John E. Arbuckle

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
July 9, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 470

JOHN E. ARBUCKLE is the cashier of the Kanawha Union
Bank at Glenville, Gilmer County, a well ordered institu-
tion that is a state depository and that effectively safeguards
and advances the business and civic interests of the com-
munity in which it is established. The bank bases its oper-
ations upon a capital stock of $40,000, has a surplus fund
of equal amount, its undivided profits are in excess of
$6,000, and its deposits are nearly $600,000. S. A. Hays
is president of the Bank, C. M. Bennett is vice president,
John E. Arbuckle is cashier, and L. D. Zinn is assistant
cashier. Besides the president, vice president and cashier
the directorate of the institution includes also James H.
Arbuckle. Jacob Moore, John S. Withers, A. L. Holt, G. B.
Feed and N. E. Rymer.

John E. Arbuckle was born in the Village of Troy, Gilmer
County, West Virginia, on the 24th of February, 1879, and
is a son of James H. and Margaret E. (McClintock) Ar-
buckle, the former of whom was born in what is now Green-
brier County, this state, in 1846, and the latter of whom
was born in Bath County. Virginia, both families having
early been founded in the Old Dominion State. James H.
Arbuckle was for many years engaged in the general mer-
chandise business at Troy, and is one of the venerable and
substantial citizens of Gilmer County, with inviolable place
in popular confidence and esteem. He was a Confederate
soldier in the Civil war, is affiliated with the United Con-
federate Veterans and the Independent Order of Odd Fel-
lows. and both he and his wife are zealous members of the
Presbyterian Church. Of the six children five are living:
Eustice M., who graduated in the West Virginia State
Normal School at Glenville. now resides at Parkersburg,
this state, and is in the United States internal revenue
service; John E., of this sketch, is the next in order of birth;
Miss Alice C. remains at the parental home, at Glenville;
J. Earl, a graduate of the normal school at Glenville, is
one of the prosperous farmers and stock-growers of Gilmer
County; and Alma J., a graduate of the State Normal
School at Glenville, is now a successful and popular teacher
in this institution.

John E. Arbuckle acquired his youthful education in the
public schools of Troy, and in 1901, shortly after attaining
to his legal majority, he took a position as bookeeper
for the Little Kanawha Valley Bank at Glenville. Later
he was chosen cashier of the bank, and in this executive
position he continued his efficient service from 1904 to 1906,
in which latter year that institution was consolidated with
the First National Bank of Glenville, under the present
corporate title of the Kanawha Union Bank, and he was
made cashier of the new institution, to the success of which
he has contributed much by his careful and progressive
policies. He is one of the representative business men
of his native county, and here his circle of friends is
limited only by that of his acquaintances. He and his
brother are the owners of a valuable landed estate of 1,500
acres in Gilmer County, and he has capitalistic interests also
in gas and oil production arid also coal mining in this section
of the state. Mr. Arbuckle is a past master of Gilmer
County Lodge No. 118, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons,
and at Weston he is affiliated with the Chapter of Royal
Arch Masons and the Commandery of Knights Templar,
the while he has received the thirty-second degree of the
Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Masonry and is a member
also of the Mystic Shrine and the Order of the Eastern
Star. In politics he is found arrayed as a loyal supporter
of the cause of the democratic party. Both he and his wife
are members of the Presbyterian Church at Glenville, and
he is serving as an elder in the same.

Oh the 6th of October, 1909, was solemnized the mar-
riage of Mr. Arbuckle and Miss Mildred Ruddell, who was
born and reared in Gilmer County and who was graduated
from the musical department of the Mary Baldwin Semi-
nary at Staunton, Virginia, she having there received the
gold medal awarded for special proficiency in music. Mr.
and Mrs. Arbuckle have no children living, but they have
one daughter dead.