John S. Armstrong

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John S. Armstrong (b. November 18, 1850, d. April 26, 1908) was the co-founder (along with Thomas Marsalis) of the former City of Oak Cliff (now incorporated into Dallas) and founder of the town of Highland Park, Texas.[1] Armstrong was also a founder of the State Fair of Texas.[2]

John Scarborough Armstrong was born Nov. 18, 1850 in Nashville, Tennessee to J. W. and Pauline Armstrong. He was one of thirteen children. He married Alice J. White on Jul 3, 1878 in Lancaster, Kentucky.[3] He died April 26, 1908 in Dallas, Texas and is buried at Oakland Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, Alice J., and two daughters: Mrs. Minnie May (Edgar L.) Flippen and Mrs. Johnetta (Hugh) Prather.[4]

With his brothers, Dr. V. P. Armstrong and Henry C. Armstrong, he established the Armstrong Meat Packing Company, a wholesale grocery business.[5] Around 1906, he purchased land north of Dallas which he had developed into the residential community of Highland Park.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hazel, Michael (2001). The Dallas Public Library: Celebrating a Century of Service, 1901-2001. University of North Texas Press. ISBN 1-57441-141-1. 
  2. ^ The Handbook of Texas Online - State Fair of Texas
  3. ^ "Kentucky, Marriages, 1785-1979," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FW1S-BNT : accessed 14 Nov 2012), John S. Armstrong and Alice J. White, 03 Jul 1878; citing reference P164 N1596, FHL microfilm 1689805.
  4. ^ "J. S. Armstrong Funeral from Residence Today," Dallas Morning News, April 28, 1908, page 16
  5. ^ Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and biographical history of Dallas County, Texas ... : containing a history of this important section of the great state of Texas, from the earliest period of its occupancy to the present time ... and biographical mention of many of its pioneers, and also of prominent citizens of to-day, Book, 1892; digital images, (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/ : accessed November 13, 2012), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library, Dallas, Texas.