Sadness spread over the community when news came Tuesday of last week that Elmer Johnston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nels Johnston, who was engaged in farming in Montana, had met his death while in Minneapolis. Whether he was on his way home at the time, or had come to market stock is not as yet known.
Martin Johnston, a brother, accompanied by E. E. Clauson went at once to Minneapolis and made arrangements to have the body brought home, which arrived here Thursday morning.
Elmer Johnston, son of Marie and Nels Johnston was born on the Johnston homestead 4 April 1890 and died 8 January 1928, being at the time of his death 37 years, 8 months and 4 days of age. Elmer had grown to manhood in this community. He received his schooling here. He was of a quiet disposition, but he had many loyal friends whose memories of him will live for ever. He was a hard working and ambitious young man and in the spring of 1914 he decided to take a claim at Baylor, Montana, where he had lived since up to the time of his death, being engaged in farming.
Neighbors and school mates of his earlier days, spent in this vicinity knew Elmer as an upright man and one just in all his dealings. He served in the world war and spent 13 months in France in the 319 Engineer company.
The funeral services were held from the home at 2:00 o'clock Friday afternoon, Rev. H. E. Sodergren of the Free Mission church conducting the services with military rites by the American Legion of Kiron. Six exservice men and friends and school mates served as pall bearers.
Besides his bereaved parents he leaves to mourn his early and sad departure, three sisters and three brothers, Mrs. Otto Eng of Arthur, Mrs. Walter Carlson of Kiron and Margaret at home, Robert, Albert and Martin all at home.
The beautiful floral offerings showed love for Elmer as a last tribute to him, also the large number of friends who attended the funeral.