MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 431
submitted by Phyllis Hazen, Novmeber 26, 2007
Died, at the family residence, 800 West Third street, Muscatine, Iowa. February 25, 1896, ALICE T. JOHNSON, wife of Rev. L. D. Johnson, M. D. She was born at Weare, New Hampshire, January 21, 1852. Her parents were Henry and Anna Thorndike, who were nearly all their lives engaged in educational work. Mrs. Johnson was for a number of years a teacher and for four years was employed by the government as teacher among the Indians. She was married April 2, 1878, and became the mother of eight children, seven of whom survive.
She was a woman of rare talent, and notwithstanding her family cares, was a close student. She kept herself well posted on the questions of the day, marked the movements of all the nations, noted how they figured in the fulfillment of Divine prophecy. Though history and prophecy were her favorite studies, she spent much time in the study of languages, especially German, which she took up only a few years ago, becoming quite proficient both in reading and speaking. Until recently she conducted a Bible correspondence class in a large number of the states. Realizing that her health was failing, she laid aside much of her outside work. In her home she was in every sense a queen. Always gentle, yet firm, in her sweet government so that one word, often a quiet whisper, was sufficient. Plain and simple in her tastes, she spent the time, which many others devote to the round of social demands, in storing her mind with wholesome knowledge and teaching the children. She became a Christian in childhood and lived a most exemplary like. In disposition she was cordial, cheerful, patient, unselfish, Christ-like. There are many beautiful lessons to be gleaned from her simple yet strong life. But few really knew her true worth. In her sickness she fully realized her condition and talked freely of her departure. When she saw that the end was near she said to her husband, “I am unspeakably happy.”-- Com. --
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