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.

Marcella Armstrong

ALGONA—Funeral services for Mrs. Marcella Armstrong, 80, Algona, who died Wednesday at the Algona hospital, will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church, Algona. Msgr. W.B. Bauer will be celebrant, and burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Algona.

Friends may call after 7:30 p.m. today at Wilson’s Funeral Home, Algona. Scripture reading will be 7:45 p.m. at the funeral home, followed by the parish rosary at 8 p.m. Family service will be 9:55 a.m. Saturday.

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Short News Items from 1963

Hollis Kizer sustained two broken ribs while shoeing a horse last week at the Loosley ranch. With his wife and three children, he lives on the ranch which he operates for his mother-in-law, Mrs. Willeska R. Loosley, widow of the late Raymond S. Loosley, early day Wood River pioneer. (Fort Klamath Herald and News, August 9, 1963)

The Earle Armstrongs have moved into the former Ed. Mitchell residence which they recently purchased. (Kossuth County Advance, October 8, 1963)

Death Notices from the 1930s

We wish to express our grateful appreciation to the loyal friends and neighbors for their expression of sympathy, kindly aid and beautiful floral tributes during our recent bereavement.—Mrs. J.C. Durant and family. (Idaho Statesman, July 20, 1933)

The Rev. Lewis J. Rigelman conducted a prayer service Monday morning at 11:30 o’clock at the Newton cemetery for the baby daughter born Sunday morning at 5:30 o’clock to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Banfield. The baby weight 4 1-2 pounds was taken to Nichols hospital, Battle Creek and placed in an incubator where her death occurred. (Marshall Evening Chronicle, August 15, 1935)

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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 his life with the exception of three years spent in Kansas. He was married Dec. 14, 1899, to Dora Sharp. Five children were born, four of whom survive, Mrs. Merle Neilsen 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. Michell, pastor of the M.E. church, conducting the service. Burial was in the Irvington cemetery.

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

Short News Items from 1934

Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Rorick and family, Herbert Rorick and Mrs. G.H. Rorick attended the graduating exercises of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor Monday. Miss Frances Rorick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Rorick, received her A.B. degree from the school of literature and a teacher’s life certificate. (Adrian Daily Telegram, June 20, 1934)

Mrs. Niel Nielson, Spencer, spent the week-end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Armstrong. (Kossuth County Advance, July 26, 1934)

The home of Mr. and Mrs. John Eveland, near Hillsboro, was burned to the ground one morning early last week. The loss was partly covered by insurance. Mr. and Mrs. Eveland are both well-known here, Mrs. Eveland being Miss Katherine Woolford, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Webster Woolford, near town. (Easton Star-Democrat, November 16, 1934)

Mrs. Armstrong, 94 Years Old, Passes At Cousin’s Home

Pulteney, Feb. 12—Mrs. Williamette J. Armstrong, of Pulteney, widow of David J. Armstrong, died Thursday at the home of a cousin, Mrs. Susan Hotchkin Saunders, at Prattsburg. Mrs. Armstrong was in her 94th year. Death followed a short illness of pneumonia. She was the daughter of John Adams Prentiss and Thankful Hotchkin Prentiss and was born in Pulteney, September 1, 1840. June 21, 1866, Miss Prentiss became the bride of David J. Armstrong, who died May 4, 1888. Mrs. Armstrong was a member of the Presbyterian church and an active worker. She also took an active interest in public affairs and cast her ballot in the last Presidential election. She leaves a son, John R. Armstrong, of Rochester. She is also survived by Mrs. William Millener, of Wiliamsport, Pa.; Mrs. Frank Shafer, of Brockport, and R. Prentiss Davis, of Brockport. Services were held from her home in Pulteney Saturday afternoon. Rev. Elmer Stuart, D.D., pastor of the First Presbyterian church in Corning, officiated. Interment was made in Glen View cemetery, Pulteney.

Source: The Steuben Courier, February 16, 1934.

Descendant Of Colonial Family Dies

Mrs. Armstrong at 93 Was Last Prentiss Of Generation

Mrs. Willamette J. Armstrong of Pulteney, widow of David J. Armstrong, died yesterday at the home of a cousin, Mrs. Susan Hotchkin Saunders at Prattsburg. Mrs. Armstrong was in her 94th year. Death followed an illness of only a few days of pneumonia.

Mrs. Armstrong came of a long line of Colonial American ancestry. Born at Pulteney Sept. 1, 1840, she was the fourth child and third daughter of John Adams Prentiss and Thankful Hotchkin Prentiss, and at the time of her death, she was the last surviving member of the Prentiss family of her generation. The family was founded in American by Peter “the Trooper” Prentis, one of the founders of Cambridge, Massachusetts Bay Colony, in 163[unclear], and the man who laid out the town which is now known as Worcester, Mass.

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Short News Items from 1933

Mr. and Mrs. Z.E. Armstrong, of Des Moines, spent the week-end with Mr. Armstrong’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Armstrong. (Kossuth County Advance, January 19, 1933)

Art Banfield of Coldwater spent Saturday night with his brother, Samuel Banfield. (Marshall Evening Chronicle, March 28, 1933)

Mr. and Mrs. Z.E. Armstrong and Mr. and Mrs. Pearl Pepper, of Des Moines and Mrs. Niel Nielson, Spencer, visited Sunday at J.A. Armstrong’s, and Mrs. Nielson wen to Des Moines with the Armstrongs. (Kossuth County Advance, April 27, 1933)

Mrs. Mae Banfield, Marian and Arthur Banfield of Coldwater were Tuesday night guests of Mr. and Mrs. Harold B. Francisco, and Mr. and Mrs. Bert Saylor of and children, southwest of Marshall, were Tuesday evening callers. (Marshall Evening Chronicle, June 1, 1933)

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Old Timer Is Recent Guest At Irvington

Irvington, Oct. 17.—Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Brown, Los Angeles, who, en route to Minneapolis, recently visited the H.E. Rists at Algona, also drove through this vicinity.  Clarence is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Zelora Brown, who lived here many years ago.  The Browns lived in a house which then stood, with many other buildings, east of the tracks in a field farmed by Richard Leigh. Zelora, now a resident of Minneapolis, also ran a store here.  Mrs. Zelora Brown is a sister of the late Dr. J.R. Armstrong, who is so well remembered and often recalled by the older residents here.  Doctor Armstrong, besides being the sole physician here at that time, also taught school and was superintendent of the Sunday school.  The late J.B. Robison was one of his pupils. Doctor Armstrong built and lived in the house now occupied by the Richard Leighs.  Later they moved to the property now owned by the U.B. Frankl’s, where the doctor died.  Mr. Brown said things did not look familiar; so many buildings have either been moved, torn down, or remodeled.

Source:  Kossuth County Advance, October 19, 1933.