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Obituary ~ T.T. (Thomas Theodore) Johnston
May 31, 1860 ~ June 24, 1929
After an illness of paralysis of two and one half years duration, during eighteen months of which time he was confined to his bed, T. T. JOHNSTON passed away early Monday morning [June 24, 1929]. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at 2:30 at the Methodist [Episcopal] Church, being conducted by Rev. S. P. WILLIAMSON, former pastor of the Mount Ayr Church of Christ who is now located at Chillicothe, MO., assisted by Rev. E. S. MENOHER, pastor of the local Methodist church. The large [assemblage?] at the funeral attested the high regard in which Mr. JOHNSTON was held in the community. Interment was in the Ellston Cemetery [Ringgold County, Iowa].
Thomas Theodore JOHNSTON, son of William and Elizabeth JOHNSTON, was born near Brimfield, Il., May 31, 1860 and passed to his reward at his home in Mt. Ayr, Ia., June 24, 1929, aged 69 years and 23 days. His last illness covered a period of two and one-half years, or since December, 1926, when he suffered a stroke of paralysis, from which he partially recovered and he was able to be up and around and at his place of business until February, 1928 when the second paralytic stroke left him in such weakened condition that he was compelled to take to his bed. During the last year and a half, he lay a constant sufferer, deprived of the faculty of speech; a helpless invalid; but through all the long months of illness the faculties of his find mind remained unimpaired. During the long period of illness he radiated kindness and each visitor to the sick room was greeted by his pleasant smile which gave assurance of appreciation of the care and anxiety of loved ones and the solicitude of friends.
Mr. JOHNSTON was the fourth child of a family of eleven children, five of whom preceeded (sic) him in death. He is survived by three sisters and two brothers – Mrs. Belle GERMAN, Mrs. G. M. JACKSON of Ellston, Iowa, Mrs. R. M. HOLLAND of Kellerton, Iowa, William JOHNSTON of Diagonal, Iowa, and R. D. JOHNSTON of Mount Ayr.
At the age of twenty, in the year 1880, Mr. JOHNSTON moved with his parents to Ringgold county, Iowa, and settled on a farm near the present site of Ellston. He engaged in farming for a time, but when opportunity offered, her accepted a position in the A. W. Cornwall store for a year and a half. He later became associated with L. W. HESS in the general mercantile business in Ellston. As clerk and proprietor, he established a reputation for honesty and fair dealing.
On December 30, 1883, he was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Alice HESS and to this union three children were born, all of whom survive. They are Horace A. JOHNSTON of Newton, Ia., Herbert T. JOHNSON of Mt. Ayr., Ia. and Alice (Mrs. E. E. FOLAND) of Grand River, Iowa. He is also survived by six grandsons. The wife and mother passed away July 15, 1908.
In the year 1901, Mr. JOHNSTON disposed of his business at Ellston and moved with his family to Grand River, where he was successfully engaged in the general mercantile business for a period of 16 years, or until 1918, when with his two sons, Horace and Herbert, he purchased the Ford automobile agency for the Mount Ayr and Diagonal territory and moved to Mount Ayr.
In 1914, Mr. JOHNSTON was united in marriage to Mrs. Rilla S. BUCK, who survives him and who with the children ministered to him with loving and tender care during the long period of his illness.
Mr. JOHNSTON was in infancy christened in the United Presbyterian church. He later affiliated with the United Brethren church s Beaconsfield where his membership was retained during the remainder of his life. Throughout his life he was interested in the work of the church and his influence and support were given to the upbuilding of the cause of righteousness in the communities where his life was spent.
The death of Mr. JOHNSTON marks the passing of one of Ringgold county’s most highly respected citizens; one whose sterling qualities as a man command admiration and respect. Positive in his convictions, honest in his dealings; kind generous and considerate of others, he courageously stood for what he thought right and he was ever found aligned with the forces of righteousness. With the bereaved ones who today mourn the loss of a kind and loving husband and father, the community mourns the loss of a loyal and patriotic citizen and a kind and generous neighbor and friend.
SOURCE: genealogical clippings of Pearle Veva (BRAMON) FOLAND, Mount Ayr Record-News, 1929
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, November of 2013