Erdman-Armstrong Wedding

Mrs. Marcella Erdman of Livermore will be married to Charles Armstrong of Livermore, Monday, Nov. 27th, in Algona. The couple will be attended by Mr. and Mrs. Milton Worby of LuVerne. Mrs. Erdman formerly lived in Algona. Mr. Armstrong operates two trucks and a filling station at Livermore. A wedding dance will be held at the Livermore hall, Monday evening.

Source: Algona Upper Des Moines, November 23, 1939.


Livermore Couple Wed Wednesday, Sept. 11, by Justice Don Sawyer

Nuptial vows were read for Ellen Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Smith of Livermore, and Milton Armstrong, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Armstrong, of Livermore, at six o’clock Wednesday evening, Sept. 11.

Don Sawyer, justice of the peace in Dakota City, officiated at the wedding.

The couple were accompanied by Mrs. Smith, mother of the bride, and Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong.

The bridegroom is engaged in trucking and transfer work with his father at Livermore.  The couple will live in Livermore.

Source:  Humboldt Independent, September 17, 1935.

Death Calls Pioneer Irvington Physician

Dr. J.R. Armstrong Succombed [sic] Monday, After Long Illness


Came to Irvington in 1857 and Lived an Active Life Until Age Forced Retirement

Dr. J.R. Armstrong of Irvington died Monday afternoon at half past two o’clock, following two years of illness with dropsy. Funeral services in charge of the Masons were held yesterday at Irvington church. Rev. Frank Day, pastor of the Baptist church, Algona, officiated and was assisted by Rev. F.A. Smiley, pastor of the Algona Presbyterian church. The pall bearers were Col. R.H. Spencer, D.A. Haggard, A.I. Bowen, W.P. Quarton, A.L. Webster and A.L. Bowen. The body was laid to rest in Irvington cemetery.

Dr. Armstrong was born in Sussex county, New Jersey, April 14, 1829. The following year his parents moved to Steuben county, N.Y., where his father bought a farm. There he attended the district school, and later, Franklin Academy at Prattsburg [sic], N.Y. Afterwards he graduated from Alfred University, Allegheny [sic] county, N.Y.

In 1856, when he was 27 years old, he came to Waterloo, Iowa, where he worked one year in a drugstore. In 1857 he settled at Irvington. Five years later he enlisted as a soldier in Captain Ingham’s company of the Northern Border Brigade. The next year he bought the general store which L.L. Treat had been keeping at Irvington.

In January, 1859, Dr. Armstrong married Jane Fife, a native of Vermont. The ceremony was performed by Rev. O.A. Holmes of Webster City. The doctor and his wife had seven children. Two died in infancy. One of the others, Lavina A., died at the age of twenty. Four survived and they are living in or near Irvington. James A. resides on a farm, three mile east of Irvington; Charles S., on a farm which adjoins Irvington on the northwest. Two daughters, Lucy A. and Mary J. are yet at the parental home. Mrs. Armstrong, who died Nov. 27, 1904, preceded her husband in death just seven years to a day.

Dr. Armstrong was a member of the first board of supervisors of Kossuth county. His colleague were Ambrose Call and M.C. Lathrop. He served three years, beginning in 1861.

He was one of the first and long the best known physician in the county, though, strangely enough, his named is not mentioned in the list of Kossuth county physicians, given in the History of Kossuth and Humboldt Counties, published in 1884. He was an early teacher also, as well as farmer and storekeeper. His activities, in fact, as was to be expected in a pioneer community, were many and varied for long years. He took a high place in the respect of the community from the start and maintained it until the close of his long, honored life. In his family, where his kindness and firmness were blended, he was seen at his best. His life’s work is done, yet there are many to mourn his passing, for he was of the type of sturdy pioneers who wrought successfully to make this state what it is today.

Source: Kossuth County Advance, November 30, 1911.

Death Comes to Chas. Armstrong, Livermore Citizen

Charles Lee Armstrong, 56, Livermore, died from coronary occlusion at his home early Saturday morning.

Surviving him are his wife, four sons (Earl, Milton, Floyd and Donald), all of Livermore, a brother, James, of Fort Dodge and a sister, Mrs. Mural [sic] Neilson of Spenser.

Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Methodist church at Livermore. Rev. Robert Phillips officiated with the Bogaard Funeral Home in charge.

Source: The Humboldt Independent, March 8, 1949.

Former Irvington Girl, 69, is Dead

News has been received of the death Sunday, November 19, of Luella Andruss Dilts, former Algona-Irvington girl, at her home in Randolph, near Council Bluffs.

Mrs. Dilts, who was the only child of Zebina and Amanda Andruss, was born at Morenci, Mich., June 2, 1865, and three years later her parents moved to Kossuth county. She was a niece of Doctor Armstrong, pioneer Irvington physician, and her family lived on the present E.R. Mawdsley farm, which they sold to Mr. and Mrs. A.P. Ives when the Andrusses left here.

Luella was educated in the Algona public schools and later attended State Teachers college. Troubled temporarily with her eyes, she attended the state school for the blind at Vinton for a short time. Her eyesight was later recovered.

She was married June 30, 1896, to John W. Dilts, Randolph, a widower with one child, a daughter, Bernice Dilts, who taught school here a number of years. Bernice is now Mrs. Spaulding, of Mitchell. After her marriage the parents moved to Council Bluffs to be near her.

Mrs. Andruss is survived by her husband, the stepdaughter, and a son,

Source: Kossuth County Advance, December 7, 1933.

Funeral of Amie S. Rorick

MORENCI, Aug. 18—The funeral of Mrs. Amie Spaulding Rorick was held in the Rorick home on East Main Street Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock. The Rev. S.N. Oliver of Muskegon, a former pastor of the Congregational Church in Morenci, officiated. The bearers were C.H. Rorick, C.K. Rorick of Morenci, Marvin Rorick, Ceilan Rorick, George Crane and Charles Baither of Toledo, all grandsons of the deceased. The burial was made in Oak Grove cemetery.

Relatives and friends from a distance who attended the service were Mr. and Mrs. A.V. Foster, Mr. and Mrs. Horton Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Baither, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Pruden [sic] of Toledo, Mr. and Mrs. Byron Foster and daughter Violet of Hudson, Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Crane of Fayette, Mrs. William Armstrong of Sharon, Pa., Mrs. Charles Wade, Mrs. George Harding and Mr. and Mrs. Williamson of Jonesville and John Beatty of Norwalk, Connecticut.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, August 18, 1931.

Small Town News

Mr. and Mrs. Zelora Armstrong, Mr. and Mrs. Pepper of Des Moines, Mrs. Neal Nelson [sic] of Spencer spent Sunday at the James Armstrong home.  Mrs. Armstrong is ill with lumbago.  (The Algona Upper Des Moines, May 3, 1933)

Mr. and Mrs. Zelora Armstrong, Des Moines, and Mrs. Neil Nielsen, Spencer, spent Sunday night with Mrs. Dora Armstrong.  On Monday they all attended the funeral of Mrs. Charles Armstrong, who was killed in an automobile crash Saturday.  She was a daughter-in-law of Mrs. Dora Armstrong.  (The Algona Upper Des Moines, November 11, 1937)

Mrs. Wickham Bross, of Honesdale, is visiting her sister, Mrs. John Knaub, and her brother. A.P. Altemeier in Port Jervis.  (The Citizen (Honesdale, PA), April 28, 1909)

Oxford Junction—Mrs. Anna Rorick Clegg of St. Paul is visiting her mother, Mrs. M.J. Rorick.  (Davenport Daily Times, August 1, 1913)

Mrs. A.P. Drumm was called to Zanesville Saturday by the illness of her little granddaughter, Juanita Drumm.  (Zanesville Times Recorder, May 15, 1909)

Homer A. Drumm, of Hopewell R.F.D., No. 1, was pleasantly surprised Monday, September 23 by a post card shower.  They young man has been critically ill for some months and his friends thought it would cheer him up by surprising him in this manner.  He received cards to the number of one hundred and over.  He is very grateful to his many friends who thus kindly remembered him.  (Zanesville Times Recorder, September 25, 1907)

Mrs. W.V. Hutchinson and daughters, Cornelia and Myra-Dell, from White Salmon, are visiting Mrs. A.O. Adams.  Mr. Hutchinson spent a few days here during the week with his family.  (Hood River Glacier, July 29, 1915).

Mrs. Caroline Rhodimer of Elmira is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Fred Grover.  (Elmira Star-Gazette, August 24, 1909)

Mrs. Carrie Rhodimer of Corning is here caring for her daughter, Mrs. Frank Daniels, who is suffering from the grip.  (Elmira Star-Gazette, February 17, 1910)

The many friends of Clifford Rochelle, of Fifth and Heaton streets, will be sorry to learn that he is confined to Ft. Hamilton hospital for treatment.  Mr. Rochelle has recently returned from the Good Samaritan hospital, Cincinnati, where he also underwent treatment.  (Hamilton Evening Journal, August 21, 1931)

Mabelle Rochelle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rochelle, of 206 North Millwood avenue, will represent the Carpenters’ union No. 201, in the civic parade this morning.  Mabelle is a pretty miss of ten summer and will make a representative of whom the carpenters may be justly proud.  Her father is first vice-president of the State Federation of Labor of Kansas.  (Wichita Daily Eagle, September 23, 1909)

Mrs. Dr. M.S. Rochelle and her granddaughter, Mabel Rochelle, left for Kanas City last evening over the Rock Island to make a week’s visit with her son and nephew, H.L. Rochelle and Ralph Ware.  (Wichita Eagle, November 25, 1904)

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Rochelle and daughter returned Saturday to their home in Wichita after completing the new elevator at Beaver.  (Hoisington Dispatch, April 17, 1919)

William Rochelle, the Fifth ward grocer, fell down cellar at noon and bruised himself very severely.  He was unconscious for some time.  No bones were broken.  (Hamilton Daily Democrat, June 17, 1890)

Oxford Junction—Miss J. Anna Rorick departed for Chicago Tuesday, where she will resume her musical studies, she expects to graduate in June.  (Davenport Daily Times, January 10, 1908)

Dalas [sic] Rorick was in Anamosa for a few days on official business.  (Davenport Daily times, March 6, 1909)

Dave Rorick, vice-president of the American Central Insurance Company, is at the Lankershim from St. Louis.  (Los Angeles Times, June 6, 1910).

Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Rorick of Toledo are at the Fairmont.  Mr. Rorick is a prominent banker of Ohio.  (San Francisco Chronicle, November 9, 1909)

The little child of Mr. J.T. Rorick at North Dalles is quite sick with typhoid fever.  (The Dalles Daily Chronicle, August 2, 1895)

Sylvester Search is on the sick list.  (Zanesville Times Recorder, February 9, 1898)

Armstrong Heirs of Aunt on Coast Who Died Recently

Irvington, Sept. 13—Merle Armstrong-Neilson, Spencer; Charles Armstrong, Livermore, and Zelora and James Armstrong, Burt, and Jane Armstrong, now of Santa Monica, Calif., the latter the only daughter of the late C.S. Armstrong, recently fell heir to the Lucy Armstrong estate.

Lucy Armstrong, whose married name is not known here, died sometime in the last few months, but old friends here have not heard details.

Besides nieces and nephews to whom Lucy Armstrong left here California estate, she had only a sister, Mrs. Mary Doty, Santa Monica. The brother James died a few years ago, and C.S. Armstrong and Lavina died in California may years ago. All were born and reared here, the children of Dr. and Mrs. J.R. Armstrong, Irvington pioneers.

The Advance located the Armstrongs some weeks ago for a lawyer who wrote to learn their addresses.

Source: Kossuth County Advance, September 14, 1937.

Armstrong, Who Died Suddenly at Home in Burt of Stroke Buried

BURT—James A. Armstrong died suddenly at his home here Monday afternoon, following an illness of only an hour or two, a stroke being the cause of his death.

He was born May 3, 1862 at Irvington and lived in Kossuth county all this life with the exception of three years spent in Kansas.  He as married Dec. 14 1889, to Dora Sharp.  Five children were born, four of whom survive, Mrs. Merle Nielson of Spencer, Charles of Livermore, and Zelora and James of Des Moines.  He is also survived by his wife and two sisters.

Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. C.B. Mitchell, past of the M.E. church, conducting the service.  Burial was in the Irvington cemetery.

Source:  Mason City Globe-Gazette, April 22, 1936.


Former Irvington Woman Loses Foot

Irvington, June 1.—Mrs. Dora Armstrong, Burt, who has had diabetes several years, had a leg amputated just below the knee at Iowa City late last week.  Charles Armstrong, Livermore, and Mrs. Neil Neilson, Spencer, son and daughter, drove to Iowa City to be with her Sunday.  Other sons are James and Delora, both of Des Moines.  A daughter Mildred died a few years ago is buried at Irvington.  Mrs. Armstrong’s husband, James, died of a heart attack.  The Armstrongs once owned and lived on the farm now occupied by Jacob Maasdam.  Mrs. Armstrong is 75.

Source:  Kossuth County Advance, June 2, 1938.