JOHN ARMSTRONG LEFT HIS MARK
As an Ardent Lincoln Admirer
Born in 1848 John possessed a most illustrious
background. His father was Jack Armstrong a half
brother to Bowling Green the justice of the peace at
New Salem. Mr. Green loaned his law books to
Jack lived with the Clary Grove clan known for
their rowdiness. They often came storming into
New Salem. On one of these trips, Jack Armstrong and Abe
Lincoln engaged in a wrestling match. Although Jack
lost, he eventually became very good friends with Abe.
John's mother was the "Aunt Hannah" Jones
Armstrong who ran a boarding house on Sandridge.
Abe Lincoln spent many nights there with his friends
while surveying in the area.
It was John's brother, Duff whom Lincoln
defended and cleared in the famous murder trial.
John first worked for Oscar Hubbard in the
implement business. Soon he owned his own business.
From 1903 until his death in 1926, he operated a
hardware store, and implement business, a lumber yard,
a grain buying business, and ran a boarding house for years.
He served on the village board and joined the Modern Woodman Lodge.
John married "Fiddler Bill" Watkins daughter,
Caroline and raised three daughters. He was a prime
figure in the expanding community of Oakford.
Besides all this, he was a find old time fiddler too.
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