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. 

John Armstrong

Winchester, Ind., May 25.—Word was received here Monday by relatives of the death of John Armstrong, 36 years old, of Toledo, Ohio. Death occurred Monday at 7:45 A.M. at a Toledo hospital.

Surviving are the wife, Lucille Marguerite; two sons, James Monroe and John Paul; two sisters, Mrs. Charles Lacey and Mrs. Julie Hartley of Roseville; two brothers, Bluff Armstrong of Columbus, Ohio and Joseph Armstrong of Zanesville.

Ernest Clark of the Clark, Maynard & Potter Funeral Home drove to Toledo for the body and returned here Monday night. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.

Mrs. Armstrong is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Monroe of Winchester. Her brother, Myron Monroe and wife drove to Toledo Monday and the family accompanied them home Monday night.

The deceased was in charge of the Toledo Warehouse Corporation at the time of his death. He had formerly been connected with the Continent Credit Corporation.

Source: The Richmond Item, May 26, 1936. (Note: Richmond, Indiana)

Untitled (John Rorick Armstrong)

ARMSTRONG—John R. Armstrong, entered into rest, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 1946, at the Genesee Hospital, aged 69 years. He is survived by several cousins.

—The body will rest at Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 2052 St. Paul Blvd., from 10 a.m. Friday until funeral services are held there at 1 p.m. Interment in Glen View Cemetery, Pulteney, Friday afternoon. Arrangements by Wade Logan, Penn Yan, N.Y.

Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, January 11, 1946.

Untitled (Lester W. Walling & Tressa Armstrong)

Lester W. Walling, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Walling of Lincoln was married to Tressa Armstrong, daughter of Mrs. Mary Armstrong of Woodburn, Friday morning at the courthouse at Salem. The mothers of the young couple and his sister, Miss Fay Walling, were present at the wedding.

Following the ceremony, Mrs. Harry Walling, aunt of the groom, served a wedding dinner at her Salem home. The young couple will make their home in Woodburn where Lester Walling has been a mail carrier for several years.

Source: Oregon Statesman, November 19, 1929.

Merle Nielsen

A former Irvington lady, Mrs. Merle Armstrong Nielsen, died Dec. 18 at the Longhouse Nursing Home in Spencer.

Funeral service for Mrs. Nielsen was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the First Christian Church in Spencer, with burial in North Lawn Cemetery.

Merle Armstrong, daughter of James and Dora Armstrong, was born at Irvington Aug. 14, 1890. She was married to Neal Nielsen and the couple had made their home in Spencer.

Source: Kossuth County Advance, December 24, 1979.