- ARMOUR , HERMAN OSSIAN, merchant, was born March 2, 1837, in Stockbridge, N. Y. The packing business of the Armour brothers is conducted on a stupendous scale. Their abattoirs in Chicago are of immense capacity. Thousands of animals are slaughtered there every day. The firm not only supply millions of the people of the United States annually with fresh meats, through the method of distribution by refrigerator cars, but they are the largest shippers of cured goods across the ocean for the supply of western Europe. They give employment in their several industries to upward of fifteen thousand persons, while the auxiliary branches of the business attain to the number of about three hundred. Herman O. Armour is now one of the most respected merchants of New York city, and has identified himself thoroughly with the business and social life of the metropolis.