Margaret E. <I>Klock</I> Armour

Margaret E. Klock Armour

Birth
New York, USA
Death 11 Nov 1915 (aged 80)
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Burial Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Plot Sec. C, Lot 135
Memorial ID 39570540 · View Source
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Margaret Klock (Simon, Henry J., John J., Johannes and Hendrick Klock) was born February 09, 1835 in Montgomery County, New York. She married Simeon Brooks Armour on June 19, 1856. Simeon and his brothers founded the Armour Meat Packing Company about 1871. Simeon Brooks Armour was born February 01, 1828 in Madison Co, New York, the son of Danforth Armour and Juliana Ann Brooks. His parents were both schoolteachers.

In 1870 Simeon Brooks Armour and his wife Margaret located in Kansas City and founded the Midwest Division of the Armour Packing Company. A company based in Chicago.

In January of 1870, a group of some twenty ladies met at a Christian Church at 12th and Main in Kansas City to formulate plans for assisting Kansas City's Civil War orphans and Widows. In 1877, the women incorporated their organization naming it the Women's Christian Association (WCA). Mrs. Margaret Armour soon became actively involved with WCA. In 1895, in honor of WCA's 25th Anniversary, Mrs. Armour donated $25,000 to the organization designated toward building a "home for the elderly." In 1905 and with a land donation from Thomas W. Swope, the first Armour, named the Margaret Klock Armour Memorial Home For Aged Couples.

Four years later the Margaret Klock Armour Memorial Home for aged men and women was built adjacent to the orphan’s home. A bronze tablet given by Mrs. Armour at the Home’s dedication bears the inscription, “At evening time, it shall be light”, hangs in the entry to the current Armour Homes welcoming residents and visitors.

[Margaret's husband], Simeon Armour died March 29, 1899. After her husband’s death, Margaret remained at her residence in Kansas City and was well known for her labors in charitable and benevolent institutions and charities. She was president of the WCA. And was in charge of the management of the Children’s Home where she donated her time and fifty thousand dollars.

Margaret died November 11, 1915. She is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson Co., Missouri with her husband at her side.

Margaret and Simeon did not have any children.

Reference: A Klock Family Newsletter, Issue 55, February 2006; Publisher, David Klock.

Thanks to RCS, FAG #47313089, for this biography.


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  • Created by: DeLoss McKnight III
  • Added: 17 Jul 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 39570540
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Margaret E. Klock Armour (9 Feb 1835–11 Nov 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 39570540, citing Elmwood Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by DeLoss McKnight III (contributor 46605619) .