Notice in the 1952 Ida Grove Newspaper:
Elmer Lars Johnson - (1884 - 1952)
Elmer L. Johnson was born 12 January 1884 in Trassborg, Vastergotland, Sweden. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Johnson. He died rather unexpectedly at the Ida Grove hospital, 24 June 1952 at the age of 68 years, five months and 12 days.
At the age of nine years he came to America with his parents, one sister and four brothers on 22 June 1893. The first home of the Johnson Family was near Odebolt in Sac county, later moving to Hayes township, Ida county, where he resided until two and a half years ago. He was married to Miss Esther Segerstrom, 16 Feb 1915. Two daughters were born to them, Adele, Mrs. Delbert Swanson of Odebolt and Betty, Mrs. Howard Walsh of Ruthven, Iowa. These two daughters tenderly cared for their father during the latter part on 15 June 1939(?). His uncomplaining spirit and pleasant outlook in life made his care much easier. He was always cheery when friends came to see him. Although he had been somewhat physically incapacitated for many years, he took an active interest in his family, friends and community.
His interests were not only confined to farming, something that he had taken pride in as he practiced new farming methods and worked with fine livestock but also in community affairs and the church. He joined and was baptized in the Arthur Baptist church when a young man. On account of his physical condition he could not attend the church service for a number of years but supported the program in a material way. He had spent his life in the occupation of farming until forced to reitre in 1937.
Surviving are the two daughters Adele and Betty, two grandchildren, Sally Swanson and Joseph Walsh. Also two brothers, John of Ida Grove and Enoch of Arthur, and five sisters, Mrs. Milo Newman (Esther) of Los Angeles, Calif; Mrs. Harvey Bilstene (Anna), Kiron; Mrs. Smith (Minnie), Elk Point, S. D.; Mrs. Harry Sullivan (Sarah), Cheboygan, Wisc., and Mrs. Sidney Dolk (Ruth) of Valley, Nebr. Preceding him in death were his wife Esther, his parents and three brothers, Einar, Andrew, and Henry.
The floral contributions and monetary gifts bespeak the esteem in which he was held by relatives and friends both near and far. Funeral services were conducted at Moore & Christensen funeral home in Ida Grove Friday at 1:45 p.m. and at the Arthur Baptist church at 2:30 with Rev. Alrik A. Blomquist of Kerkoven, Minn, officiating. Mrs. Curtis Carlson and Mrs. Harry Sommers sang "Will There be any Stars in my Crown." and "When I Get to the End of the Way," and Dennis Lindberg sang "My Saviours First of All," accompanied at the organ by Mrs. Oscar Olson.
Burial was in Hayes township cemetery beside his wife. Pall bearers were nephews, Raymond Dolk, Valley, Nebr; Gordon Johnson, Des Moines; Max Bilstene, Schleswig; Earl Smith, Elk Point; Bob Johnson, Arthur and Lewis Smith of Ipswitch, S.D.