Saturday, May 16, 2009

Harris Longthorn Johnson, 1867-1940

  H. L. Johnson, lifetime pioneer resident of Numa, died suddenly at his farm home one mile southeast of Numa, Saturday [2 March 1940] at 12:30 A.M., death being the result of a heart attack. Only the wife and one son, Bert, were with him when the end came. For the past two years Mr. Johnson has been a sufferer with heart trouble, but had regained his health to such an extent that he was able to be about, but the past month he has been forced to remain in the home.
  He leaves besides his wife, three daughters and two sons; Mrs. R. J. Knouf and Mrs. Joe Jensen of LaGrange, Illinois; Paul of Green Bay, Wis.; Mrs. Fairy Neff of Ames, Iowa, and Bert Johnson at home. Mr. Johnson had just passed his 73rd birthday, having been born on Feb . 27, 1867 at Union Grove, Racine Co., Wisconsin, the son of English parents, George and Harriet (Dyball) Johnson. The Johnson family moved to Numa, Iowa (then called Bellair) in 1868. He was married on Sept. 22, 1895 to Celia Russell of Numa, Iowa. At that time he was a coal mine owner and operator but soon sold his interests and bought a farm southeast of Numa, which has been his home since. He was a prominent and successful farmer and stockraiser and leaves a wide circle of Acquaintances. He also leaves a brother, Fred Johnson of Pomona, Calif. and a sister, Mrs. Laura Inman of Ardmore, S. Dak.
  Death came on March 2, 1940. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church at Numa with the Rev. Mott Sawyers of Centerville conducting the funeral services, with burial in the Numa Cemetery, besides his oldest son, George Ernest. 
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  Transcribed from Soldiers Buried in Appanoose County, Iowa Before World War II and Some Obituaries of Early Settlerscompiled by Osee Johnson Knouf [S.I. Daughters of the American Revolution, La-Grange-Illinois Society, 1977] on FHL Film #1703828, Item #3 [Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990].

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