I was first introduced to Arnold in the fall of 1984, thanks to a dear friend whom I had met in Panama during my last year of active service in the US Army. John Rhodes was 20 years my senior at the time; he had retired from active military service years before and was now ending a full career as Federal Civil Service Employee. John and I became good friends, in part because of our mutual love of the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, and the shooting sports. John had long before discovered Arnold and had a part-time residence established in the community. He and Mary Tucker (his special other) would spend their six weeks of home leave from Panama each fall during the hunting season. In 1984, I retired from active military service and John retired from Federal Civil Service in Panama. He and Mary retired to Arnold; I retired to Pensacola, Florida. I made my first trip to Arnold in the fall of 1984 from Florida to hunt upland birds with John and have returned each year since.
John passed away in 2001 and I acquired a small residential property in Arnold that he and Mary had owned. My wife and I are now fully retired and we spend about five months of every year in Arnold; the remainder of the year is spent at our permanent legal residence in northwest Arkansas where we are close to our children and grandchildren. We are in Arnold in April and May to hunt wild turkey; back in September through December for dove, duck, pheasant, quail, and grouse.
Arnold is a small farming and ranching community located in the Sand Hills region of central Nebraska. We love the town and its down-to-earth, hard-working people. Over the years, we have made many good friends and feel very much a part of the community. We appreciate the small-town atmosphere with its traditional American values. The town meets all of our basic needs but we are in reasonable commuting distance of North Platte, Kearney, or Broken Bow should we have special needs or just want a change. The area itself is beautiful and unique with rolling farmland to the south intermingled with deep canyons; the Sand Hills to the north are spectacular in their own right and offer a unique landscape with wide-open cattle ranches and an abundance of wildlife.
Arnold is an integral part of our lives now and will continue to be so long as the good Lord will allow. Come and discover Arnold for yourself!”
William E. “Buzz” Lohmiller LTC, USA (RET)