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William Arnold, Pioneer Book Seller

March 17, 2009

William Arnold, Pioneer Book Seller, A Chronology


Served on the nominations committee for the first annual meeting of the Sanitarium Improvement Company. YB 1885, p. 66


The first party of Seventh-day Adventist missionaries, consisting of S. N. Haskell, J. 0. Corliss, M. C. Israel (ministers), W. Arnold (a colporteur from Michigan), and H. Scott (a printer),; landed in Australia. Melbourne was chosen as the first field, and it proved a fruitful one, for at the close of 1886 there was a church of one hundred members established. RH 1918, V95-31

J. O. Corliss’ wife and two children came as well; as did Israel’s wife and their two daughters. On May 10, they took passage on the ship Australia from San Francisco, and twenty-eight days later landed in Sydney, June 8. In about a month from then they were all settled in Richmond, Melbourne, and on July 4, 1885, they held their first Sabbath school, their membership being eleven persons, comprising workers and their families (as listed above). They met in Haskell’s rented house in Richmond, Victoria (AAR 1901-07 sp03, p. 13).

The original Minute book for this gathering “recorded the following: Superintendent, Pastor S. N. Haskell; secretary, Jane Israel. The lesson study was, ‘The Saints’ Inheritance,’ and ten were present as students. No offering was recorded.” AAR 1965-33, p.2.

In less than three weeks, on July 21, a mission was opened in the Temperance Hall, Richmond. A little later that year, with the mission work well begun in Australia, S. N. Haskell left for New Zealand. RH 1948-19, p. 16

“These laborers met with opposition from both the pulpit and press. They worked as best they could, visiting, holding Bible-readings, and selling books, Brother Arnold selling over 1000 copies of Daniel and Revelation in Melbourne in less than a year. Many tears were shed and prayers offered in connection with this first year’s work. ” AAR 1901-08, p. 10.

“With the first contingent of workers came also Brother H. 8cott, the printer of the party. It was in the bedroom of Brother Scott in Richmond that the first type was set up and it was then conveyed by handcart to the local press for the printing of our first literature in Australia.

“Quite a number of older brethren will remember the old Bible Echo printed at Best Street, North Fitzroy. The printing press for this paper was given by Brother Arnold, who gladly donated £250 earned by the sale of “Daniel and the Revelation…” AAR 1935-30, p. 11.


November 22, Tenth Meeting of the 1887 General Conference Session: “26. That Wm. Arnold, now in Australia, go to England to help in establishing the canvassing work there.” YB 1888, p. 41.

In June, 1888, Bro. Wm. Arnold arrived from Australia, and spent a few weeks canvassing for “Thoughts on Daniel and the Revelation.” His efforts were attended with marked success. The willingness to read on the subjects presented in the Bible readings which have been held, is continually increasing, and many families have become interested in different parts of the city. Several soldiers at the barracks at Southampton have embraced the truth principally by reading. YB 1891, p. 75
Noted as England’s first colporteur. TCOG, 1945-3, p.5
April, May and June; Arnold “very successful” in London. YB 1891, p. 76


“The work in the West Indies was begun by Brother Wm. Arnold, in the winter of 1888-9. He visited and sold books on the islands of Santa Croix, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Antigua, Montseratt, and Barbadoes. He gave to the International Tract Society the addresses of 1,200 persons who had purchased ” Thoughts on Daniel and the Revelation” from him, and the society began sending literature to them and corresponding with them. A number began to obey as the result of this work.

On November 7, 1890, Elder Dexter A. Ball sailed to Barbadoes, in company with Brother Arnold. A gentleman owning a mission building in Bridgetown invited Elder Ball to hold meetings in his chapel, and fifty-seven discourses were preached. A number accepted the truth, and since then a church has been organized.

Saint Vincent was then visited by Elder Ball, and also Antigua. At the latter place, the work of a sister who had become acquainted with the truth in London, England, had led several to accept it. About sixty services were held here, and twenty-six persons joined the believers in the West Indies. – Saint Kitts and Santa Croix were also visited. At Montseratt, an open-air service was held, and a number of books were sold.

“We have also been able to respond to the pressing calls from the West Indies by sending Elder D. A. Ball of the Pennsylvania Conference to labor in that field, and with him Wm. Arnold.” YB 1891, p. 46

“Elder Ball then revisited Saint Kitts, to make arrangements for Brother Charles D. Adamson to enter the work. While there, three persons signed the covenant, as the result of personal work. On the way to Barbadoes, a few days were spent at Dominica. Reaching Barbadoes, after a long absence, it was found that the brethren there were of good courage, and their numbers had been increased. Brother Adamson joined Elder Ball in the work there for about six weeks, when, they went to the island of Grenada. Here they found a number keeping the Sabbath as the result of a brother’s efforts, who had received the truth through reading a book which he had purchased in South America.

“Brother Wm. Arnold is still canvassing in the islands, with good success.” YB 1892, p. 74, 75


Arnold works in Demerara (Guyana); writes a descriptive letter home to his children.


He spends the summer in Trinidad to wait out Demerara’s rainy season.

Arnold works the summer in Tobago.


Marketing the Magic Pocket Vaporizer, “because everybody wants it.”

I find little difficulty in getting recommendations from influential people, having secured haif a dozen testimonials from among the clergy of this city (Battle Creek). The canvasser needs but little capital in selling this instrument, as deliveries are made as fast as opportunity affords, and In this way he will find his influence constantly increasing. A splendid opportnnity is also afforded to do missionary work among the suffering, and the canvasser can make good wages besides.

I predict a large sale for the Magic Pocket
Vaporizer.” ALUG 1904-45, p.11


April 25-26, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold attend a meeting at West Valley, New York. “We were glad to see Brother and Sister Wm. Arnold present. Brother Arnold is not very strong physically, but his courage and hope in the Lord is strong. ” ALUG 1908-19, p. 4.

Lives at Ellicottville, New York. W. B. White reports on his visit with Arnold. ALUG 1910-01, p. 2.



Lived in Colorado for a time and now coming back to Ellicottville. ALUG 1917-22, p. 8.


William Arnold dies. Survived by his wife and daughter, Mabel. ALUG 1922-25, p. 8.

Lulu Wightman

November 1, 2008

1904, SDA Yearbook

New York Conference of the Atlantic Union.

J.S. and Lulu Wightman of Conewango Valley both listed as Licentiates.

1905, same, of Lakeville, N.Y.

1906, J.S. listed as a Minister; Lulu still as a Licentiate. Home: Hemlock, Livingston County

1907, same as 1906, of 317 West Bloomfield St., Rome, N.Y.

1909, same as 1906, of Central Union Conference, Nebraska


1910, SDA Yearbook

Central Union Conference

J.S. Wightman, Minister
Mrs. Lulu Wightman, Licentiate

Address on page 211, 803 Cleveland Ave., Kansas City, Mo.

Errata, page 233

“Pages 31 and 211: Omit the name of Mrs. Lulu Wightman. ”


The Menace of Prohibition (1916)
by Lulu Wightman
Paperback: 36 pages
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing (February 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 054884772X
ISBN-13: 978-0548847725


The September 26, 1917 Atlantic Union Gleaner’s obituary for Helen M. Robard Cook mentions Lulu Wightman:

“She was converted under the preaching of Sister Lulu Wightman, and became a charter member of the Seventh-day Adventist church in Wallace, N. Y., in July, 1898….”


Kit Carson Russell, on his way back from General Conference visited with his sister and her family:


ON the morning of April 14 we left San Francisco for our return trip east on the Southern Pacific via Los Angeles, Loma Linda, and Salt Lake City. From San Francisco to Los Angeles we took the Pacific Coast line.

We spent the fifteenth in visiting with my sister, Mrs. Lulu Wightman, and her daughter, Miss Ruth. Her husband, John S. Wightman, is seriously ill with tuberculosis…”

1918, In the March 6 Atlantic Union Gleaner obituary for her brother Claude Russell, her address is Los Angeles, California.

1920, January 29. In the RH obituary for her brother Kit Carson Russell her address is Los Angeles, California. ALUG 04-24-1918


August 15, 1928 Atlantic Union Gleaner

EDMTSTER—Sister Leonora Edmister died at Burt, N. Y., July 20, 1928, aged 51. She accepted of the truth from Miss Lulu Wightman and has lived a consistent Christian life. She leaves her husband, five sons, and three daughters. We hope to again meet her where no farewell tear is shed.

H. W. Carr.


Books by Lulu Wightman

1. The menace of prohibition 1. The menace of prohibition
by Lulu Wightman
Language: English
Publisher: Los Angeles, Cal. : L. Wightman : Los Angeles Print. Co., ©1916.
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2. A great declaration 2. A great declaration
by Lulu Wightman
Language: English
Publisher: [United States : s.n., 1913?]

3. Great questions of the hour 3. Great questions of the hour
by Lulu Wightman
Language: English
Publisher: Reno, Nev. : Mrs. L. Wightman, [1914?]


Price 25 Cents


Book about Lulu Wightman

by Josephine Benton
Chapter 3, Minister to Legislatures: Lulu Wightman
Licensed minister 1897 to 1907, 1909 to 1910
Ordained minister in 1908