Deaths and Funerals from the 1940s

Dr. and Mrs. J.B. Munro, Miss Glade Kellogg, Mrs. Helen Partridge and C.M. Rorick were in Fayette Wednesday afternoon to attend the funeral of Mrs. F.T. Sullivan. (Adrian Daily Telegram, January 15, 1943)

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO: Relatives of Roy Rorick Murphy have received word of his death somewhere in France after being ill for five days with pneumonia. His remains have been buried in a government cemetery in France and cannot be removed until after the war. (Adrian Daily Telegram, June 22, 1943)

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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. 

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.