Wales Arnold


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Wales Arnold (b. 1837 - d.1913) was born April 6, 1837 in Massachusetts/died May 21, 1913 in Prescott. Arnold served in Company F. of the California Infantry and came to Arizona Territory in 1863 as an Indian Scout for General George Crook.  He married Sarah Jennie Wells on October 24, 1869 in Prescott, Arizona Territory.

Arnold was a rancher and farmer. After his wedding in 1869, Wales and his wife Sarah moved to the Verde Valley, or Fort Lincoln (as it was known at that time). In 1870 they located to the Montezuma Well Ranch in Beaver Creek, facing danger from hostile Indians, who stole their livestock frequently. Following a skirmish at Rattlesnake Tank, the officers found a small Indian girl, two or three years old, abandoned by her tribe. The officers took the child to the Arnolds, who raised her.

Ten years after moving to Beaver Creek, the Arnolds moved to Squaw Peak in Arizona where they lived on an orchard/ranch which they named Flower Pot Ranch. In 1895 the Arnolds moved and built a home on what is now known as the Fain Ranch.

Burial: Verde Valley Cemetery, located on private property, the Las Espuelas Ranch. Prior permission is required to enter the cemetery.

Sources: Arizona Miner, October 30, 1869; Verde Independent, July, 1974; US Census 1900


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