History of Armstrong, IA

A Brief History of Armstrong Iowa

and Armstrong Grove

Significant Events 1856-1993 (The First "100" Years)

1856--Thomas Armstrong first arrived in area to trap
1859--Emmet County Organized
1864--First permanent settlers arrived in Armstrong Grove area
1872--First Fourth of July celebration held
1883--'Armstrong's Grove' post office became 'Armstrong'
1891--Site for town of Armstrong chosen
1892--First locomotive arrived in Armstrong
1893--Town of Armstrong incorporated
1894--First Schoolhouse erected & fire dept organized
1896--First waterworks&telephone systems
1903--Gaslights put in business area & Opera House opened
1913--Electricity came to Armstrong
1916--Brick School replaced 1894 building
1939--Armstrong's first swimming pool opened
1945--Armstrong Public Library founded
1956--Art's Way's first plant in downtown area
1960--Opera House demolished to expand City Park
1962--New Post Office dedicated
1964--Old R.R. Depot torn down
1969--New library and park shelterhouse built
1989--Armstrong Heritage Museum founded
1993--Armstrong centennial celebration

The above information taken from the book, "Remembering Armstrong-A Centennial History." (1993)

Significant Events 1994-present

2001--St. Mary's Catholic Church lowered 18 inches
2001--Old First Trust Bank building and East Side Cafe torn down for new Bank Midwest building
2003--Elementary building built in 1915 torn down to build new Junior High
2007--Armstrong Swimming pool from 1956 demolished
2008--New Swimming Pool opened in July.
2008--Kasson Drug closed in November.:(
2011--Veterans Brick Memorial built in City Park
2012--Old Cargill elevator razed by Stateline Coop.
2012--Casey's razed old Kum'n'Go for new Casey's store.
2013--Armstrong Service Center opens new tire building.

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