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Published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia 1879

Page 192

C. C. ARMSTRONG is a native of Illinois. His grandfather, Joshua Armstrong, was one of the pioneers of the state who came here some years before Illinois was admitted into the Union. He was a native of Pennsylvania, and a soldier in the war of 1812, and was ranger in Illinois from 1812 until the Indians were driven from the southern part of the state. Prior to his coming to Illinois he had removed to Kentucky, and in the year above mentioned he settled in what is now known as Madison county, Illinois. His son Maurice, and father of the present sketch, was born in Kentucky in 1800. Joshua Armstrong remained where he first settled, in Madison county, until 1824, when he removed with his family to Jersey county, near Fielding, where the old pioneer and soldier remained until his death. Maurice married Elizabeth Sims, while he was yet a resident of Madison county. She is still living, a resident of Girard, at the advanced age of seventy five years. There were twelve children born to them, seven boys and five girls, four of whom are living. The subject of our sketch is the youngest one living. The father was a farmer by occupation. He remained in Jersey county until 1855, when he removed to Girard where he remained until his death in 1876. C. C. Armstrong was born in Jersey county, January 2d, 1837; he attended the common schools of his native county during the winter months, and received the rudimentary parts of an education which he has since improved by extensive reading and a close observation of men and things. On the 13th of November, 1862, he was united in marriage to Miss Fanny B. Weed. She is a native of Alton, Illinois. Her father was a native of Connecticut, and her mother of Pennsylvania. Six children have blessed this union, four of whom are living. In 1859 he entered the mercantile business in Girard, and has continued without interruption in business up to the present time. He is the oldest merchant in the town, having been continually in business for twenty years. In 1870 he added drugs to family groceries, and since that time has carried on both branches of the business. In politics he is a democrat. He has been honored with offices of trust in the local government of his town, and at the present represents his township on the Board of Supervisors. He is a member of the Masonic order, and is now high-priest of the Chapter at Girard. As a man and a citizen Mr. Armstrong is universally respected.

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