A Model Barn in Pulteney.

The largest barn in Pulteney, and one of the largest in the county, has recently been built for David J. Armstrong, Esq., one of our leading farmers who resides three miles north of this village. A description of the building, which in its arrangement and workmanship seems a model one, will interest the many readers of the Advocate. Our limited knowledge, however, of architectural terms may prevent us from giving as clear a description as we would desire.

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Woman Beats Man Calling Hogs At Rolfe

Humboldt, Ia., Nov. 14.—Mrs. Charles Armstrong of Livermore, who recently won first place in a hog calling contest against nineteen contestants, again won first prize at Rolfe against twenty-eight contestants.

Volume, tone and clearness of voice were the essential qualifications necessary to win and the Livermore contestant had all three in full measure and could easily have been heard for two miles. Pat Kalligan of Rolfe won second place.

Bellows and Warner, Humboldt farmers, sponsored the contest, cooperating with the Cummings post of the American Legion of Rolfe in the Armistice Day celebration. The business men of Rolfe contributed the prizes and a trio of Rolfe citizens served as judges.

Source: Des Moines Register, November 15, 1926.

Morenci Notes (Excerpt)

Lieutenant and Mrs. E.L. Johnsen of Lake Forest, Ill., and Mr. and Mrs. William Menke of Sharon, Pa., entertained at the Hotel Saulsbury Friday evening honoring Miss Amie Crane of Fayette, Ohio, and William Armstrong of Sharon, Pa., whose marriage occurred Saturday afternoon. A four course dinner was served, the table being centered with a large basket of garden flowers and places were arranged for Miss Crane and Mr. Armstrong, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Baither of Toledo, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Miller, Miss Louise Armstrong and William Thomas of Sharon, Mr. and Mrs. George Crane of New York City, Miss Adaline Simon of Kalamazoo, Dr. and Mrs. C.E. Raabe, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Turner, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Scofield, Miss Lavina Scofield and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Buck of Morenci, Lieutenant and Mrs. Johnsen and Mr. and Mrs. Menke. Continue reading “Morenci Notes (Excerpt)”

Burt Girl Passes Away Last Week.

Burt, March 15. Special: Mildred Armstrong died Wednesday at the home of her grandmother Mrs. Josephine Sharp. Mildred was the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Armstrong, who moved here last fall from Livermore. Mildred has been in ill health for several years and unable to keep herself. She had an attack of the influenza and in her weakened condition was unable to overcome the illness. She leaves her parents, one sister, Mrs. Neil Neilsen [sic] of Spencer, and three brothers, Charles of Irvington, James and Zelora of Des Moines. The funeral services were held Friday at the home of Mrs. Sharp and burial was made in the Irvington cemetery.

Source: Algona Upper Des Moines, March 16, 1932.

Mrs. Estella Beers

Mrs. Estella Reynolds Beers, 80, formerly of Pulteney, died at the Guethra Pratt home on Clinton street, Penn Yan, Thursday morning, Feb. 21, 1952. Daughter of James and Lucy Armstrong Reynolds, she was born in Pulteney March 25, 1871, and spent most of her life there. On June 26, 1929, she married Rev. George Alton Beers who died in 1940. He was formerly a pastor of South Pulteney Baptist church. In 1948 she came to live at the Guethra Pratt home, where she has made her home since. Continue reading “Mrs. Estella Beers”

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.