Volume 23 -- 22 Oct 1928
PASSING OF - Mrs. Elenora Johnson - PIONEER OF KIRON
Mrs. Elenora Johnson passed peacefully away at her home in Kiron Sunday morning at 1:35, o'clock after an illness of about six months duration. Though her sufferings the past few weeks were intense she bore them patiently, putting her faith in her Master and waiting for the call to "Come Home." During her last illness as well as through the declining years of her life she was faithfully cared for by her daughter N. Florence Johnson, and the past few weeks her other daughter, Mrs. Emily Fletcher of Des Moines has been here to give a daughter's loving care.
Mrs. Elenora Johnson was born in Mattrod Socken, Christanstad lan, Sweden July 11, 1845 and passed away 22 Oct 1928 at the age of 83 years, 3 months and ten days. She came to America in the year 1868, going first to Moline, Illinois, where she was united in marriage to Swan Johnson on Thanksgiving day 1872. They farmed near Green River, Illinois until in April 1877 they came to Sac County where they located on the farm which is still known as the Swan Johnson homestead and is occupied by a son, Edwin A. Johnson and family. They left the farm in 1912, coming to Kiron, which has since been their home. The husband and father passed away in 1921 and since that time Mrs. Johnson and daughter miss Florence have kept the home and lived happily and contentedly together, doing many kind acts and good deeds.
The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Johnson was blessed with six children, three sons and three daughters, one daughter, Augusta having passed to the other world at the age of nineteen there remains to mourn the going of a good mother, Mrs. Emily Fletcher of Des Moines. Florence Johnson at home, Edwin Johnson of this vicinity, Herbert Johnson of Wichita, Kansas, and Will A. Johnson with the U. S. Navy at present stationed at San Diego, California. There are also four sisters, Mrs. Joanna Engberg, who also lives here and whose companionship was enjoyed for many years, as sister, Mr. Olive Leander of River Forest, Ill, Miss Augusta Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colo, and Mrs. G. O. Ostergren of St. Paul, who recently visited the sisters here. There were a family of nine children, now but the three sisters remaining. Besides these there are five grand children to mourn the going of this aged lady, and hosts of other relatives and near and dear friends.
Mrs. Johnson was converted and baptized at the age of 12, while yet in Sweden and joined the United Baptist church. When she came to this country her membership was transferred to the Baptist church at Moline and on coming here she became a member of the Swedish Baptist church where she has been a faithful worker for nearly fifty years. Mrs. Johnson had a beautiful Christian character and her faith and works have been an example for those with whom she came in contact. Besides being a kind and loving mother, she was a good neighbor, friend and citizen, a faithful worker in the societies of the church and her memory will always be a pleasant one to those whom she had known in life.
Her sickness was such that nothing could be done to restore her to health being cancer of the stomach, and those who loved her best can rejoice in her release from all further suffering.
During her sickness the children have been faithful in her care, the two sons from a distance having both visited her, Will coming home on a leave of absence a short while ago, and the son Herbert, having made a visit earlier in the summer, and has been here for the past couple of weeks.
Funeral services were held from the home on Tuesday afternoon and following the short service there the body was taken across the street to the Baptist church where the last services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. Gordon Carlson assisted by Rev. P. Lovene of the Arthur church. Favorite songs of Mrs. Johnson were used in the services. The floral offering was beautiful and profuse, showing the love and esteem in which she was held. The funeral was largely attended by friends and neighbors. All of the children were present with the exception of Will.
The body was laid to rest in the Kiron cemetery.