Ralph T. Armstrong

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
November 8, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 289

RALPH T. ARMSTRONG, D. D. S. Dependable, highly
trained and enthusiastic with reference to his profession,
Dr. Ralph T. Armstrong is one of the leading dental sur-
geons of Braxton County, and is enjoying a large practice
from the people of Gassaway and its vicinity. He was born
at Sutton, West Virginia, July 25, 1886,. a son of Cornelius
and Elizabeth J. (Traxell) Armstrong, both natives of
Braxton County. He died in May, 1911, but she survives
and is still residing at Sutton, maintaining her membership
with the Baptist Church of that city, to which her husband
also belonged. In politics he was a democrat. They had
four sons and two daughters, namely: W. L., who is an
attorney practicing at the bar of Sutton; G. B., who is a
graduated attorney, is now engaged in merchandising; Mary
L., who is a business college graduate, is living at home;
Jessie M., who is also a business college graduate, is the
wife of P. H. Murphy, an attorney of Charleston; Doctor
Armstrong, whose name heads this review; and A. P., who
is a physician of Sutton and Morgantown.

Doctor Armstrong attended the West Virginia State Uni-
versity, and is a graduate of the Cincinnati Ohio, College
of Dental Surgery. For some four years he traveled about,
working at his profession, but in 1915 settled permanently
at Gassaway, where he has built up very desirable connec-
tions and won proper appreciation from his patients.

In 1912 Doctor Armstrong married Ida E. Cool, of
Webster County, West Virginia, and they have two daugh-
ters, Lucile and Louise. Mrs. Armstrong is a member of
the Baptist Church, and active in church work. Doctor
Armstrong belongs to the Loyal Order of Moose. While
he has never eared to enter politics, he has always given a
conscientious attention to civic matters, and voted the
democratic ticket. He is a man of broad outlook on life,
and not only is a skilled dental surgeon, but a highly edu-
cated gentleman and public-spirited citizen and one who is
anxious to give his community the benefit of his knowledge
and experience. Both he and his wife are popular, and are
the center of a congenial social circle.