Census-designated place in the Town of Waterville
★ Arkansaw's first and only park was dedicated Sunday, July 1, 1979. Arkansaw residents celebrated with a parade -- "replete with horses, bands, and other marching units . . . [and] a stagecoach sponsored by a bar, threw out ice cold beer to thirsty parade watchers". Community member Bill Yingst is credited with bringing the park to fruition. The park is located along Arkansaw Creek and Highway N.
Arkansaw Notable, Army Brig. Gen. Willard Ames Holbrook
Arkansaw native Williard Ames Holbrook (1860-1972) was born into a family with a long military tradition. While serving as Brigadier General with the 7th Field Artillery and the 1st Field Artillery Brigade during World War I, he was awarded the Army Distinguished Service Medal for “exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services” in the attacks on Cantigny and the Soissons salient. He was given a Silver Star Citation for “gallantry in action during the Philippine Insurrection, 1899 to 1902”. As a Colonel, he was awarded the Silver Star with oak leaf cluster for “gallantry [bravery] in action during the operations connected with the capture and defense of Cantigny, France, 27 to 31 May 1918”. He was also awarded the Mexican Service Medal, World War I Victory Medal, Army of Occupation of Germany Medal, French Croix de Guerre, French Legion of Honor (Officer) and Fourragère of the French Croix du Guerre.“New York Times Archives | 1986: Willard Ames Holbrook”
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