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22 December 1998
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin G. Johnson
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by Ruth Burnside, Denison Newspapers, 1964
 

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things in life can be a lifelong pleasure, it all depends upon the things we train ourselves to treasure.

In every community there are many interesting older people who keep interested and busy, thus growing old gracefully, keeping their minds and hands occupied. They firmly believe they are as young as their faith and as old as their doubt. While Mrs. Johnson busied herself with her home-making duties, and her church activities, Mr. Johnson occupies his hours with his farm service paper route and as caretaker at the Bethel Lutheran cemetery and the Kiron cemetery.

They have extended a helping hand to their acquaintances and to their family when they needed help. By cooperating with others, they found that working together, much could be accomplished. They have been grateful for their friends and recognized the goodness in them.

Edna (Hultander) Johnson was born in Sac county, 12 May 1892, the daughter of Emil Hultander and Elda (Nelson) Hultander. Her father was born in Jönköping province of Småland, Sweden. He attended the public schools in Sweden and often referred to them as being exceptionally good schools. His father died when he was 12 years old. When a young man he came alone to the United States, coming to Sac City to live with his uncle, John Peterson. For a short time he worked as a farm laborer before going to Omaha, here he was employed as a coachman, caring for the coaches of various people. After his marriage he lived on the Teaquist farm in Sac County before moving to a farm near Holstein. Coming back to Sac City he worked as separator on the threshing crew of Peter Berg for some time before farming near Boyer. In 1915 he moved to Minnesota and spent the remainder of his life there.

Elda (Nelson) Hultander, her mother, was born at Brantos, Sweden. She, too, obtained her schooling in the Swedish schools. When a young lady she came to America to the home of her aunt, Mrs. Jim Erickson, in Ida County. For a time she was employed at the Wheeler ranch as a housemaid before going to Omaha where she also worked as a housemaid, until her marriage.

Walking a quarter of a mile to school, Mrs. Johnson attended a rural school in Sac County, having as her teachers, Minnie Baker and Paul Nelson. Often in her childhood, and going to and from school, she saw gypsies and Indians go through in the spring and fall. After her school days, she helped with the housework in various homes before her marriage on 11 June 1913 to Edwin G. Johnson.

Edwin G. Johnson, son of Frank Johnson and Josephine (Johnson) Johnson, was born 31 August 1890, in Sac county. His father was born in Sweden, received his education in the schools there where he attend

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assisting with the work until she was married.

Mr. Johnson attended a rural school and assisted with the work at home until he began to work for G. A. Norelius, as clerk in a general store. After their marriage they began housekeeping in Kiron. Mr. Johnson continued as clerk at the Norelius store for 13 years, then was employed in the same capacity for Johnson and Sanders for eight years. He then operated a store of his own until 1930, when he was forced to close out due to the depression.

He started to do carpenter work, with E. A. Norelius starting him out, he at one time had a crew of eight men. Now he does odd jobs occasionally.

They were the parents of two children, Mrs. Fred (Marjorie) Kollbaum of Kiron and Norman Johnson of Denison. There are four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

For the past 28 years, Mr. Johnson has had a Des Moines Register Sunday route which is 100 miles long. As their farm service agent he starts out each Sunday morning at 3 o’clock to start on his route. Besides delivering the papers he also serves as a collecting agent.

He has cared for the Bethel Lutheran cemetery for three years and for the Kiron cemetery for five years. During his many years at the carpenter work he has been quite fortunate for he has only had a few minor injuries.

While in the employ of G. A. Norelius, he trained several young men to be clerks.

Flowers, reading and compil-

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in all the activities of the church.

This worthy couple has found that the human touch in this world is what really counts and too they found you couldn’t change yesterday or begin tomorrow until it came so they utilized their time doing what they could for the day at hand.

There are some problems in life that cannot be delegated. These problems are personal matters and the effect their implementation has on our life is a matter of our individual responsibility. The Johnsons have met and assumed their problems to the best of their ability, thus earning for themselves a full and happy life. Their creed for life has been, "It’s not what you have that makes you happy, but how much you enjoy what you have."
 


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