From: "Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: OBITUARY - THOMAS MADESON JOHNSON.
Date: Friday, June 08, 2001 12:22 AM
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Death calls Thomas Madeson Johnson, Pioneer of Garfield Community,
April 2l, l935; Early settler had lived on his homested for more than
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THOMAS M. JOHNSON, affectionately known to a large number of friends as
"Uncle TOM", who had resided for more than fifty years in the Garfield
Community, and was one of the finest characters among the many splendid
people who settled and built that community, passed away Sunday at the
home of his daughter, MRS. F.S. LONG of Arnold. MR. JOHNSON had reached
the advanced age of 86 years and the story of his life is well told in
the following obituary which was prepared by MRS. CHARLES LUCAS of
Shelton, Nebraska, an old time friend of the Johnson family.
THOMAS MADESON JOHNSON was the son of SAMUEL and
MARTHA(BARRINGTON)JOHNSON who came from Ireland and settled in the State
of Ohio where THOMAS was born on January l6, l849. When a young man he
moved to Van Wert, Iowa, where he met and married HULDA ANNA HOFFA on
October 26, l879. They remained in Iowa until March, l884, when MR. and
MRS. JOHNSON and three small children moved to Firth, Lancaster County,
Nebraska. Here they resided until September l of the same year when
they drove overland in a covered wagon and settled on a homestead in the
Garfield Community, where by strict economy and hard labor a good home
was built which he occupied continuously for the past 5l years.
MR. JOHNSON was always interested in the welfare of the community and
did his part faithfully. He served as a mail carrier for four years on
the star route between the Garfield and Myrtle Post Offices, over forty
years ago when his only conveyance was a horse and buggy. He led a very
active life until about five years ago when he had the misfortune to
lose one of his limbs through a foot infection. Since which time he was
compelled to use a wheelchair much of the time.
He was always cheerful and optimistic in spite of this handicap and
still enjoyed being at the public gatherings and will be greatly missed
by his neighbors and friends. He was at one time a member of the
Garfield Methodist Episcopal Church, but later united with the General
Baptist Church. He departed this life in the early morning of April 2l,
at the home of his daughter, MRS. F.S. LONG, at the advanced age of 86
years, 3 months and 6 days.
His wife preceded him in death on November 23, l93l. He is survived by
his five children as follows: CHARLES and SAMUEL; MRS. MARTHA JOHNSON
and MRS. NANCY LONG, all of this community, and MRS. ADA WOODS of Chino
Valley, Arizona. Also, one sister, MRS. JENNIE HOLMES of Wichita,
Kansas, and fourteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Fitting tributes to MR. JOHNSON are given in both the Garfield and West
Whittier Correspondence, and in the Garfield Department there is also a
complete account of the funeral services which were held there Tuesday.
Shared by Tracy Summerville
Nancee's Notes: This was also shared with me by Tracy Summerville.