In memory of Wm. Armstrong of Queenston


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to touch upon and the facts he had gleaned to sustain his theories and his arguments.

When he stood to commence his lecture I sat immediately in front of him as I did not wish to miss a word. He gave no indication that anything was amiss with him, though he changed his glasses once or twice and stated that he would have to abbreviate certain portions of his notes.

He began, "In the beginning God! You see I start with the first verse of the Bible. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, and He saw that, it was good. In the beginning God!" His face blanched, he fell straight forward into my arms. He came forward as straight as falls a tree. No sinking of the joints or muscles. That sentient being that brilliant intellect with a message that he was to deliver to his brothers and sisters on his lips was silenced forever by the Grim Reaper.

Tenderly was he lifted by his friends who sprang to his relief and medical aid summoned, but that loving heart had ceased to beat, and he had passed to the "Great Beyond!"

"Twere sad that one so gifted, so loved by all, so esteemed for his genial good nature and gentlemanly demeanor should be selected at such a time by the swift messenger and taken from us in an instant of time.

To you, his son, 'tis our to offer such consolation as we may. In life we had him; in death we cared for him; and now deliver to you ail that remains of the author of your being, who reared you in his home. 'Tis yours to take him to his final resting place on earth. And say in the language of the old hymn:

"Sleep on, beloved, sleep and take thy rest,

Lay down thy head upon thy Saviour's breast;

We loved thee well, but Jesus loved thee best;

Good night! Good night! Good night."

His friend and yours,

THOMAS J. BRITT

105 South Ninth St.,

Saint Louis Missouri.

At St. Augustine the Tourists Club met and marched in a body from the undertakers to the station accompanied by boys from the Institute.

The. bearers were:

Professor Rolls, Fort Meyer Florida

Mr. Shaffer Johnstone, Pa.

Mr. Clapsattie, Leeland, Ill.

Mr. Dean, Knightstown, Indiana

Mr. Case, Denver, Colorado

Mr. Rhodes, Windsor, Ontario

The family have received 'many resolutions offering tribute to the worth of the late Mr. Armstrong, among being: Tourist Club, St. Augustine, Florida.; Florida Industrial Institute; St. Davids Branch Niagara District Grape Growers' Assn.


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Thomas J. Britt, Author
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Description:
Newspaper clipping with partial obituary of William Armstrong by his friend Thomas J. Britt from St. Louis, Missouri.
Clipping measures 23.5 x 6 cm. No title and beginning. Undated. Unknown publication.
Notes:
William Armstrong died on January 27, 1921 in St. Augustine, Florida.
From Armstrong family collection.
Date of Publication:
1921
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Local identifier:
QC00593
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.16682 Longitude: -79.04957
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In memory of Wm. Armstrong of Queenston


Newspaper clipping with partial obituary of William Armstrong by his friend Thomas J. Britt from St. Louis, Missouri.
Clipping measures 23.5 x 6 cm. No title and beginning. Undated. Unknown publication.