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John G. Arnold (1862-1947)
Born Bay City, owned bakery started by his father, Frederick.

Biogrpahy. (Added April, 2011)

History of Bay County, Michigan - Gansser 1905.


Is a well known baker of Bay City, Michigan, where he was born in 1862. He is a son of Fred and Louise (Miller) Arnold. His father was born in Bavaria, Germany, in November, 1832. His mother was also a native of Germany, and was a schoolmate of her husband.

Fred Arnold crossed the ocean in 1854 in the vessel “Whitney.” and came to Bay City in July of that year. For the first two years he worked in the old McEwan mill. In those early days no fresh meat was to be obtained. Pork and beans were the most common articles of food. Beer there was none. Whiskey was sold at a shilling per gallon. The first beer seen by Mr. Arnold was like thick milk. In 1856, in an old blacksmith shop on Water street, then the main street of the city. Mr. Arnold opened a bakery, on the site of the present Watson Block. It was known as the “Old Bakery.” There he remained for two years, dealing mostly with the Indians. In 1857 he purchased from James Fraser for $300 the site of the present Arnold bakery, then occupied by a frame structure. The building was twice burned, and its owner has passed through three fires. In the present substantial brick block, on Fifth and Saginaw streets, he conducted a first-class bakery, which is now operated by his son John G.

Fred Arnold remembers making trips to Saginaw to buy flour. There he purchased for $8.00 per barrel the same grade of flour sold by Putnam, in Bay City, for $17.00. He turned his well-established bakery over to his sons, Godfrey and John G., about 1874, and retired from active business, to look after his property interests, being well-provided with this world's goods. During his long residence here, he has made several trips to his native land, for pleasure and recreation. He crossed the Atlantic in 1857, 1882 and 1890, being accompanied on the last trip by his wife. In all, he has made eight voyages to Europe, besides visiting scenes of local interest.

Fred Arnold was married to Louis Miller in Bay City and their union resulted in eight children, as follows: Godfrey, who married Setchen Fichtel, and lives at Calumet, Houghton County, Michigan; Fred, Jr., a Lutheran minister, who married Carrie Peterman, and resides at Silver Creek, New York; John G.; Sophia, wife of H. Tresselt, who operates a flour mill at Fort Wayne, Indiana; Louise, wife of Al Schiermer, who is in the jewelry business at Saginaw; Tillie, deceased, who was the wife of F. Burton; Clara, wife of Theodore Seymeyer, wholesale dealer in boots and shoes at Ft. Wayne, Indiana; and Martha, wife of George Watrous, who is employed in the Commercial Bank in Bay City.

The father of this family helped to organize the old Lutheran Church and school at Lincoln and McKinley avenues, of which he was trustee for a number of years.

The subject of this sketch received his metal training in the Bay City public schools. At the age of 15 years he began to learn the bakery business with his father, and has been connected with it in various ways ever since. When his father retired about about 1874, the firm became Arnold Brothers. They dissolved partnership in 1880, from which period Mr. Arnold has conducted the concern alone. He is an energetic, up-to-date business man, and is thoroughly posted in his trade.

Mr. Arnold was married in 1901 to Minnie Hoffman, who was born in Bay City. Their union has resulted in two sons, – Frederick and Henry.

Mr. Arnold is a member of the Mutual Building & Loan Association and of the Royal Guards. He and his wife are members of the Lutheran Church.

Additional Notes.

    1901 – Michigan Marriages: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Date: September 25, 1901.
  • Groom: John G. Arnold, age 39, born Bay City, Mich., son of Fred and Kate (Miller) Arnold.
  • Bride: Minnie Hoffman, age 20, born Bay City, Mich., daughter of Henry and Minnie Schenknam.
  • Official: Julius Klingman, pastor. Witnesses: Henry Ramon and Clara Hoffman.
Related Pages/Notes

Related Pages:
Arnold, Frederick father
People Referenced
Arnold, Clara (sis)
Arnold, Frederick (father)
Arnold, Fred Jr. (bro)
Arnold, Fred Jr. (son)
Arnold, Godfrey (bro)
Arnold,John G. (subject)
Arnold, Henry (son)
Arnold, Louis (sis)
Arnold, Martha (sis)
Arnold, Sophia (sis)
Arnold, Tillie (sis)
Burton, F.
Fichiel, Setchen
Fraser, James
Hoffman, Clara
Hoffman, Henry (f-inlaw)
Hoffman, Minnie (wife)
Klingman, Julius
Miller, Louise (mother)
Peterman, Carrie
Ramon, Henry
Schenknam, Kate (m-inlaw)
Schiermer, Al
Seymeyer, Theodore
Tresselt, H.
Watrous, George
Subjects Referenced
Arnold Bros. bakery
Bay City, M
Bavria, Germany
Calumet, Houghton, MI
Commerical Bank, Bay City
Ft. Wayne, IN
McEwan Mill
Mutual Savings & Loan
Putnam Flouer Co.
Saginaw, MI
Silver Creek, NY
Watson Block
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