California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
JOHN SAMUEL ARMSTRONG was born at Sheffield, Ontario, Canada, October 11, 1865, son of Joseph and Eliza Armstrong. His parents were natives of Ireland, of Scotch ancestry, and almost life-long residents of Canada, and here he was reared and educated. On account of poor health he moved to Ontario, California, with his widowed mother and seven children, of which he is the eldest, reaching here March 3, 1889. The six other children are named Miss Etta M., Joseph W., Mrs. Arthur Yarnell of Los Angeles, Mrs. Margaret Herrett of Seattle, Washington, William and Mrs. Alice Hiller.
Mr. Armstrong soon after coming to California began in a small way to propagate and sell nursery stock. From this small beginning the business has grown until the nursery grounds now cover 350 acres, and the Armstrong Nurseries is now one of the best known nurseries in the state, doing mainly a mail order business but also enjoying a large transient trade from all over Southern California. Fruit trees, deciduous, citrus and tropical, are the main products of the nursery, particular attention being given to new fruits, among which are Avocados, new named varieties of Feijoas, Cherimoyas, Sapotas, Mangos, Jujube, Pistache, Loquats, etc. The ornamental department covers a wide field. Twenty thousand feet of glass are used in propagating beds.
Mr. Armstrong has formed a complete organization, employing trained, experienced men to conduct the various departments. Only the best known methods are used and the business is conducted with the firm purpose of holding the confidence of all patrons. An annual catalog is issued in large quantities, which is mailed to all parts of the world.
In Ontario Mr. Armstrong has been a member of the City Council for two terms, and is now president of the Elementary School Board. He is a director in the Ontario National Bank, a republican, a Mason and Shriner, a Methodist, and a member of the Red Hill Country Club.
At Clinton, Ontario, Canada, in September 1896, he married Miss Charlotte A. Cooper, a daughter of William Cooper, who came to Ontario, California, from Clinton, Ontario, Canada. Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong have three children, all unmarried, named John Awdry, Arthur and Miss Olive.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011