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.

Charles Lee Armstrong

Charles Lee Armstrong, son of James A. and Dora Armstrong, was born June 1, 1892, at Leavenworth, Kan., and departed this life March 5, 1949.  He spent most of his life in Kossuth and Humboldt counties.

Feb. 25, 1925 [sic], he was united in marriage to Alma Riley, and to this union four children were born.  They are Milton, Earle, Floyd and Conald [sic], all residing in Livermore.  Mrs. Armstrong preceded her husband in death in October of 1937.  Mr. Armstrong’s parents, one sister, Mildred, and a brother, Zelora, also preceded him in death.

Those who survive the decease are Mrs. Marcella Erdman Armstrong, whom Mr. Armstrong married Nov. 27, 1940; the four sons; a sister, Mrs. Merle Nielson of Spencer; a brother, James, of Fort Dodge; five grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Services were held Monday, Mar. 7, at 2 p.m. in the Livermore Methodist church. Interment was in the Luverne cemetery.  Rev. Robert Phillips officiated, and the Bogaard Funeral Home of Humboldt was in charge.—Contributed

Source:  Humboldt Independent, March 15, 1949.

Oldtimer 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 now farmed by Richard Leigh.  Zelora, now a resident of Minneapolis, also ran a store here.  Mrs. Zelora Brown was 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 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. Frankel’s, where the doctor died.  Mr. Brown said things did not look familiar here; so many buildings have either been moved, torn down, or remodeled.

Source:  Kossuth County Advance, October 19, 1933.

Chicago Probate Firm Seeking Heirs of Late Jas. Armstrong

The following letter under date of August 3 addressed to the Advance was received last mid-week.

“In connection with our search for heirs to an estate, we are trying to locate the surbiving [sic] descendants of one James Armstrong. He is known to have had children by the names of Charles, Merle, Zelora and James, who are said to have lived in your vicinity.

“It will be to their interest to communicate with us as quickly as possible, giving details of their family history.  Likewise, friends of the family will be doing a favor to all concerned by sending us any information they can regarding them or their relatives.

“We enclose a check for One Dollar to pay you for your trouble and ask you to kindly send us a checking copy for our file.  If you happen to be acquainted with any members of this family, please advise them to communicate with us without delay and do not wait for the item to be published.  You can keep the check for your trouble in either case.”

James Armstrong, who was a son of Dr. J.R. Armstrong, Irvington pioneer physician and storekeeper is now dead, but his widow lives at Burt.  Charles lives at Livermore; Merle is Mrs. E.L. Neilson, Spencer; Zelora and James Jr., live at Des Moines.  Cox & Co. have been so notified.

It is not yet known why the information concerning the Armstrong family is wanted.

Source:  Kossuth County Advance, August 10, 1937.

Golden Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hartley

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hartley, of Roseville, will hold open house at their home from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, in celebration of their golden wedding anniversary. Mrs. Hartley is the former Julia Armstrong, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joe Armstrong of Roseville. She and Mr. Hartley, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hartley of Crooksville, were married October 17, 1921, in Zanesville. Mr. Hartley is semi-retired from Robinson-Ransbottom Pottery. For many years he has been associated with the Roseville Fire Department. The couple has four children, Mrs. Richard (Mildred) Lucas, Mrs. Vern (Bonnie) King and Mrs. Jack (Maxine) Shields, all of Roseville and Arthur Hartley of 2154 Norwood boulevard. There are eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Source: Zanesville Times-Recorder, October 10, 1971.

Mildred Armstrong Passes

Mildred, 20, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Armstrong, was buried here Friday following funeral services at Burt. Mildred had been an invalid for many years, and died after an unusually severe attack of flu. The Armstrongs were former Irvingtonians.

Source:  Kossuth County Advance, March 17, 1932.

John Armstrong

John Armstrong, 36, a former resident of this city, died Monday at St. Vincent’s hospital in Toledo following a lingering illness, according to word received by relatives in this city. Mr. Armstrong was born and reared at Roseville and for a time was employed in potteries there. He later moved to Zanesville and for 14 years was employed with the Weller Auto Parts company. About two years ago he moved to Winchester, Ind., transferring to Toledo six months ago. Surviving are two brothers, Joe Armstrong of Seborn avenue, this city, and A.B. Armstrong of Columbus; two sisters, Mrs. Julia Hartley and Mrs. Clara Lacy, both of Roseville; his wife, Lucille; and two sons, Jack and James. Funeral services and burial will take place at Winchester, Ind., Thursday.

Source: Zanesville Times-Recorder, May 27, 1936.