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George Francis Arnold (7-Feb-1848 - Dec-1914 )
(Photo identification speculative). George Francis Arnold was born in Corfu, Greece, to American parents, Albert Arnold and Sarah Allin. He attended Roxbury Latin School and Colgate University, and studied at the University of Bonn, Germany. He taught Greek and later worked as a librarian at Harvard University. He married Tirzah Snell Emerson and the couple lived in Cambridge. In 1892, they moved to the estate of Tirzah’s mother at 81 Davis Ave. where they lived with her until her death in 1903. In 1907, the town of Brookline purchased their land to create Emerson Park. The main house was moved across the street to 74 Davis Ave. and one of the caretaker's cottages was moved to 72 White Place. The Arnolds moved to 60 Davis Ave. George died in Brookline in 1914. Tirzah died in Hardwick, Massachusetts in 1922.

Boston Daily Globe, Dec 5, 1914
Born On Island of Corfu, III-Health Compelled Him to Give Up Profession as Greek Teacher. George Francis Arnold died yesterday at his home, 60 Davis Ave., Brookline, after a week's illness of pneumonia. Mr. Arnold was born on the Island of Corfu, Greece, Feb. 7, 1848, and spent his early boyhood in Athens. He came to America. at an early age and fitted for college at the Roxbury Latin School. He was graduated from Colgate University in 1871 and taught two years there. Following his marriage to Miss Tirzah Emerson of Brookline in 1873, he went to Germany and studied tor three years in the University of Bonn. Mrs. Emerson comes of one of the oldest and best known families of Brookline. The Emerson estate on Davis Ave. was cut up many years ago and part of it is now the Emerson Playground.
Failing health at the time of Mr. Arnold's return to the United States prevented his resuming his chosen work as a teacher of Greek. From 1878 to 1882 he assisted Justice Winsor In the Harvard Library. He moved from Cambridge to Brookline in 1892.
Mr. Arnold spent the winter of 1909-10 In Greece and made two other trips to Europe In recent years. He delighted in out-door life, playing golf and tennis and taking long walks. His summer home for the last 20 years was at Mt. Desert, Me., where he had a beautiful estate.

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