|Birth: ||Nov. 25, 1842, England|
|Death: ||Apr. 27, 1893|
Salt Lake County
The Salt Lake Tribune
Sunday, April 30, 1893
T. C. ARMSTRONG, JR.
Will be laid to rest this afternoon in Mount Olivet Cemetery, situated on the green foothills of the lofty Wasatch Mountains overlooking this beautiful valley.
The writer has been a warm friend of this good man for many years, and out of the fullness of heart I wish to briefly outline the splendid life and character of him I loved so well.
Thomas C. Armstrong, Jr., was born in London, England, November 15, 1842. Emigrated with his parents to America in 1854, making their home in St. Louis, Mo., until 1856, when they crossed the plains to Utah, making Salt Lake City their home. In 1859 Brother Armstrong moved to Cache county. He was one of the early settlers of the now beautiful city of Logan.
In 1867 he moved to Malad valley, where he held the position of School Superintendent. He was also postmaster for three years at Dale, Marsh valley.
In 1874 he removed with his loved ones to this city, and since that time has been one of our most prominent citizens.
Mr. Armstrong was a thorough American, and has ever been a hard worker in the cause of mental liberty, and a staunch advocate of the American public school system, and has served for a number of years as a member of the Board of Education in this city.
In the year 1876 he launched into the grain and produce business, and by strict integrity and close attention to details, success crowned his efforts.
T. C. Armstrong, in heart and soul, was a genuine humanitarian. He worked unceasingly for the uplifting of mankind, his every wish was to do good, and these tender qualities prompted him to seek admission into Myrtle Lodge No. 1, Knights of Pythias. His name was enrolled as a member in May, 1880. From first to last he has been one of the most faithful, conscientious and indefatigable workers the order of Knights of Pythias has ever had within its fold. The first office he held in the lodge was that of prelate, and step by step he advanced until he reached the highest position in the grand jurisdiction of Utah.
On July 3, 1882, Mr. Armstrong was elected chancellor commander, and at the organization of the Grand Lodge of Utah he was unanimously elected its first past grand chancellor and supreme representative. He attended the sessions of the Supreme Lodge in New Orleans in 1884; Toronto, Canada, in 1886; Cincinnati in 1888, at all of which places he represented this grand jurisidiction with honor to himself, his constituents and the Supreme Lodge.
He has served with honor for many years as secretary of the endowment rank (Life Insurance for Pythians only.) He was one of the organizers of the Uniform Rank and was made captain for four consecutive years and in 1889 he was appointed colonel, which position he held at the time the call came for him to join the army in the great beyond.
In the home circle, T. C. Armstrong was the central figure of a delightful band of loved ones, about which a faithful wife and seven intellectual children and a host of friends gathered in clinging affection, like vines and flowers around the sturdy oak.
In every walk of life Friend Armstrong was the kind-hearted, courteous gentleman, giving to all he chanced to meet on life's uneven road words of hope and encouragement. In all his actions he aimed at true manhood, he nobly fought the battle of life, and in every position he was faithful to his trust, and to all who met him his sunny smile was as cheering as the light and in his friendship he was (illegible) as the compass and genuine as the diamond.
To know him was to like him, and as the years roll by his memory will be to family and friends like lingering strains of delightful music.
Farewell, brother. May violets nod and birds sing their carols of love around and about your resting place. May your pillow be soft and your sleep sweet and peaceful, and may we meet again in a land where sorrows and partings are unknown.
Thomas Columbus Armstrong (1817 - 1900)
Elizabeth Halse Armstrong (1815 - 1888)
Anna Rebecca Curtis Armstrong (1843 - 1909)
Eleanor Sophia Armstrong Couton (1871 - 1933)*
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Plot: Section E
Created by: Burt
Record added: Aug 16, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 57155030