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 1931

Rev. Burl Brown and family are attending annual conference at Sabina, this week. (Marysville Journal-Tribune, August 20, 1931)

John Shauger of Onsted visited Thomas Isaacson and family Sunday.  (Adrian Daily Telegram, September 15, 1931)

Mildred Armstrong has been ill the past week at the home of her grandmother, Mrs. Sharp.  (Algona Upper Des Moines, October 21, 1931)

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.

James A. Armstrong

J. A. Armstrong is the owner of a fine farm of one hundred and seventy acres located in Irvington township, where he engages in general agricultural pursuits. He is a native of Kossuth county, his birth having occurred in the vicinity of Irvington on the 3d of May, 1862. His father, Dr. J. R. Armstrong, was born in New Jersey, whence he later removed to New York. He subsequently continued his journey westward to Iowa, locating in Waterloo, where he remained until the early ‘50s when he came to Kossuth county. Here he filed on a homestead in the vicinity of Irvington, and with the exception of a year spent in the city of Des Moines soon afterward, made his home in Kossuth county until his death on November 27, 1911. He was a member of the North Border brigade and is buried in the cemetery at Irvington, as also is the mother, whose maiden name was Jane Fife. She passed away November 27, 1904. Dr. and Mrs. Armstrong were married in Webster City, this state, and to them were born seven children, as follows: Lavina, deceased; James A., our subject; David, deceased; Lucy, who lives in California; Mary, who is also a resident of California; Sarah, deceased; and Charles S., who is living in California.

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