Some old obits for Esther Pittman Armstead(Mrs. Thomas Armstead), George Armstead and William Armstead.
The Oskaloosa Independent
March 25, 1943
After a long illness, George ARMSTEAD died at his home here Monday, March 15. Mr. Armstead was one of Blue Mound’s own. He was born here and had spent his entire life in this neighborhood. He served for many years on the school board, was a charter member of the Blue Mound Grange and a good citizen. The community extends sympathy to the children and his sister, Mrs. Ed GHATHAM.(Blue Mound.)
The Valley Falls New Era
October 14, 1909
Sudden Death of Mrs. Thos. Armstead.
Mrs. Thos. ARMSTEAD died suddenly at her home six miles south of Valley Falls, Tuesday noon in the presence of her daughter and Dr. Lowry. the cause of death was apoplexy. She was only ailing about 24 hours, with no serious symptoms. She was an old resident here.
The funeral will be from the house Saturday morning at 10 o’clock, burial in the family lot in Rose Hill cemetery.
The Valley Falls New Era
October 28, 1909
Mrs. Esther Pittman Armstead.
On Tuesday morning October 12th at 11 o’clock Mrs. Thomas ARMSTEAD passed away after an illness of only twenty-four hours duration, apoplexy being the cause of her death.
She was about her work as usual Monday forenoon and talking to her neighbors over the telephone, went out into the yard to get an arm full of wood, and on entering the house was stricken with a pain in her breast, and suffered severely until her death.
She was a faithful wife and dutiful mother never thinking of herself, always working hard, thinking of laying up plenty for her children, but now her life work is done.
Dr. Lowry was called and did all in his power to relieve here but of no avail.
The deceased was born in Jefferson Co., Iowa, near Libertyville, September 22, 1848, her age being 60 years and 20 days at the time of her death.
>From Iowa she moved with her parents to Kansas in the spring of 1857. SHe was married to Thos. Armstead July 21, 1867 and moved to their present home where they have resided every since, being among the first settlers of Blue Mound.
The funeral was preaced at the home on Saturday at 10 a.m. by Rev. Day.
The remains enclosed in a beautiful black casket on the lid was the words “At Rest” surrounded by beautiful flowers from relatives and friends was followed by a large number of friends and neighbors to Rose Hill cemetery where the remains were laid to rest by the pall bearers: Chas. DAVIS, Isaac BOOTH, Alex CAMPBELL, M.M. MAXWELL, John CAMPBELL and Sanley BOWEN by the side of her son Charley.
She leaves a husband, a bereaved daughter, Fannie at home, George married and lives near home, Mrs. Annie WELLMAN of Nemo, South Dakota and Dr. Armstead of Winchester, three sisters Mrs. Jack Armstead of Valley Falls, Mrs. John FUNK of Ozawkie, Mrs. Sarah BURTON of New Jersey and one brother, Vade PITTMAN of Washington state all being present at the funeral but the last two named.
The family have the sincere sympathy of the community in their sad bereavement.
Card of Thanks.
We desire to thank the neighbors and friends who so kindly assisted us in the death of our wife and mother.
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Armstead
Mr. and Mrs. Will Wellman
Dr. and Mrs. Armstead
The Valley Falls New Era
October 21, 1909
Esther PITTMAN was born near Libertyville, in Jefferson county, Iowa, September 22nd, 1848. She accompanied her parents to Kansas in the spring of 1857. Here she grew to womanhood and on the 21 day of July 1867 she was married to Thomas ARMSTEAD.
Mrs. Armstead united with the Methodist church in 1870, remaining in the communion till her death.
After a very short illness she died Tuesday morning, October 12, 1909. A husband, two sons and two daughters, together with other relatives and a host of friends, mourn her departure.
The funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. DAY Saturday morning and the body laid to rest in the old Valley Falls cemetery.
The Oskaloosa Times
January 28, 1892
One by one the old settlers are passing away. And now comes William ARMSTEAD, who died January 17, and was buried in the Spring Grove Cemetery. Funeral services were held at Dunavant.
Uncle Billy came to Kansas with the emigration of 1857, and bought at the Osawkie land sales, settling on the old homestead on the Grasshopper, now owned by his son John. He originally came from England, being born in April 1803, making him nearly 89 years old at his death. His first wife was Miss Ann RICHARDSON, whom he married in England. The fruits of this union were seven children, three of whom are now alive–John and Thomas living in Delaware township, while Robert lives in Colorado. His wife died in 1871. He was subsequently married to Miss Mary TAYLOR, daughter of Peter TAYLOR, one of the first settlers of the Falls. Mr. TAYLOR, after the death of his wife, married Mrs. Louisa WILLIAMS, and went to California over thirty years ago. Louisa street in Valley Falls was named after Mrs. WILLIAMS. By the marriage of Wm. ARMSTEAD to Mary TAYLOR, two children were born–William and Jennie. The latter being married a few weeks ago to Mr. A.R. HULL, to whom Uncle Billy at the time deeded them a farm as a wedding present.