Claude J. Armstrong of Chandlerville, Ill., whose farm is situated in township 18, range 19, n., Cass County, Ill., is considered among the most intelligent, worthy and promising of the younger farmers of this portion of the county. Further details of his family connections are to be found in a sketch of his brother Jeptha Armstrong, which appears in this volume. He was born in Cass County, Ill., July 26, 1889. His father was Robert H. Armstrong, a native of Cass County, who was engaged in agricultural pursuits, and his mother’s maiden name was Jennie B. Schoonover, also of Cass County.
In early youth Claude J. Armstrong received a fair education in the public schools of his neighborhood and spent the time until his marriage in working on a farm by the month. He became possessed of a share of his father’s estate, and after he was married, rented a house near the paternal property, and, in the fall of 1913, moved to the homestead, and here he and his family have since resided, and he has carried on farming successfully on the old place.
On February 10, 1909, Mr. Armstrong was united in marriage with Edith Schoonover, born in Cass County, October 4, 1888, a daughter of Jacob and Susan (Baker) Schoonover. Mr. Schoonover was born in the state of New York and the birthplace of Mrs. Schoonover was in Cass County. They have the following children: Lloyd Bertrand, born April 7, 1909; Remus Robert, born June 6, 1911; and Roland Howard, born February 19, 1914. Mr. Armstrong has prospered in his undertakings and is considered a judicious and substantial farmer. He is affiliated with the M. W. A. of Chandlerville. Mr. Armstrong attends the Christian church.