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Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2001 7:27 PM

Decatur County Journal

April 27, l899

The people of Leon were greatly shocked last Thursday morning on hearing

that THOMAS JOHNSON, brother of JIMMY JOHNSON, one of our oldest

citizens, had been found dead in an outbuilding by his wife. Although

MR. JOHNSON had been in poor health for years, his sudden death was

unexpected, and was a terrific blow to his relatives. He had made

several trips to Chicago to place himself under the care of skilled

specialists, but received but little benefit. On last Thursday morning

he arose as usual and shortly afterwards lit his pipe and went out into

the yard. His prolonged absence caused MRS. JOHNSON to become uneasy

and she went in search of him, finding him dead as above stated. The

cause of death is not known, but it is thought that an old throat

trouble came upon him and together with a sudden attack of heart

failure, caused his death.

THOMAS JOHNSON was born in County Norfolk, England, in l836, where he

lived many years, afterwards going to London where he was employed as a

building engineer and inspector for near twenty-four years, a position

in which his ability won for him a well deserved reputation. He came to

America, accompanied by his wife, about fifteen years ago, during which

period, with the exception of several years spent in Chicago, he has

been a resident of Leon.

The funeral services were conducted at the family residence in north

Leon on last Friday morning at l0 o'clock, Rev. Wm. Biggs officiating,

and interment made in the Leon Cemetery.


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June 20, 200l



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