Arthur Ives (1890 – 1934)

by Willie Bright

Arthur Ives was born to Noah Ives and Fannie Lewis on June 30th, 1890. He was an African American man born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. A short man with black hair and brown eyes. He has a medium build. Arthur Ives was a Baptist. He had a son named Arthur Ives, Jr. with an African American Woman named Annie Flora. Arthur Ives Jr. was born November 2nd, 1915 in Norfolk, VA.

Arthur Ives was a woodworker in Berkley, Norfolk before he enlisted in the army. Arthur Ives also worked as a laborer for the Norfolk & Western Railroad. He lived at 45 Lanee Row, S Norfolk, VA.

Arthur Ives joined the army on July 8th, 1918 at camp Lee, VA. He served in the Infantry, Labor Battalion, 338 “D” Co. 92nd Division. Arthur Ives was willing to do his part while in the army. He underwent mental and physical experiences at camp. It strengthened his faith in Christianity.

Arthur Ives later traveled to France. However, he did not take part in the fighting. He returned to the US on July 21, 1919, from Marseilles, France. The Army discharged Arthur Ives on July 23, 1919, as a Private 1st class. Once discharged he returned to his occupation as a woodworker for the rest of his life.

He died at the Age 43, June 1st, 1934, Portsmouth, Norfolk, Virginia. Arthur Ives cause of death was a cerebral hemorrhage. He rests at Mount Calvary.


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