Roy Dee Armstrong Sr. and Ida Roswell Haverstock Armstrong
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Ida Armstrong´s grandparents, Paul and Anna Rosvall, were born and married in Havdhem, Sweden, on the Gotland Island. The youngest of their five children was Matthias Niklas, born June 1, 1860. Paul Rosvall was listed in the Baptist Church record in Havdhem Sweden as "an angry Baptist" because of persecution by the state church, which led him to bring him family to America for freedom of worship, in the year 1870. The Rosvalls were among many families who came to America from the Gotland Island in Sweden. They settled near Corcordia, Kan., where they organized the Swedish Baptist Church. They called the little community where they settled the Gotland community and set up a one teacher school called the Gotland school. In America, they changed their name to Roswell. Matt N. Roswell and Florence Mary Evans were both deaf mutes and met in the school they attended. They married April 18, 1889. To this marriage two daughters were born. Ida Florence Roswell on June 15, 1896. Their mother, Florence Roswell, died April 26, 1899 and Matt Roswell died Jan. 11, 1935.

Ida Roswell married Guy Harve Haverstock, May 19, 1917. Three children were born, Lenore Florence Haverstock, May 19, 1918. Walter Alva Haverstock, Jan. 21, 1920, (died the same day) and Guy Harve Haverstock, Jr., July 4, 1922. Guy Harve Haverstock Sr. died March 21, 1922.

Ida Haverstock married Roy Dee Armstrong, March 7, 1933, in Cordordia, KS. The family then moved to the Mt. Blanco Community on March `17, 1933. A son, Roy Dee Armstrong, Jr. was born Dec. 31, 1933. They were active members of the Mt. Blanco Baptist Church where Roy Armstrong, Sr., served as a Sunday School teacher until his death. He was also a leader of the Scouts in that area. Roy Armstrong, Sr., died Dec. 7, 1951.

Lenore Haverstock married George C. "Bud" Stephens in Lubbock, where she had been employed for several years.

Guy Haverstock, Jr., served in the Army during World War II and while in the service married Gwendolyn Keith of Wake Community.

After Roy Armstrong Sr.´s death, Ida Armstrong moved to Lubbock where she and Roy Armstrong, Jr., lived while he was attending Texas Tech. Roy Armstrong, Jr., married Dorothy Key of Lubbock.

Ida Armstrong moved to Ralls in 1963.

Source: "A History of Crosby County 1876-1977" © Crosby County Historical Commission 1978; Taylor Publishing Company, Dallas, Texas.

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Roy D. Armstrong Sr.
Birthplace; Boonville, AR
Occ: Farmer
Rel: Baptist
Father: George Armstrong
Mother: Georgia
Source: Adams Funeral Home


Memorial services for Ida Florence Armstrong among this county´s senior residents at age 90, were at 2 p.m. Saturday in First Baptist Church of Ralls. The Rev. Lee Fuller, pastor, the Rev. John Goss and the Rev. Jerry Golden officiated.

Interment was made in Crosbyton Cemetery.

Mrs. Armstrong was claimed by death at 8:35 a.m. Thursday in Crosbyton Clinic Hospital following a lengthy illness.

A native of Concordia, Kan., she moved to Crosby County in 1933 from Kansas.

She was married to Guy Haverstock Sr., who preceded her in death in 1922. She married Roy Dee Armstrong Sr., who was claimed by death in 1951.

Mrs. Armstrong was a member of the Baptist Church.

She is survived by two sons, Guy Haverstock Jr. of Fort Worth and Roy Dee Armstrong Jr. of Fort Stockton; a daughter, Lenore Stephens of Ralls; a sister, Nina Fredrickson of Denver, Colo.; three granddaughters; and six great grandchildren.

©The Crosbyton Review, Thursday, May 2, 1985, page 10
Record provided by Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum
transcribed by Linda Fox Hughes

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