THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


  JOHN A. ARMSTRONG, an enterprising and prosperous miller of Perryville, N.Y., who has done much to promote the industrial development of the village, was born February 7, 1848, in the town of Lime, Jefferson County, N.Y. His parents, Robert and Elizabeth (Liddy) Armstrong, were born in Ireland; but the Armstrong family, as is well known, is of very ancient origin in Scotland. G. F. Armstrong, who went to Ireland from that country, was the founder of this branch. Robert and his wife came to America in the early years of their married life; and he still resides on his farm of fifty-six acres in Jefferson County, New York, and is a general farmer. Of the four children born to them, two are living: our subject, who is the elder; and Margaret, Mrs. Mortimer Rich, residing in Watertown, N.Y. The father is now seventy years old. His first wife died at the age of forty-five years.
  John A. Armstrong was brought up in Jefferson County until his sixteenth year. He attended the district schools, getting a fair education, and working between times on his father's farm. In 1864 he enlisted at Sackett's Harbor in Company A, Sixteenth United States Regulars, Captain Gay commanding, and was honorably discharged in 1866. After leaving the service, he became a miller, learning the trade at Ogdensburg, N.Y., where he remained about three years, working for Moffett & Billard, who were among the leading millers of that place. At the end of that time he went to Phoenix, Oswego County, N.Y., where he pursued this occupation for three years more, and then came to Perryville, N.Y., and rented the mill which he now owns. He remained in this place about two years, at the end of which a good opening offering at Caughdenoy, Oswego County, N.Y., he started business there in company with a Mr. Hart; but in about eighteen months he disposed of his interest in that concern, and went again to Phoenix, where he stayed one year. Finally, returning to Perryville in 1883, he bought the milling property where he had worked before, and fitted it up with the best modern machinery, and has established a flourishing business. It is a grist and flour mill, and has a large output. Besides owning this, Mr. Armstrong also holds shares in the cheese factory of the village. In 1874 he married Miss Jennie Armstrong, a native of Jefferson County, born January 13, 1846. She was the daughter of Frank Armstrong, a farmer of that county, who died at the age of seventy-two years. His wife, who is still living in Pittsburg, Canada, has been the mother of fourteen children. In his politics John A. Armstrong differs with his father in being a stanch Republican; but in religious observances he follows, as does his wife, in the way of their ancestors, being a faithful Churchman. They are the happy parents of two sons: Frank G., born June 12, 1876; and Albert A., born August 9, 1881. Mr. Armstrong is a Free and Accepted Mason, belonging to Sullivan Lodge, No. 148, at Chittenango, N.Y. He has a beautiful residence in Perryville, and the position he and his estimable wife maintain in the community by virtue of their many sterling qualities is one which none in the village could more worthily fill. Reliable in his word, upright in his dealings, he is a man entitled to the prominence he has attained.

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