trouble and has been arrested before... was arrested for passing a bad check, signed "V.L. Arenschield, the name of the young man's father."
Vernon Louis Arenschield registeredf for WWI in Hawaii, born July 26, 1880, a foreman in the Wodey & Beatton, living at the Elite Building Hotel, nearest relative V. L. Arenschield of Bryant, Denver, Colorado.
Vernon is still in Honolulu in 1920, boarding with a family, a foreman with a "boarding company"?

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