Lee County Biography


Alexander Armstrong, who is an engineer on the Illinois Central Railroad and a resident of Amboy, was born in Lawrence County, N. Y., March 19, 1838. His parents, Alexander and Mary (Leonard) Armstrong, were natives of the same State, where they also died. Their family consisted of two children, Alexander and Jane, the latter becoming the wife of Thomas D. Jellico, and dying in Franklin County, N. Y. After the death of her first husband the mother of our subject was again married, and of this union one son was born, Samuel A. Rolf, who resides in St. Lawrence County, N. Y.

Our subject was a small boy when his father died, and remained in the Empire State until 1856. He then emigrated to Wisconsin and worked in the lumber regions for four years, afterward coming to Amboy and entering the employ of the Central Railroad Company as a fireman. Four years later he was made engineer and in 1864 was promoted to be engineer of a passenger train. He has* been twice married, the first time in 1869 to Edith A. Allison, who was born in Matilda, in Canada, C. W., 1844. She died in 1874, leaving one son, George II., who is now baggageman at Amboy. In 1882 Mr. Armstrong was united in marriage with Miss Louisa Monhiem, who was born in Peru, IL., February 15, 1856. She is the daughter of Mathias and Elizabeth (Bucholz) Monhiem, natives of Hamburg, Germany, who came to the United States and settled on a farm near Peru. They had live children: John, William, Louise, Henry and Lena.

Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong have one daughter, Edith, born July 7, 1886. In politics Mr. Armstrong is a Democrat, and a member of the Masonic fraternity, the Ancient Order of United Workmen and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.

Portraits and Biographical Lee County IL 1892


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