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ARNOLD,  Annie

ARNOLD, Annie

Female 1891 - 1986  (94 years)

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  • Name ARNOLD, Annie 
    Born 23 Oct 1891  Greenville, Hunt County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Female 
    Died 17 Feb 1986  Greenville, Hunt County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried 19 Feb 1986  East Mount Cemetery, Greenville, Hunt County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
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    • The Herald Banner
      Thursday (Morning) October 22, 1981
      Page B-2

      GREENVILLE MEMORIES ENRICH LIFE

      By Steven Knowles
      Herald Banner Staff

      To Mrs. Annie Arnold McDowell, there is no better place on earth to live than Greenville, Texas.

      It's not too small, not too big, and about the right distance from a big city like Dallas, she says. She knows lots of people here and never had the desire to live anywhere else.

      But her judgement in Greenville's favor may also be based on a few years of experience as a local resident. She was born here 90 years ago and has never lived anywhere else.

      Her life began on Oct. 23, 1891, in a small frame house on the corner of Crockett and Stonewall streets, where the Chamber of Commerce building now stands. Her father was W. M. "Billy" Arnold, who was born in Knoxville, Tenn., and moved to Greenville from Kentucky.

      Her mother was Mary Oldham Arnold, also of Kentucky, whose ancestors hailed from Oldham County, England.

      In 1895, when Annie was four, her father had "the big house" built on the same lot. In July, 1903, he sold the lot to the city for a library site and had the house moved to 1821 Jones St.

      Moving day turned out to be a three weeks long as the three-story frame building was inched along by means of a windlass operated by one horse. Their destination at the time was "a pasture full of weeds and grass".

      Mr.Arnold dealt in cattle and was able to send Annie to Greenville Business College for two years beginning in 1909.

      After graduation and until 1967 she worked here as a bookkeeper for various businesses.

      In 1920 she was married to R. C. McDowell, a pharmacist, from Hopkins County. Since 1952 she has lived with her niece, Mrs. Katherine Ellis.

      She remembers many things in vivid detail from her childhood around the turn of the century. For years streets were not paved, and when they were it was with wooden blocks just on Lee and Washington streets, for a few blocks.

      Before this wagons often got bogged down in the mud, she said.

      "We walked everywhere we went, and it didn't matter whether we liked it or not," she said. "I remember every evening the lamplighter, a great big man named, Mr. Burke, would come down Stonewall Street and turn on the gas lights."

      "We went to operas at the King Opera House." she recalled, "and there'd be three or four operas each season, during the winter. After the operas, the kids would all go down to Reb Stells' oyster bar like kids nowadays go to the drive-ins."

      "We went to Sunday school and church and we had music lessons and sometimes we'd get to go dancing," she said, "but that wasn't like it is nowadays. It seems that kids now have something going on fro them all the time."

      The circus would come to town every fall, she said, and the circus parade was equal to anything seen today.

      She was 27 when the United States entered World War I and she knew many of the men who went into the service, and some of those who were killed. A flue scare occurred at that time which killed many people she knew in Greenville.

      During the winters, she and her family slept upstairs without fires in their rooms. It was considered best to sleep in the cold with plenty of quilts instead.

      Times have changed, but unlike many older people Mrs. McDowell thinks living in today's world is better than living in the world of yesterday. "I don't think the world is a worse place to live," she said. "I think it's better."

      She reads a lot, she said, and especially likes the Dallas Morning News and the Greenville Herald Banner. But she also likes to watch television.

      Her longevity is really not surprising because she shares this tendency with others in her family. Her father died a few weeks before he was 104 and she had an older brother in Houston who is 96. She herself wants to keep on living as long as she can walk, she said.

      One of her long-time friends in Greenville was the late Hunt County historian W. Walworth Harrison. And like Harrison, she respects the past because she has personally witnessed so much of it.

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    Person ID I36198  oldham
    Last Modified 4 Mar 2017 

    Father ARNOLD, William Mcnutt,   b. 18 Aug 1837, Knox County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jul 1940, Greenville, Hunt County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 102 years) 
    Mother OLDHAM, Mary Catherine,   b. 2 Nov 1843, Mount Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1937, Greenville, Hunt County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Family ID F10586  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family MCDOWELL, Robert Carl,   b. 13 Jan 1876, Franklin County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1942, Greenville, Hunt County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2013 
    Family ID F13432  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Oct 1891 - Greenville, Hunt County, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 Feb 1986 - Greenville, Hunt County, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 19 Feb 1986 - East Mount Cemetery, Greenville, Hunt County, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S493] William Dugan.

    2. [S537] Herald Banner.

    3. [S1680] Cemetery Records.