Private Edward Arndt, Company H.

        EDWARD WILCOX ARNDT (430), eldest surviving son of John Wallace and Mary Catharine (Wilcox) Arndt, was born at Green Bay in what was then Wisconsin Territory, February 8, 1845. He was educated in the public schools of Green Bay. At the outbreak of the Civil War he attempted to enlist, but was refused on account of underweight. Later, declining an offer of a cadetship at Annapolis and a course at Yale, he enlisted on October 18, 1861, when still in his sixteenth year, in Company H, Twelfth Wisconsin Volunteers Infantry. This regiment, one of the most famous of Wisconsin's fighting regiments, won the title of the "Marching Twelfth" because, in the course of its campaign, it covered almost every State in the Confederacy. Edward Wilcox Arndt accompanied it in its campaign in Missouri, Kansas, and the Southwest, and in the operations east of the Mississippi which took in Kentucky, Tennessee, and northern Mississippi. While engaged in building military roads through the Tennessee swamplands he contracted a severe case of malarial fever and was invalided north, being discharged from the service in March, 1863. After a long convalescence and a short period in business his desire to again enter the service of his country was renewed, and in January, 1865, he reenlisted in the Forty-seventh Wisconsin Infantry, serving until the regiment was mustered out at Exchange Barracks, Tennessee, September 4, 1865.
        After his discharge he took a course at the Bryant and Stratton Business College in Chicago, and returned to De Pere, to which place his family had removed during the war. Here he entered the flour mill of his grandfather, Randall Wilcox, widely known as the "Stone Mill," and one of the first flour mills built in Wisconsin. He remained in the milling business at De Pere until 1888, and becoming after the death of Mr. Wilcox, the managing head of the firm, which ran the mill under different partnership names.
        During the early years of his business life Edward Wilcox Arndt entered actively into Republican politics, and became one of the leaders of his party in the state. For many years a member of the Republican State Committee and of its executive committee, he was regularly a delegate to state conventions, and was an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention at Chicago in 1880, and was elected a Presidential Elector on the Blaine ticket in 1884. He was also several times chairman of the Brown County Republican Committee and of the Congressional Committee of his district. He refused nominations for state senator and for member of Congress. He was, however, the first Republican candidate for mayor of De Pere after it became a city, and served for many years on its board of aldermen.
        Long active in state and national organizations of flour millers, he was one of the founders of the Millers Mutual Insurance Company of Wisconsin and became its president. In 1888 he retired from the milling business and undertook the management of the insurance company whose offices were removed to Milwaukee. This company was one of the most successful mutual insurance companies in the country. In 1892 he returned to the milling business, becoming general manager of the Daisy Roller Mill Co. at Superior, Wisconsin. In 1894 he made an extensive tour of England and northern Europe for the purpose of making a survey of the American flour trade. Shortly after his return he became New England Manager of the United States Flour Milling Co., with offices in Boston. After the dissolution of that company he remained in Boston, establishing the firm of Arndt, Thompson and Co., flour commission merchants, with offices in the Chamber of Commerce. He was an active member of the Boston Chamber of Commerce and a member of its directorate. During this period he resided at Arlington, Cambridge, and Medford. He was a member of the Boston Whist Club and of the Medford Club, and was one of the charter members of the Boston City Club.
        He was a Mason and both a Knight Templer and a Mystic Shriner.
        In 1916 he retired from active business, and after several winters spent in the Bahamas and Florida, settled at Haines City, Florida, where he built a beautiful home. The climate of Florida not agreeing with his wife, he removed from Florida to his old home in De Pere in 1919. In June of that year he and his wife celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with their son and daughter-in-law in New York. Edward Arndt has always been a leader, and his counsel and advice have been sought by political leaders and men of affairs.
        He married, at De Pere, June 9, 1869, Mary Ellen Delany, daughter of Dr. Edmund and Roobe Ann Tallmadge Delany, of Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin. She had taught school in the south under the direction of the Freedman's Bureau, and at the time of her marriage was a teacher in a private school at De Pere. She was a talented artist who later studied painting at the Chicago Art Institute, and taught painting and drawing at De Pere and other places. On her mother's side she was a niece of Nathaniel P. Tallmadge, United States Senator from New York, and last Territorial Governor of Wisconsin.


*WALTER TALLMADGE ARNDT, born Oct. 11, 1872; married, first, Ethel Howard; second, Wilhelmina Helene Friedlander.

The Story of the Arndts, Page 301
Author: John Stover Arndt
Call Number: R929.2 A747a