John S. Armstrong

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John S. Armstrong (November 18, 1850 – April 26, 1908) was an American real estate developer. He 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 November 18, 1850 in Nashville, Tennessee to J. W. and Pauline Armstrong. He was one of thirteen children. He married Alice J. White on July 3, 1878, in Lancaster, Kentucky.[3]

With his brothers, Dr. V. P. Armstrong and Henry C. Armstrong, he established the Armstrong Meat Packing Company, a wholesale grocery business.[4] Around 1906, he purchased land north of Dallas which he had developed into the residential community of Highland Park.

Armstrong 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.[5]


  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. ^ Wiley, Nancy. "State Fair of Texas". The Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved March 19, 2018 – via
  3. ^ "John S. Armstrong and Alice J. White, 03 Jul 1878". Kentucky, Marriages, 1785-1979 (index). Retrieved 14 November 2012 – via; citing reference P164 N1596, FHL microfilm 1689805.
  4. ^ Memorial and biographical history of Dallas County, Texas. Lewis Publishing Company. 1892. Retrieved November 13, 2012 – via University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, crediting Dallas Public Library, Dallas, Texas.
  5. ^ "J. S. Armstrong Funeral from Residence Today". Dallas Morning News. April 28, 1908. p. 16.