Short News Items from 1940

Mr. and Mrs. Zelora Armstrong of Des Moines came Sunday for a visit with Mrs. Dora Armstrong, returning home Sunday. The Neil Neilsons, Spencer, spent Sunday afternoon with Mrs. Armstrong. (Burt Monitor, July 18, 1940)

Scores of relatives and friends helped Mrs. Mary Ann Hickman celebrate her one-hundred and third birthday at her home at Reynoldsburg, Friday. (Columbus Sunday Dispatch, November 17, 1940)


Short News Items from the 1870s

Mr. E.F. Sutton of Houghton made but a short visit at the Minnesota mine during the week. (Lake Superior Miner, July 23, 1870)

A.G. Walling, of the emporium, came up as a delegate to the Grand Lodge I.O.G.T. and spent several days in town. (Albany State Rights Democrat, June 13, 1873)

Mr. J.T. Rorick, of Michigan, is visiting his cousin, J.R. Armstrong of Irvington. (Algona Upper Des Moines, July 21, 1875)

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Eva Rorick Crane

Mrs. Eva Crane, 88, died at Flower Hospital in Toledo at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday where she had been a patient for the past two months. Mrs. Crane made her home with her sister, Mrs. A.V. Foster at 2935 Valleyview Drive in Toledo.

She was born July 28, 1873, in Seneca to Casper [sic] and Alice Horton Rorick. She attended Raisan [sic] Valley Seminary and Adrian College. Mrs. Crane was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Delta Delta Delta Sorority and a charter member of the Fayette Woman’s Club. From 1906 to 1950 she lived in Fayette, before moving to Toledo.

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Business and Professional News from the 1900s

Judge Mays went across the river this morning, and in company with Mr. Rorick, of North Dalles, examined the grade leading to the top of the Klickitat mountain with the view of seeing what is necessary to be done to put it in good condition for the teams hauling wheat to this market. Mr. Mays has collected several hundred dollars from Dalles business men, which will be expended on the grade under the supervision of Mr. Rorick. (The Dalles Chronicle, October 3, 1900)

A beaver enterprise is soon to be started at Wood River by J.L. [sic] Loosley and D. Harshbarger. They will build an enclosure of woven wire and capture and stock it with beavers. The animals will be domesticated and the fur will be marketed. (Portland Oregonian, October 28, 1900)

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Deaths and Funerals from the 1940s

Dr. and Mrs. J.B. Munro, Miss Glade Kellogg, Mrs. Helen Partridge and C.M. Rorick were in Fayette Wednesday afternoon to attend the funeral of Mrs. F.T. Sullivan. (Adrian Daily Telegram, January 15, 1943)

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO: Relatives of Roy Rorick Murphy have received word of his death somewhere in France after being ill for five days with pneumonia. His remains have been buried in a government cemetery in France and cannot be removed until after the war. (Adrian Daily Telegram, June 22, 1943)

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Deaths and Funerals from the 1910s

Morenci—Casper Rorick, the president of the First National bank here, is dead at the home of his sister, Mrs. Rorick Bennett, Detroit, as the result of an operation. The widow and four children survive. (Benton Harbor News Palladium, April 28, 1910)

Z.T. Cooper, whose two sons were asphyxiated while digging a well near Las Vegas, has erected in the memory of the boys the Cooper Brothers Memorial Methodist Episcopal church at Rosalia, Washington. (Santa Fe New Mexican, January 3, 1911)

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Pioneer Citizen Is Dead

Z.C. Andruss Died Friday, February 5, in Nebraska

Widow Was Sister of the Late Doctor Armstrong and Now Lives With Only Daughter.

Z.C. Andruss died Friday, February 5, at his home in Yates Center, Neb. [sic], from pneumonia.

Mr. Andruss used to own the A.P. Ives farm in Irvington township. He left this county about 14 years ago, and lived in Council Bluffs a year or two. Then he moved to Yates Center, where he continued to reside until his death.

The body was buried at Randolph, Iowa, February 7, and that day happened to be the 72nd anniversary of his birth.

Mr. Andruss left a widow and one daughter. His wife and the late Dr. J.R. Armstrong, of Irvington, were sister and brother. Mrs. Andruss is now living with her only daughter, Mrs. John W. Dilts, of Randolph.

Source: Kossuth County Advance, March 3, 1915.

Untitled (Jacob R. Armstrong’s Barn)

Dr. McCoy kindly gave us a seat in his buggy during one of his professional calls at Cresco and Irvington last week, and we took the opportunity to visit the barn of Dr. Armstrong, of which we had heard so much. It is certainly the most complete barn for general purposes which could be well imagined. The first thing which one remarks is the extreme cleanliness of the whole, from the entrance room to the pig pen, a cleanliness with the Doctor assures us is chiefly owing to his children, upon who devolves the care of this large edifice. Going into the entrance room, we are first attracted by the neatly arranged rows of seed corn packed along the ceiling, next by the cobs, all of which are preserved for fuel. From this road leads the stairway to the bins and hay loft above. There we first note a number of large “bins” containing shelled seed corn, oats, wheat, &c., each arranged with sliding panels, and provided with a spout, for spouting the grain to the floor below for feed or bagging. The hay loft is provided with large spouts, spreading below, for feeding the horses and stock on the lower floor. Below, from the entrance room, lead two doors, one to the heads of the cattle for feeing them, the other into the stables. Beyond is a single stall for valves, or early milch cows, arranged with rings, hooks and sliding panels to convert it into a pen when needed. Still beyond are the hog pens, the troughs arranged with lids for feeding and the feed pens opening into the sleeping pens, still father back. On the side is the hen house, with capacity for 300 hens, the roosts arranged one above another and separated by sloping shelves to receive the droppings and prevent fouling the hens beneath. The nests are ingeniously prepared readiness of cleaning. Sand is scattered over the floor, shelves, and in the bottom of the nests, and the whole scrupulously clean. Wire screens at once admit air from without and prevent the inroads of owls &c., while the room is ventilated by openings in the large bay loft above. The barn throughout is made with a view to convenience, durability, and neatness, warmth in the winter and coolness in summer. There are double floors above and below, the outside is sheathed and clap-boarded, the partitions made of inch and a half matched stuff, doors and windows are all supplied with perfect fastening, and altogether a more complete barn in every respect, it were difficult to conceive.

Source: Algona Upper Des Moines, April 19, 1877.

Three Killed In Auto Accident South Of Algona

Daughter-in-Law of Mrs. J.A. Armstrong, Burt, One of Victims

Mrs. J.A. Armstrong received the shocking news Saturday morning of the death of her son’s wife, Mrs. Charlie Armstrong of Livermore.  Mrs. Armstrong met her death in an auto accident which occurred Friday evening about 8:30 on a curve three miles north of Livermore on highway 22, when a truck loaded with 20 head of cattle overturned on their car.  Seifert Thornton, 45, Mrs. C. Armstrong and Miss Fern Hewitt, the latter employed by Mrs. Armstrong ,were all killed.

Thornton’s wife and their two sons, 15 and 7, were taken to an Algona hospital in serious condition.

Funeral services for Mrs. Armstrong were held from the Methodist church at Livermore on Monday afternoon.  Mrs. J.A. Armstrong and daughter Mrs. N. Nielson of Spencer attended the last rites.

Source:  Burt Monitor, November 4, 1937.