James Hunter Arnott1

M, #5, b. 4 August 1894, d. 12 December 1957
Last Edited=29 Nov 2012
This is the home that James H. and Grace Arnott were living in when they left Crested Butte. Grace lived in this house summers until her death.
     James Hunter Arnott, son of John Hunter Arnott and Helen Monro, was born on 4 August 1894 at Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado.1,2 James Hunter Arnott was the son of John Hunter Arnott and Helen Monro.

James Hunter Arnott appeared on the United States census of 1900 in the household of John Hunter Arnott at Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado.3

His son Tom reports that his father worked in the mines from the age of 14 and at the age of 12 started working in the lamp cabin repairing lamps for the miners. He did not continue his schooling but was trained and taught at the mine by Eric Johnson. Jim became a master mechanic.

When the mine closed in Crested Butte in 1952, he was the mechanic there and was responsible for closing up the mine. All of the large equipment was placed inside the mine and then he blew up the openning and sealed it all inside.

After the mine closed he went to work as assistant superintendent of the Allen mine in Trinidad, CO, and Grace, his wife, taught school there. He only worked there a short time, however, due to failing health. He died of black lung disease from the 50 years he worked in or around the coal mines.1,4

James Hunter Arnott appeared on the United States census of 1910 in the household of John Hunter Arnott at Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado, he was sixteen year's old. This census shows that James worked in the mine as an engineer for the entire year.5

James Hunter Arnott married Ella Estelle Bottenfield, daughter of Elmer E. Bottenfield and Sarah Ann Bailey, on 23 March 1915 at Gunnison County, Colorado.6,7

James Hunter Arnottenlisted for service in World War II on 5 June 1917 at Gunnison County, Colorado. He was working as a Machinist for the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company in Crested Butte, Colorado and was reported to be tall and slender with gray eyes and black hair.8

On Thursday, July 13, 1917, there is this note in the Elk Mountain Pilot: "Jas. Arnott and John Pasic returned Mon. from Denver were they have been taking their examination for miners."9

This researcher's father has mentioned numerous times that he believed his father (James Hunter Arnott) was a member of the Ku Klux Klan in Crested Butte. Whether or not that was the case, it appears that the Klan there worked as kind of "moral enforcers." In May 1918 appeared the following in The Elk Mountain Pilot: "Our Kuklux Klan has been busy again rounding up delinquents in the Liberty Loan. Following the posting of Crested Butte's Roll of Honor at the bank, our Klan systematically went over the list checking in their minds those whose names could and did not appear. As a result one was pulled from under his bed, another found behind a pile of boxes in his coal house and by bed time five new names were enrolled and $950.00 was added to Uncle Sam's loan. Good work, eh?"10

In 1920, James Hunter Arnott appeared on the United States Census, at Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado.11

In 1930, James Hunter Arnott appeared on the United States Census, at Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado.12

James Hunter Arnott married Grace Katherine Curran, daughter of Daniel Curran and Mary Whelan, on 7 June 1933 at Gunnison County, Colorado.13

On 4 April 1940, James Hunter Arnott appeared on the United States Census, at Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado, Jim was working as a machinist in a coal mine. He had completed the 7th grade in school.14

James Hunter Arnott died on 12 December 1957 at Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colorado, at age 63.15 and was buried at Crested Butte Cemetery, Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado.

Children of James Hunter Arnott and Ella Estelle Bottenfield

Child of James Hunter Arnott and Grace Katherine Curran

Citations

  1. [S124] Personal knowledge of this researcher, Lynell Arnott (Florence, Arizona), from family connections and information from family member's direct knowledge of events.
  2. [S414] Arnott Family, Family Bible - Arnott Family (n.p.: n.pub., unknown publishing information); Noreen Welch, Lakewood, Colorado. Hereinafter cited as Arnott Family Bible.
  3. [S1] 1900 United States Census, population schedule, Supversion District 2, Enumeration District 140, Sheet 8, Line 1.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  4. [S113] Interview with Thomas Ellsworth Arnott (informant address private) , by this researcher, 1996 to present. Notes of this interview are in the personal records of this researcher (Florence, Pinal County, Arizona).
  5. [S2] 1910 United States Census, population schedule, Supervision District 2, Enumeration District 63, Sheet 6, Page 4, Precinct 4.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  6. [S16] Marriage Record, Certificate #1486. Certified by George L. Nuckolls, Minister photocopy or digital copy is in the personal records of this researcher, Florence, Pinal County, Arizona.
  7. [S131] John Chandler Clement, Colorado Marriages 1859-1939 (Denver, Colorado: John Chandler Clement, unknown publish date), License # 1486
    . Hereinafter cited as Colorado Marriages 1859-1939.
  8. [S196] WWI Civilian Draft Registrations, online digital images by subscription Ancestry.com. Hereinafter cited as WWI Draft Registration.
  9. [S160] Unknown author, Elk Mountain Pilot, Crested Butte, Colorado: Thursday, July 13, 1917 issue.. Hereinafter cited as "An article in Elk Mountain Pilot, Crested Butte, Colorado."
  10. [S160] Unknown author, Elk Mountain Pilot, Crested Butte, Colorado: Thursday, May 2, 1918 issue.. Hereinafter cited as "An article in Elk Mountain Pilot, Crested Butte, Colorado."
  11. [S3] 1920 United States Census, population schedule, Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado, listed as Electrician in coal mine.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  12. [S120] 1930 United States Census, population schedule, Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado, sheet 1A, family 7.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  13. [S131] John Chandler Clement, Colorado Marriages 1859-1939 (Denver, Colorado: John Chandler Clement, unknown publish date), License # B58. Certified by Bernard Gillic, Catholic Priest.
    . Hereinafter cited as Colorado Marriages 1859-1939.
  14. [S480] 1940 United States Census, population schedule, Enumeration District 26-12, page 1A, Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado, roll T267_464.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  15. [S36] Newspaper Obituary, unknown newspaper, Gunnison Country Times, Gunnison, Colorado, December 13, 1957., photocopy or digital copy is in the personal records of this researcher, Florence, Pinal County, Arizona.
  16. [S26] Cemetery Headstone A Photograph is in the personal records of this researcher, Florence, Pinal County, Arizona.