Notes for William Henry ARMSTRONG


Per 1880 census, William's father was born in Ohio, and his mother's birthplace
was not known/listed.
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Also in 1880, Hattie Armstrong (age 26), William's 1st cousin was visiting or
living with them (William's uncle's daughter?). Both of her parents were born
in Ohio.
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Newark Daily Advocate, Friday, November 25, 1887
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WHO THEY ARE.
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The Engineers Who Handle the B. & O. Flyers.
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Men of Experience, Sobriety and Ability. — A Further List of the Best Ones.
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Ed Wilson is as big, hearty an engineer as pulls the throttle of any engine in
the service of the B. & O., in
Newark. He began his railroad life with the B. & O., and has labored in their
cause faithfully. After serving his time in the footboard, he was promoted to
the cab which he yet occupies. Mr. Wilson has encountered many dangers and has
met with many mishaps, yet he has happily escaped injury, and we hope he will
remain log at his post, doing his honest duty.
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Wm. Dayton, who runs the fine haired engine, the 703, called the Dandy, is
like most of the men who hold the same responsible positions, steady,
temperate and attentive to his duty. Mr. Dayton has handled several engines,
and came to run the 703 because it is one of the largest engines on the road,
and some of the men were afread of it on this account. This shows that Mr
Dayton is brave, fearless and trustworthy. He deserves to be blessed with long
life and prosperity.
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Thomas Howarth has spent the most of his life in the service of the B. & O. as
fireman for several years, then as right-hand man in the cab. He fired for the
same company in whose employ he now holds the more responsible position as
engineer. Mr. Howarth has encountered many dangers and had many remarkable
escapes., which almost every engineer has had or can tell about as happening
in his own career when he has ridden on his steed of iron and steel through
the deep, impregnable darkness during the hours of midnight.
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John Early is one of the oldest engineers in the service of the B. & O., in
Newark. He has handled engines for several roads in and out of Ohio, and has
made their machinery and working the study of his life. Mr. Early has labored
long and earnestly in his position as engineer for the company who have hired
him to get the passengers over the road and the time out of the engine, which
he faithfully tries to do.
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Henry Longshore is as steady and brave an engineer as any on the road. Like
most of the brave, noble men who face death daily to facilitate the travel of
the country he can be trusted with a thousand lives behind him and death and
danger in front. Mr. Longshore has saved the surplus of his earnings, and now
possesses a happy home of which he is proud.
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Wm. Armstrong, of Newark, is known by all connected with the road in any
capacity, as a man who can be
depended on in any emergency. Mr. Armstrong has met with many accidents, in
one of which he lost a leg. He still continues, however, at the post of duty,
never shrinking from duty when danger approaches, and has come near losing his
life more than once.
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James Helms is a new man, and has been running but a few years, consequently
as an engineer has, compared with the older ones, little experience in the
cab. Mr. Helms, can, however, relate many instances of danger which he
experienced while in the footboard. He has prudently saved his earnings, and
is the father of a "Happy Family."
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Newark Daily Advocate, Tuesday, January 24, 1888
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HEROIC ACTION,
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Generously Remembered by Engineer Armstrong and Crew.
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A short time ago, Engineer William Armstrong and his crew were saved from a
terrible death in the  collision that occurred near Lexington, Ohio, by the
courage and presence of mind of a little boy. The little boy, whose name was
Willie Cahill, ran out on the track on the curve which hid the two trains from
each other, and signaled the crews on both trains as they came thundering
along, so that the men had time enough to jump off and save their lives before
the trains struck each other. As a slight testimonial of their gratitude for
the timely rescue, Engineer Armstrong and crew purchased a fine suit of
clothes from Jones & Moore, of this city, and presented it to the little hero.
The donors preferred to make the present themselves, and for that reason
refused to circulate a general subscription paper.
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Newark Daily Advocate, Saturday, June 2, 1888
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BRIEF MENTION.
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News of the Day Condensed for the Hasty Peruser
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(beginning articles)
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Jack Scanlan, second engineer, Cornelius Scanlan, fireman, and Al Rabbitt,
William Armstrong, Victor Regnald, Burt Collins and George Pickering, were
badly scalded by the steamer Evansville exploding her boilers near Winona,
Minn.
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(ending articles)
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Newark Daily Advocate, Saturday, March 26, 1892
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BRAKE AND THROTTLE.
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Interesting Facts Gathered on the Iron Highways,
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Condensed and Put Into Pleasing Paragraphs by the Rail Road Reporter.
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The Baltimore and Ohio under its present management is stretching southward.
Arrangements have been made between the Baltimore and Ohio and Richmond and
Danville for an interchange of business.
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It is said that within thirty days 1800 men and 600 teams will be at work on
the grading of the Akron and
Eastern, which is to connect the Western, New York and Pennsylvania, and the
Pittsburgh, Akron and Western, making another east and west trunk line.
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For the third week in March the Toledo and Ohio Central shows the following
earnings:
.          1891              $26,306
.          1892               21,914
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.          Decrease . . .$ 4,482     that was in the article!)
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Engine 829 was turned out of the shop this a.m. after having been repaired and
completely overhauled. William Armstrong, the engineer, will take pride in
keeping it in a creditable state of preservation.
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Obituary found in The Newark Advocate, Feb. 9, 1893:
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OVER THE RIVER
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THE SOUL OF WILLIAM ARMSTRONG WINGS IT'S FLIGHT
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To the Realms of That Mystic Land From Whose Bourne no Traveler Ever Returns -
The Death of a Popular B. & O. Engineer.
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William Armstrong, the popular B. & O. engineer, the esteemed citizen, the
trustworthy employe [sic], the universally beloved man, the loving husband and
indulgent father, is dead. One week of illness laid him low and today those
who knew him intimately in life are bowed in sorrow at his sudden and
unexpected demise.
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One week ago yesterday he came on his engine from Bellaire to Newark and on
the road home he was seized with a violent chill. His strong constitution soon
succumbed to the terrible ravages of pneumonia. One week of patient suffering
- one week of tender ministering by loving hands - one week of anxious
watching by wife and friends, and all was over, the end coming at 4:05 o'clock
p.m. yesterday.
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William Armstrong was born in Cooksville, Muskingum County [I think it means
Crooksville, Perry County], forty-two years ago. Since the age of sixteen he
has been an employe of the B. & O., and for the last sixteen years has been an
engineer, and for years past he has been a passenger engineer on the Bellaire
Division.
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Nineteen years ago he was married in Belleville, Ohio, to Miss Jennie Moore.
Four children are living, as the result of this union.
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Sixteen years ago Mr. Armstrong together with his family removed to this place
where they have ever since resided.
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The deceased was a prominent member of the Masonic Fraternity and of the B. of
L. E. He was thoroughly esteemed both in and out of the orders of which he was
an honored member.
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The funeral will take place at Belleville tomorrow. Proyer will be offered at
the home at 425 East Main street by the Rev. Mr. Fulton of the Second
Presbyterian church before the departure of the funeral cortege. The burial
services will be conducted under the auspices of the Brotherhood of Locomotive
Engineers, while the Order of Railway Conductors of this place will show
respect to the memory of the departed by attending the funeral in a body.
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Newark City Directories, Licking County Genealogical Society Library, Newark,
Ohio
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1887 - 88  Wm. H., engineer, 60 N. Morris
1889 - 90  William H, engineer, h 60 N. Morris
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