Thomas Hunter Arnott1

M, #20, b. 23 May 1899, d. 13 March 1990
Last Edited=21 Sep 2007
     Thomas Hunter Arnott, son of John Hunter Arnott and Helen Monro, was born on 23 May 1899 at Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado.2 Thomas Hunter Arnott was the son of John Hunter Arnott and Helen Monro.

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

Thomas Hunter Arnott appeared on the United States census of 1910 in the household of John Hunter Arnott at Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado.4

Thomas Hunter Arnott was mentioned in an article regarding his brother, Joe. The article states that Joe went to Walsenburg to visit Tom, who was living and working there; In the Elk Mountain Pilot on April 25, 1918, we read: "Joe Arnott left on Saturday for a visit with his bother Tom who is working in Walsenburg. Joe, who is one of the splendid young men of the town, expects to leave very soon to enter service. We understand that he has been studying hard all winter fitting himself for special service in the electrical department. It is just such young men as this who are going to make this a 'decent world to live in.5'"

Thomas Hunter Arnottenlisted for service in World War II on 12 September 1918 at Gunnison County, Colorado. Tom was reported to have been tall, of slender build, brown eyes and black hair. At the time he was working as a coal miner for the Pueblo Fuel and Mining Company in Crested Butte, Colorado.6

Thomas Hunter Arnott appeared on the United States census of 1920 in the household of John Hunter Arnott at Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado.7

In 1920 Tom was listed as being a driver in the coal mine.8


Thomas Hunter Arnott appeared on the United States census of 1930 in the household of Helen Monro at Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado.9

Thomas Hunter Arnott appeared on the United States census of 6 April 1940 in the household of Helen Monro at Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado, Tom was living with his mother Nellie and not working at the time of this census.10

"Uncle Tom" stayed with Ma Arnott (Helen Monroe Arnott), his mother, until she died in 1957. He never married and was very much of a "loner." Some in the family think that Tom may have had epilepsy and that that contributed to his staying away from people so much. As a child, this researcher thought that Tom was a true "hermit" and found that very facinating.

In the years after his mother's death, he often took long walks through the mountains around Crested Butte. Often, if someone wanted to find him, they would go up around the Peanut Mine and there he would be.

In his elder years Tom lived in a home in Pueblo and was looked after by nephews.11

Thomas Hunter Arnott died on 13 March 1990 at Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colorado, at age 90.2,12 He was cremated at Gunnison County, Colorado. Some of Tom's ashes were scattered near Peanut Lake where Tom had very often taken walks. Gene Arnott and Thomas E. Arnott also scattered some of the ashes on the east side of the Crested Butte cemetery.11

His Social Security number was 523-70-2686.2

Citations

  1. [S179] Interview with Alice Joyce Stevens Arnott (informant address private) , by this researcher, 1996. Notes of this interview are in the personal records of this researcher (Florence, Pinal County, Arizona).
  2. [S22] , Social Security Death Index. (Salt Lake City: Family History Library, FamilySearch, 1994). Hereinafter cited as Social Security Death Index.
  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. [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.
  5. [S160] Unknown author, Elk Mountain Pilot, Crested Butte, Colorado: Thursday, April 25, 1918 issues.. Hereinafter cited as "An article in Elk Mountain Pilot, Crested Butte, Colorado."
  6. [S196] WWI Civilian Draft Registrations, online digital images by subscription Ancestry.com. Hereinafter cited as WWI Draft Registration.
  7. [S3] 1920 United States Census, population schedule, Maroon Avenue. John listed as Superintendent of the 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.
  8. [S3] 1920 United States Census, population schedule; 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.
  9. [S120] 1930 United States Census, population schedule, Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado, sheet 2A, pricinct 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.
  10. [S480] 1940 United States Census, population schedule, Precinct 7, Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado, Supervisor's District 9, Enumeration District 26-12, written sheet 4A,stamped page 61 Family 77.; 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.
  11. [S124] Personal knowledge of this researcher, Lynell Arnott (Florence, Arizona), from family connections and information from family member's direct knowledge of events.
  12. [S36] Newspaper Obituary, unknown newspaper, Gunnison Country Times, March 28, 1990., photocopy or digital copy is in the personal records of this researcher, Florence, Pinal County, Arizona.