Mr. John Franklin Arthurs was born on January 19, 1874, in Warsaw Township, Jefferson County, PA, on what
was known locally as the Samuel Arthurs farm. He was one of the sons of William H. and Cornelia (Case)
Arthurs. His public school years were in Kersey, Elk County, PA, and in 1894, he completed a course in the
Iron City Business College, in Pittsburgh, PA. His goal was to gain training in Civil Engineering. From 1894 to
1898, he managed the Central Hotel in Brookville. During 1898 and 1899, he engaged in the ice business
during the winter and worked on survey for the Shawmut Railroad. He was also an assistant in the building of
the Jefferson County Home. His career included working with the county surveyor, as an instrument man, and
also was hired by various railroad lines that were putting lines thru Jefferson County. In 1914, he assumed the
office of County Surveyor for Jefferson County, and was Superintendent of Highways for the county. In 1923,
he joined W. C. Quick and Company, in construction of highways, as they put in some of the first concrete surfaced roads and streets in the area. On September 21, 1904, he married Cora May Steele, born July 7,
1874, a daughter of James and Sarah (Neese) Steele, and established a home in Brookville. They became
the parents of three sons and one daughter: J. Frank, Jr., Richard, and James S. Arthurs, and Sarah (Arthurs ) Pitts.
Mr. Arthurs died suddenly on December 12, 1962, and was buried in the Brookville Cemetery. His wife, Cora, died less than two months later, on February 3, 1963, and was buried beside her husband in the family plot.