Short News Items from 1912

Charley Armstrong has made his trip to California and has stuck his stake there and will move out ere long. He bought a lot and bungalow next door to John Smith’s, and is very much please with his purchase. Before buying he went up the state to San Francisco and to other places, but he found it too foggy up that way to suit him, and so concluded to settle in Santa Monica. He found a man who was just in the humor for selling and he got a bargain, being worth at least $3500 he got it for $2700. He says Mr. and Mrs. Smith are enjoying life in an ideal manner. They live eight blocks from the sea, and the fishing is good and Mr. Smith makes the most of it. Deer and other game may be had in the mountains five miles from there. Mr. Armstrong expects to take his sisters with him, and for a short time they will all live in the bungalow. We wish them every happiness, but are sorry they leave Kossuth county. (Algona Courier, February 9, 1912)

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Short News Items from 1911

Charley Armstrong came to Algona Tuesday and bough a Ford, paying spot cash for it. He won’t take anybody’s dust from this on. (Algona Courier, August 25, 1911)

Charley Armstrong and family of Irvington expect to leave for their new home in California in January and his sisters, the Misses Mary and Lucy Armstrong, will go with them and make their home in the west if it suits them. Charley will have a sale in a few days and sell of his personal effects. (Algona Upper Des Moines, December 20, 1911)

Dr. J.R. Armstrong

Died at His Late Home in Irvington Monday of this Week.

He Was One of the Foremost Pioneers of the County and One of Its Strongest and Best Characters.

On Monday last Dr. J.R. Armstrong passed from this life surrounded by his children and friends. In his passing one of the ablest and best loved, and in his time, one of the most influential of the pioneers has joined the silent majority. He was a rugged character, a strong man mentally and physically, well educated, broad and generous in his views, and kind and helpful to his brother pioneers who needed advice and material assistance. Among all that sturdy band of pioneers none enjoyed a larger following than did Dr. Armstrong, and none retained so wide an influence so long. He made Irvington his home from the first to the last, and the whole community for miles around sought his advice on nearly every thing and looked up to him as a guide, philosopher and friend. And their confidence was never betrayed by Dr. Armstrong. He was public spirited and contributed freely to institutions from which he could get not return personally or financially. Such men as he do honor to our common manhood are indeed too few.

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Short News Items from 1905

Miss Lillie Doty, of Talmadge Hill spent Saturday and Sunday with her aunt, Mrs. R.T. Shipman. (Van Ettenville Valley Breeze, May 11, 1905)

W.R. Rorick, of Sadler, Huddleston & Co., East Buffalo, N.Y., was also with us yesterday and met many old friends and associates. (Detroit Free Press, May 12, 1905)

Charley Armstrong is the champion wolf killer of this region. A few days ago he brought in seven of them. (Algona Advance, June 22, 1905)

Short News Items from 1904

Charley Armstrong is up from Irvington today with the carcass of a large wolf which he trapped and secured. (Algona Advance, January 14, 1904)

Homer Drumm, who have [sic] been sick with lagrippe, is able to be out again. (Zanesville Times-Recorder, February 4, 1904)

Tracy Walling came up from Portland last night to attend the funeral of his brother, Fred Walling, at Zena this afternoon. (Salem Capital Journal, February 24, 1904)

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Short News Items from 1902

The crack shots of the vicinity contested for honors and an oyster supper in a shooting match, blue rock pigeons being used as targets. Frank Boehringer and Lorin Walling were the captains. Loyd Hunt carried off the honors with a score of five birds out of six shots. The winning side and their partners were feasted to oysters in Lincoln warehouse. A pleasant evening was spent in games, but the oysters gave out and Mr. Boehringer and Mr. Duncan have not been heard from since. (Polk County Itemizer, January 17, 1902)

D.A. Baxter, principal of the public schools at Meridian, is in the city to attend the county teachers’ meeting. (Idaho Statesman, February 9, 1902)

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Short News Items from 1899

Mrs. Z.C. Andruss returned Wednesday from her visit with her daughters, Mrs. Dilts, at Randolph, Iowa. (Algona Courier, January 6, 1899)

Mrs. Z.E. Brown of Minneapolis has been visiting her brother and sister, Dr. Armstrong and Mrs. Z.C. Andruss of Irvington. (Algona Republican, January 11, 1899)

Now that Steve George has joined the army of benedicts Wat Rorick has formed a partnership with Grant Cooksey and will be able to scoop any and all fishing next spring that is if he can teach Grant how to fish as fisherman should. (The Caldwell Advance, January 19, 1899)

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Short News Items from 1896

Dr. J.R. Armstrong of Irvington, this county, was adjudged insane by the commissioners yesterday and sent to the asylum today. He is one of the old residents of the county. (Des Moines Register, May 3, 1896)

Dr. J.R. Armstrong, of Irvington, this county, was adjudged insane by the commissioners and sent to asylum today. He is one of the old residents of the county. (Des Moines Register, May 3, 1896)

Dr. J.R. Armstrong, one of the pioneers of Kossuth county, has been pronounced insane as the result of protracted sickness. (Waterloo Courier, May 5, 1896)

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Death Notices from the 1880s

Mrs. Levina Armstrong, died in Pulteney, Steuben County, Jan. 6, 1871, aged 70 years. The deceased was a native of Sussex, N.J., but about forty years ago she, with her husband, came to Pulteney, where her whole life was spent in acts of usefulness. (Havana Journal, February 4, 1871)

STRADER—Near Peach Orchard, in Hector, N.Y., on Thursday, Jan. 25th, 1877, of Pneumonia, Madison Strader, aged 53 years. (Watkins Democrat, January 31, 1877)

The funeral of Madison Strader took place from the M.E. church, at Burdett, on Sunday afternoon last, and was quite largely attended. (Watkins Democrat, January 31, 1877)

Died, at Bellevue, January 13th, Emma Gertrude, infant daughter of Enos and Annie Walling, aged seven months. A letter to Mr. Walling, now at Boise, and whose babe died after he left Bellevue, says: “We laid the poor little babe to rest under the snow the day following my last letter. Forty persons attend the funeral on snow-shoes.”—Democrat. (Owyhee Avalanche, February 12, 1881)

Short News Items from 1882

Mrs. J.W. Linderman has returned home from Ludington where she had been visiting her son Frank. (Cheboygan Northern Tribune, February 4, 1882)

Doc. Walling has been out in the mountains, between Hailey, Muldoon and Bellevue, prospecting, and saw many evidences of mineral, though no veins of sufficient size to warrant his locating any. Doc. Walling has not given up the hope of finding a bonanza not far from Hailey before snow flies. (Wood River Times, September 15, 1882)

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Rorick, and Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Porter, of Seneca, Mich., are in the county visiting their relatives, the families of Dr. Armstrong and J.C. [sic] Andruss, of Irvington. The visitors report themselves highly pleased with Kossuth county. (Algona Republican, October 11, 1882)

E. Sutton, brother of J.P. Sutton, arrived Thursday morning for a visit. He resided here some years since, and is somewhat surprised at the improvement Cheboygan has made since he left. (Cheboygan Northern Tribune, November 18, 1882)