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14 August 2011

Sunday's Obituary - Armstrong, George W. (1813-1902)

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Streator Daily Free Press, Streator, Illinois
Thursday, January 30, 1902, page 4

AN OLD SETTLER DIES.
Hon. G.W. Armstrong Passed Away at an Early Hour This Morning.
Ottawa, Jan. 20 – Hon. George W. Armstrong, of Brookfield township died at 1 o’clock this morning after a few weeks’ illness, although he had been in delicate health for several years.
  He was born in Licking county, O. December 11, 1813. In 1831 he came to Illinois and settled on a farm which is now in Marshall county, but the following year he came to this county. He participated in the Black Hawk war. He bough a farm in Brookfield in 1833, and that has been his home ever since. He was a close friend of Stephen A. Douglas. He was elected to the legislature in 1844 and to the constitutional convention in 1847. He was in the legislature eight consecutive years, and was a useful, conservative member. He was a member of the board of supervisors for twenty two years, fourteen of these as chairman. He was one of five directors who built the Kankakee and Seneca railroad.
  Among his children, of who there were nine, was J.G. Armstrong (“Beemus”), a well know Ottawa newspaper man, now deceased. Supervisor M.N. Armstrong is also a son, James E. is a prominent instructor in the Chicago schools, and Charles G. a wealthy electrical engineer and inventor.
  The funeral will be on Saturday, interment at this place.
(a longer bio is in 31 January 1902- some added family but not sibs given)