George Arnold (settler)

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George Arnold
Born 1814
Died 1891
Nationality Scottish
Occupation General store owner and Postmaster
Spouse(s) Jane McCullough[1]
  • J. F. Arnold
  • Jessie Ann Arnold[2]

George Arnold was an early settler and the owner of Arnold's General Store on Richmond Road in "the Corners". On 6 August 1851 he became the first postmaster of the newly named Bell's Corners Post Office.[3] After the fire of 1870, he rebuilt facing the west instead of the north.[4] George Arnold held the position of postmaster until his death on 21 October 1891. He and his wife had two sons and a daughter.

On 22 January 1892 he was succeeded by his son, J. F. Arnold. On 30 May 1893 J. F. Arnold resigned as postmaster and the Arnolds sold the business to John Dawson and his sons. On 6 July 1893 A. G. Dawson assumed the postmaster duties.[5]

When the post office first opened in 1851 it had to adopt a more formal name and was named Bell's Corners after Hugh Bell.[6]


  1. ^ "Marriages in Bytown or Concerning Residents of Bytown, Nepean and Richmond, 1829-1856". 
  2. ^ "Carleton 81". 
  3. ^ "Post Offices and Postmasters". Philately and Postal History. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  4. ^ J. L. Gourlay (1896). History of the Ottawa Valley. Ottawa, ON. p. 288. 
  5. ^ J. L. Gourlay (1896). History of the Ottawa Valley. Ottawa, ON. p. 288. 
  6. ^ "Patchwork Communities of Historical Nepean". Rediscover Ottawa: Exploring the Capital's local history. Retrieved 23 August 2011.