Nels A. Johnson, 76 Died Mon. Morning - (d-5 August 1935)
Nels A. Johnson passed away at his home in Kiron at 7:50 Monday morning, August 5, at the age of 76 years, 9 months,, and 27 days. His health had been failing for the past year, although he was up and around between times. For the past three years he had been tenderly cared for by Bernice Sleister, who faithfully ministered to his every need and want.
Nels A. Johnson, son of Andrew and Brita Johnson, was born October 8, 1858 in Hallands lan, Sweden. He came to this country with his parents when but a small child spending a short time in Arcadia, Iowa, they moved to a farm in the south part of Stockholm township, Crawford county Iowa in 1868. They remained there for some years, when they moved to Hayes township, Ida county, where both he and his father purchased farms. They continued farming together until his father died, May 11, 1902. His mother died Aug. 20, 1898. He continued farming until about the year 1904, when he moved to Kiron, having built a hotel here, he operated this for a number of years, and then leased it to various parties. In the meantime he had erected a residence in town, in which he resided until his death.
Mr. Johnson had no close relatives in this country. He had a brother, August, and a sister, Anna, who preceded him in death, dying on their journey here. He leaves a host of neighbors and friends who will greatly miss him. He was congenial, kind and tender hearted. In his home, his friends always found a friendly greeting. He was a great friend of children about him and was very fond of little DeArliss Sleister, whose mother cared for him. All his neighbors spoke very highly of him and gladly did what they could for him. Of late years he delighted himself in his garden and flowers. He was a lover of flowers.
Mr. Johnson was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Of late years, during his residence in Kiron, he attended the Ev. Free church and as long as his health permitted he was a regular and faithful attendant. He delighted in having young folks come to his home for their social meeting. He had often manifest his faith in his Master and of late expressed his desire to go to his heavenly home.
Funeral services will be held from the Ev. Free church at 2 o'clock on Thursday afternoon. Rev. H. A. Faugerstrom will be in charge. The pallbearers will be Howard, Edgar, and Wallace Larson, Bert Lindstrom, A. E. Benson, and Robert Sjogren.