One of the representative business men of Marysville, where he has been identified for over twenty-five years with the growth and expansion of town and county, Mat Arnoldy, as he is familiarly known by all his friends, was born on the plains of Kansas, at Tipton, Mitchell County,  January 8, 1877, and was reared on a farm in that locality.  His parents were Nicholas and Angela (Gasper) Arnoldy, pioneers of Mitchell County, Kans.  The father served as a soldier in the Civil War as a member of a Minnesota regiment.  He passed away in 1887 and the mother survived until December, 1897.

            Mat Arnoldy was educated in the local schools of his district, remaining at home to assist his mother on the farm till twenty years of age, when he decided to come to California.  In October, 1897, he came West and settled at Marysville.  He learned the trade of the barber, and with his brother opened the Palace Barber Shop in 1900.

            In January, 1907, Mr. Arnoldy bought out the Van Buskirk Fuel & Feed establishment; and since that date he has carried on the business, with a steady increase in volume of sales until, in 1922, they reached an amount four times as great as the gross sales made in the first year of his management.  In 1914 the business was incorporated under the name of the Marysville Fuel Company.

            In addition to his business interests, Mr. Arnoldy has been prominent in civic affairs in Yuba County, serving as councilman of Marysville for four years, from 1912 to 1916, and later as mayor of the city from 1918 to 1920.  He was one of the active workers for the adoption of the new city charter, and served for two years, from 1920 to 1922, as a member of the city council after its adoption.

            A man noted for his genial qualities and good-fellowship, Mr. Arnoldy has for years been a noted figure in fraternal circles in California.  As a member of the Foresters of America, he has passed all the chairs of that order, and is Past Grand Chief Ranger of the Grand Court of California, serving from 1919 to 1920; he attended the Supreme Lodge as a delegate at Buffalo in 1905, at Baltimore in 1921, and Cleveland in 1923.  He is Past Exalted Ruler of Marysville Lodge No. 763, B.P.O.E., and was a delegate to the Grand Lodge convention of the order at Denver in 1914.  He helped organize the Marysville lodge of Knights of Columbus, and was the first Grand Knight of the lodge, also serving as a delegate each year for five years to the Grand Lodge meetings.  He has passed all the chairs of the Red Men and has thrice been a delegate to the Grand Lodge conventions of that order.  He has made a unique and honorable record in fraternal fellowship, a field of endeavor now recognized more than ever before as one of the greatest factors in present-day development and advancement.

            The marriage of Mr. Arnoldy, which occurred at Marysville, January 9, 1900, united him with Miss Kate Heenan, a native of Yuba County and a daughter of Patrick and Nora Heenan, pioneer farmers of Yuba County, now both deceased.  One son has blessed their union, Francis, aged nine.  Mr. Arnoldy is a member and ex-vice president of the Chamber of Commerce, and also a member of the Rotary Club.

History of Yuba and Sutter Counties, Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, 1924

p.  575


            A man of recognized sterling worth in the community where he resides is Charles Selinger, an esteemed citizen and rancher of Yuba County.  He was born May 22, 1874, at Ironton, Iron County, Mo., the son of John and Marie Selinger, natives of Germany.  In 1890, he came with his father to California and settled at Marysville.  After four years, his father, who was a farmer, returned to Missouri, where he was laid away to rest. 

            Charles Selinger was reared on the farm and attended the public school.    He started out for himself when he was twenty-one years old, working on ranches.  On February 23, 1902, at Marysville, he was united in marriage with Alice Dunn, a native of Greene County, Mo., the daughter of John B. and Margaret (Love) Dunn.  She came to California a child, in 1875, and was reared in the vicinity of Wheatland.  About 1907, Mr. Selinger purchased seventy-two acres of land one mile north of Wheatland.  When the State Highway was built, however, four acres were taken off; the remaining portion has been devoted to grain.  Mr. and Mrs. Selinger are the parents of one daughter, Adah Isabel, who is attending the Wheatland Union High School, class of 1925.  She is a talented pianist and plays in the local orchestra and at the Movie Theater.  Mr. Selinger is an active worker for the promotion of the public welfare, and is found in the vanguard where progress is the watchword.

History of Yuba and Sutter Counties, Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, 1924

p.  584-587


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