Pioneer Resident Passed Away Friday
John Oscar Johnson - ( 1858 - 4 Aug. 1933)
Another one of Crawford county's older pioneers left us when John Oscar Johnson passed away Friday morning, 4 August 1933 at his home 3 1/2 miles south and a mile east of Kiron. Mr. Johnson has enjoyed unusually good health for his age. Hey got up as usual Friday morning and were ready to have breakfast when he suffered a heart attack and suddenly passed away.
John Oscar Johnson was the first son of twelve children of David and Johanna Augusta Johnson, born 3 April 1858 in Houston, Minnesota. He came with his parents to Crawford county in 1868 where he resided ever since. Following the death of his parents, he and his brother Joseph farmed the old Johnson homestead and in later years retired from farming but continued to make the old homestead their home. He was greatly liked by all his neighbors, always being cheerful and congenial. At one of the early pioneers he went through many hardships together with his parents, brothers and sisters. He has been a resident of Crawford county for sixty five years. Mr. Johnson was always honest in all his dealings. He was baptized and joined the Baptist church during his youth. Besides his parents, four sisters and one brother proceeded him in death.
Those who mourn his departure are the three brothers, Joseph at home, Reuben of California, Leonard of Sioux City and the three sisters, Mrs. W. J. Whipkey of Peever, S. D., Mrs. Otto Engelking of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Mrs. C. W. Lindgren of Sioux City and a large number of other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held from the home at 2:00 o'clock Tuesday afternoon conducted by Rev. E. J. Nordlander of Kiron. Special singing was rendered by Myrtle and Ellen Nelson. There were many beautiful floral offerings in respect for the departed. The pall bearers were, Wallace Anderson, Cliff Anderson, Abner Lindgren, Elmer Lindgren, Reuben Johnson, and Bud Engelking. Interment was made in the Kiron cemetery.
Those from a distance who came for the funeral were, Mrs. Otto Engelking and daughter and son, Lucille and Vernald of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Lindvall and two daughters of Omaha, Mrs. Pearl Lindgren, Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Lindgren, Ruth Abner and son Conard Lindgren, and Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Anderson and family and Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Anderson and family of Dunlap, Mrs. Ray Stone of Alta, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Beckman and Mrs. Roberts of Dunlap.