Obituary of Nils Johnston in the Kiron News.
Nils Johnston, a highly esteemed resident of this locality passed away in his home 1 mile north and 1 1/2 miles west of Kiron at 12 o'clock noon Thursday, 28 January 1937, after a year's illness when he has been totally bedridden. He suffered a stroke a year ago last December, loosing his speech and becoming entirely helpless. During his illness he has received the very best of care by his children and by his loving wife who passed away two months ago.
Nils Johnston was born 28 April 1854 in Fränninge socken, Malmöhus, Sweden, coming to America when fifteen years of age. For two years he worked in Maryland and Illinois then coming directly to this locality where he has resided ever since.
He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Peterson in the year 1882, when they established their home in Ida county, just across the line from Crawford county, and that was his home up to the time of his death of 82 years, 8 months and 29 days.
To this union seven children were born, four sons and three daughters, the one son, Elmer, passed away in 1928. Those who survive are Robert at home; Emma, Mrs. Otto Ang, of Arthur; Sophia, Mrs. Walter Carlson, of Kiron; Albert of Englewood, Colorado; Margaret at home; and Martin of Kiron. He also leaves two sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law, seven grand children and one brother, Anders Johnson of Denison. Two sisters, Mrs. Ingre Nelson and Anna Mortenson, and one brother, S. I. Lindstrom, preceded him in death. He leaves many other relatives and a host of friends.
Nels Johnston's life was full of good deeds. He was always ready to help anyone in need, was a good neighbor and friend and a worthy, highly respected citizen. He was a kind and loving father, a truly consecrated Christian. He was always interested in Civic affairs and for a number of years serves as president of the Farmer's Lumber and Grain Company of Kiron and at present was one of the directors. He has also served as township assessor and school director for many terms.
Funeral services were held on Sunday from the Ev. Free Church at 2:00 oclock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. H. A. Faugerstrom. The songs "Face to Face" and "Nearer My God to Thee"' were beautifully sung in duet by Miss Doris Sederberg and Mrs. Leroy Schelldorf with Miss Jeanette Cedergren at the piano. The pall bearers were the two grandsons, Kenwood Ang and Willard Carlson, and Harry and Bert Lindstrom and Ernest Anderson and Howard Larson.
Interment was made in the Kiron Cemetery. Peace be to his memory.
The one son, Albert, who is a patient in the Sanitarium at Englewood, Colorado, was not able to come home for the funeral. The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the family in the loss of both of their parents within 2 and 1/2 months and to Albert who was not able to come home for either funeral.
Many attended the funeral to pay their last tribute to this highly esteemed man.