|Birth: ||Jan. 18, 1823|
|Death: ||Apr. 21, 1907|
Noah Armstrong was born in January of 1823 at Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He moved to Blue Earth County, Minnesota and in August of 1859 was deeded 122.95 acres of fertile farmland. He married Hannah Howd and they had two children while there, Emma in May of 1856 and Charles W. in February of 1858. Another daughter, Ida died in 1864 at the age of four years. Records show that Noah arrived in Madison County, Montana Territory in late 1862 or early 1863. He returned to Minnesota and moved his family to Montana Territory. Mining speculation was Noah Armstrong's primary vocation and he teamed up for a time with Charles L. Dahler, under the company name of Dahler & Armstrong and began acquiring mining claims in the Trapper Creek lodes. At the time, they were shipping their silver ores as far as Wales for refinement, and still at a profit.
Dahler and Armstrong dissolved their partnership and Armstrong interested a group of investors in Indiana to back his action. He had ownership then of Utopia, Monoa, Symington and the Vitalis Lodes. Later Noah claimed the Cleve, the Avon, the Atlantis and the Alta Lodes. Not long after in his fold were the Saxon and the Hecla. Hecla would become his trademark property and the name of the newly formed Company formed to produce the capital to advance his vision of mining and smelting their ores at much greater profit. In 1875, the first smelter at Glendale was built.
In 1877 Noah incorporated at Indianapolis, Indiana under that state's corporate law. Noah remained a major shareholder, of equal number with Elias C. Atkins, an industrialist that was at the time a partner of Henry Knippenberg in the Atkins Saw Works. He continued to manage this company until 1879. In 1881 Knippenberg was placed in charge of the Hecla Consolidated Mining Company as the general manager.
In 1883 tragedy struck the Armstrong's when the epidemic claimed the lives of three of Noah's little grandchildren; Harry, Nellie and Carl. Then in June of 1885, Noah's beloved Hannah was taken from him and was laid to rest in the Glendale Cemetery near her three grandchildren. Noah began looking in other directions to further his ambitions, becoming involved in the Spokane, Washington and Northern Idaho vicinities with the Spokane & Couer D' Alene Railroad and establishing the Seattle Transfer Company. Noah Armstrong was the owner of the famous race horse, "Spokane" that won the 1889 Kentucky Derby, beating out "Proctor Knott" for the title. Noah Armstrong settle in the Seattle area where he died on April 21, 1907.
Hannah Howd Armstrong (1821 - 1885)*
Charles Armstrong (1858 - 1914)*
Note: born in Canada
Lake View Cemetery
Maintained by: Jacoby Lowney
Originally Created by: Carolyn Farnum
Record added: Mar 10, 2001
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