Henry Johnson, 1841-1913
Posted By: Ruth Hackett (email)
Date: 2/20/2009 at 21:32:51
HENRY JOHNSON DIES SUDDENLY
PIONEER SETTLER AND MEMBER OF VANDENBURG POST VICTIM OF HEART DISEASE.
FUNERAL HELD TUESDAY AFTERNOON
Settled in Ellsworth Township, Emmet County About Twenty-Five Years Ago.
Henry Johnson, a pioneer resident of this county and an old soldier, died suddenly at his home north of town Saturday evening [Sep 20, 1913) of heart failure.
He had been subject to attacks of heart failure for the past six or seven years but had no serious illness. Friday he had returned from Montana, where he had been to register for a homestead at the Ft. Peck Indian reservation and Saturday he brought a load of potatoes to town and was apparently in his usual health. At about nine o'clock in the evening his heart began to trouble him and in less than half an hour his soul had passed to its Maker.
Funeral was held from the residence and the Norwegian Lutheran church Tuesday afternoon and interment made in the Norwegian cemetery, north of Estherville.
Mr. Johnson was one of Emmet County's most highly respected citizens. He was a member of Vandenburg Post G. A. R. and this organization had charge of the funeral obsequies. He was born in Halsuvia Fieldsberg, Bergeus Steft Norway, June 5, 1841. At the age of 17 he came to America and settled in Illinois. In 1862 he enlisted in the 91st Illinois Infantry and served his county until he was mustered out July 15th,1965.
On March 31, 1867 he was married to Miss Susan Johnson at Polk City, Iowa. To this union eleven children were born, six of whom are now living as follows: Mrs. M. Welde, Canton, South Dakota; Mrs. Sam Welde, Mrs. C. Welde, Mrs. Joe Aalborg, Mrs. Olof Myhre and Jacob Johnson of this county and an adopted son [print blurred] of Sioux Falls.
He came to Emmet County about twenty-five years ago and settled on a farm in Emmet County, where he engaged extensively in the stock business. He moved to Estherville eight years ago. During several sessions of the legislature he was one of the doorkeepers of the house of representatives and was always faithful to his post.
Besides the six children he is survived by an only brother, Mr. N. O. Johnson of this city.
Contributed by: Ruth Hackett. Source: Iowa Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa; September 24, 1913.
Other sources: He was inducted into Armed Forces Aug. 11, 1862 in Illinois and discharged Jul 12, 1865 at Mobile, Alabama.
His parents' names were unknown, according to Cornelius Welde, the informant. He died of apoplexy at the age of 72 years, 3 months, 15 days.He was buried Sep 23, 1913. Widowed.
Emmet Obituaries maintained by LaVern Velau.
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