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.

Short News Items from 1937

Mr. and Mrs. Remmel Blankenbush and son, of New Jersey, spent the week end with Mrs. Minnie Bellas [sic]. (Wilkes-Barre Record, January 9, 1937)

Rv. James D. Bryden of South Walnut Street has returned from Green Cove Springs, Fla., where he spent a month with his son, Rev. Lewis B. Bryden and family. (Wilkes-Barre Record, March 6, 1937

Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Loosley have returned to Fort Klamath after spending the winter months visiting their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. John Zbinden, near Klamath Falls. (Klamath Falls Evening Herald, April 9, 1937)

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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)

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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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)

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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.

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