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Newsletters of the ARNOT Family

The Arnot Family Newsletter was published and distributed by Cousin Barbara King. A very special thank you to Barbara for her permission in adding these biographies printed in past newsletters.

August 1995 - (Ida Frances Arnot)
The first-born of Fred and Lena Arnot was a daughter, Ida. She attended Arlington schools and as a young woman worked in the big city, Seattle. She came home often to help out as the big sister. Ida married Norman Setter and they had one daughter, Norma Jean. The Setters farmed for many years in the Kellogg Marsh and Woodinville areas. Norman died in 1978 and Ida, the family "matriarch" resides in Marysville. Norma Jean and husband Gordy Beale live in Camas, Washington. Norma teaches school there and Gordy Beale works for Dupont Company in Portland.

December 1996 - (John Thomas Arnot)
John Thomas Arnot, The 2nd child born to Fred and Lena arrived in Dover, New Hampshire on July 26, 1909. John grew up in the Arlington area. On December 15, 1939 John married Mary Elizabeth Larter. Through the years the family lived in the Arlington Heights area just around the corner from the old home place and in later years John and Mary lived on Sullivan Street in South Seattle. The children born to this union are John Thomas Jr., William Frederick, Michael Alan, Lynn Marie and Douglass George. Mary was a cashier for Canteen Food Service and John worked for and retired from Boeing. On May 31, 1976 son William (Bill) died as a result of an accident. About a year later, May 5, 1977 Mary passed away at the home in Seattle. In recent years, John lived in a care facility and in June 1995 ate the age of 85 he died from respiratory arrest.

December 1995 - (Frank Arthur Arnot)
Frank Arthur Arnot, second son of Fred and Lena was born February 28, 1912 in Rolling Bay, Washington. He graduated from Arlington High School in 1930. He met Mary "Reita" Dorfner in Arlington and they were married April 4, 1934. Frank did construction work (Arlington HS), worked for Borden Company and for 30 years was a rural mail carrier. He was a long-time volunteer fireman and served as CHief of the Arlington Dept. Frank joined the Navy during WWII and was stationed in the Aleutian Islands. On October 16, 1971, at age 59, Frank died in a hunting accident.

April 1996 - (Alice Patricia Arnot)
Alice Patricia Arnot, second daughter of Fred and Lena was born March 17, 1917 in Arlington, Washington. The family did some moving around so Alice attended grades 1-4 at Rolling Bay, WA and grade 5 in Athol, Mass. Then the family returned to Arlington where she completed school, graduating from Arlington high school in June, 1934. Soon, Alice met Theo Swimme and they were married August 31, 1935 in Everett, WA. to this union were born three daughters: Nancy Jean, Esther Frances and Carol Ann. Theo worked as a dairy and berry farmer and also as a mill worker.Alice worked in the fruit field, at the paper mill, a bank and for 17 years with the Snohomish County Library. Theo died October 14, 1980.

September 1997 - (Frederick Percival Arnot)
Frederick Percival Arnot, 3rd son of Fred and Lena, was born in Arlington, WA on October 30, 1918. He grew up in the area, graduating from arlington High School in 1936. He graduated from business college in 1939. January 4, 1942 Fred married Ruth Tveten. That same year he enlisted in the U.S. Army and until 1945 they were in Anchorage. Fritz (as many knew him) was a man of many talents and many jobs in many different places. The family lived in Edmonds, Marysville, Stanwood and Camano Island. He was a mail carrier in Edmonds, bought a furniture store in Marysville, worked at Boeing in Seattle and Nord-Door in Everett. In Stanwood, Fritz drove school bus, worked in a cabinet shop and remodeled houses. In 1975 Fred began health problems diagnosed as Alpha I - antitrypsin emphasema. Limited physically he developed his carving, drawing, painting and sketching talents.

  • Click here to see an example of his artwork
  • He received awards for many of his projects. At home on Camano Island, Fred passed away December 16, 1988 at the age of 70.

    June 1998 - (James William Arnot)
    James William Arnot was born October 10, 1921 in Rolling Bay, Washington. Jim graduated from Arlington High School in May 1940. He lettered in football at AHS. Jim served in the US Army and then began work at the Boeing Company in 1942. On November 3, 1945, Jim married Betty Bragg in Rentoal, Illinois. He continued at Boeing, retiring in the early 1980's. During those years, they both were quite active with the Auburn Eagles, Jim holding the office of President for several years. Jim loved to bowl, fish and hunt. Another of his hobbies was building; he built his own camping trailer and several houses. In later years he even took up golf! After retirement, Jim and Betty became snowbirds, living in Apache Junction, Arizona for the winters, and returned to the NorthWest for spring and summer.

    February 1998 - (Samuel Irving Arnot)
    Samuel Irving Arnot was born March 16, 1925 in Rolling Bay, Washington. He is the 7th child of Fred and Lena. Sam (or sometimes known as Bud) attended school in Arlington, WA, graduating from grade school in 1939 and from Arlington High in 1943. Three years of military (Army) service -- 1943-1946 -- was followed by earning a college degree. Sam graduated from Seattle University in 1951. He worked for Boeing, retiring in 1984. In 1957, Sam married Margaret Simpson and since retirement much of their time has been spent "wintering" in Arizona.

    April 1997 - (Mildred Estelle Arnot)
    Mildred Estelle Arnot, 3rd daughter of Fred and Lena, was born September 25, 1926 in Athol, Massachusetts. The family came to Arlington Heights when "Tuni" was one year old and she has resided in the Arlington area ever since. She graduated from Arlington High School in 1944 and from Everett Business College (after one year) in 1946. The year between high school and business college, Mildred worked at Boeing in Everett. From 1946 to 1953, she worked for a CPA in Everett. About 1952, Mildred and Grandma Arnot moved to the basement apartment at Frank and Reita's. She and brother Frank, with occasional help from other family members, built the home a 717 E. First St. which she and Grandma moved into in 1954. From 1953 to retirement in 1981 Mildred worked at Everett Housing Authority. "Tuni" is a talented artist, drawing wildflowers and painting many pictures. She has enjoyed hiking and camping for many years. Since retirement, she has volunteered at the U Of Washington Botany Department.

    August 1996 - (George Douglas Arnot)
    The youngest of Fred and Lena's nine children, and the 6th son, George Arnot was born February 20, 1928 in Arlington. George attended Arlington schools graduating in June 1946. Stories indicate he wa a "model" student, probably a "model" mischief-maker! As a youth George worked summers at the old Darigold plant in Arlington. He has been on the Snohomish County Sheriff's force. During the many years he lived in Alaska, George worked for the Anchorage Police Department, the Alaska State Department of Commerce and the US Department of Transportation. Pretty impressive!! George says he is now "retired and loafing" but he seems to keep pretty busy with daughter Heather and grandson Joshua.