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Alexander Armstrong

Early newspaper man, built Fulton paper mill

The following are three obituaries for Alexander Armstrong, who at the time of his death, one of the oldest living residents in Wheeling.

-- (1868, September 1?). The Intelligencer [Wheeling, WV].

DIED: ARMSTRONG -- September 11, 1868, in Woodsfield, O., ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG in the 83rd year of his age.

The Funeral will take place from the Fourth St. M. E. Church, Wheeling, on Monday, September 14th, at 2 o'clock, p. m. The friends of the deceased and family are respectfully invited to attend.

-- (1868, September 14). The Intelligencer [Wheeling, WV].

DEAD. -- In another column will be found the announcement of the death of A. Armstrong, Esq., for many years a resident of this city. Two years since, when the infirmities of age had rendered him almost helpless, at the earnest solicitation of his daughter, Mr. A. went to Woodsfield to reside, at which place he died on Saturday last, full of years and leaving behind the rich legacy of an honorable name and useful life.

Mr. Armstrong came to Wheeling in 1806 or 07, and was, therefore, at the time of his death, if our information is correct, the oldest resident here, with perhaps one exception. Mr. McLure is, we believe, the only one now living in the city who came to what was then a wilderness, contemporaneously with Mr. Armstrong, and is the last of a generation which settled here at that early day and laid the foundations of this city amid the perils and privations of frontier life. Mr. A. during his long and eventful career was called to fill several responsible position both in the church and State, which he did with credit to himself and great acceptance to the public. He was editor and proprietor of the first newspaper published in this city, transporting the paper on which it was printed on pack horses over the mountains. This was about the year 1808. Subsequently he erected the paper mill at Fulton, and dissolved his connection with it only a few years since. He lived to see our city attain an enviable position among the manufacturing places of the country, and his death will be regretted by a large circle of friends and acquaintances here and elsewhere.

-- (1868, September 15). The Intelligencer [Wheeling, WV].

FUNERAL OF MR. ARMSTRONG. -- The remains of Mr. A. Armstrong, whose death at Woodsfield, Ohio, was announced in our columns yesterday morning, were brought to this city on board the steamer James Reese. Yesterday afternoon at two o'clock they were conveyed to Fourth Street M. E. Church, where appropriate religious services were conducted by the Rev. Mr. Stevens, pastor of the church of that denomination in Woodsfield. The Reverend gentleman delivered a short address eulogistic of the character of the deceased, and was followed by the Rev. F. Ball of Tane Street M. E. church. After the exercises at the church had been concluded, the remains were taken to Mount Wood cemetery for interment. The impressive funeral service prescribed in the ritual of the church, was read at the grave by the Rev. Mr. Mullenix, and the body consigned to its last resting place. Thus has passed away another land mark of a former generation. The deceased will long be remembered for his many virtues.

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