Kiron, Wednesday , March 28, 1923
(picture) Peter Johnston born 19 Sept 1842 --died 21 march 1923
Another aged pilgrim has been summoned from our midst to enter thru the golden portals into the celestial city of the redeemed. His journey is over, his labor here is finished; but the impressions and influences of his life will long remain with us though his place in home and church will long be vacant.
The soul of our beloved Peter Johnston was liberated in death from his mortal body at his home here in Kiron late last Wednesday evening, 21 march 1923.
His health has gradually failed him the past year on account of his advanced age until he was compelled to take to the bed the 20th of last January. Nobly and patiently he bore his suffering being most tenderly cared for by his daughters. He rejoiced over the fact that his daughter, in his home was a graduate nurse. At times he was hopeful that he might recover, but gladly he submitted himself to the will of God.
Mr. Johnston was born in Skottbro, Vandels Soken, Upsala, Sweden, 19 Sept 1842 being at his death 80 years 6 months and 2 days of age. The first 26 years of his romantic life were spent in the old country on the farm coming to America 4 July 1868 he settled down in Rock Island, Ill, where he worked in a saw mill. At Rock Island he was united in marriage with Anna Helena Larson on midsummer day 1869. Three children were born to this marriage, Anna, Helena, and Peter. Peter died in infancy and Helena at the age of 31.
They moved to Kiron from Rock Island in November 1870 where he bought some land two miles south and a half mile west of Kiron. This happy family circle was broken by the death of his wife, 13 July 1876, when he rented out the farm and engaged in carpentering for many years.
14 April 1885 he was married to Bothilda Bergren and resumed farming. One daughter, Thilda, was born to them in this marriage. This happy union was soon broken up as Mrs. Johnston was called to glory 6 Sept 1887 leaving brother Johnson again alone with the children the youngest being but 18 months of age. Eleven years later he united in marriage with Mrs. Johanna Peterson, on 20 March 1898. Desiring to retire they moved into Kiron in 1905, he enjoyed a peaceful and quiet home until this also was disturbed by the death of his wife 27 Oct 1920. Since then, his daughter, Mrs. John Gordon, together with her husband have made their home with him in order to give him the care his old age required.
Brother Johnston accepted Christ as his personal Savior when 19 years old dedicating his life to Christ in baptism when he became a member of the Baptist church. Coming to America he became a member at Rock Island and later to the church here. On account of a division in the church Mr. Johnston was outside of the church for a number of years but his membership was restored to him upon his request.
A great deal could be said as to the excellent character and Christian principle of our deceased brother; but one of his last requests was not to praise him in enumerating his qualities. "I hope my life speaks for itself and if there is anything worth mentioning give God the honor and glory". Indeed his life speaks for itself. He held several offices of responsibility in church and community being a trustee of the church and teacher of the older men's class in Sunday school. He has always been held in highest esteem having the cause of Christ constantly on his heart. He was a valuable member of this church.
He leaves to mourn, his two daughters, Mrs. Anna Nordell and Mrs. Thilda Gordon, 6 grand children, Many other relatives and a large circle of friends together with the members of this church.
Rest in peace my brother. Your life's journey was long and perhaps full of discouragement, but to us it seems a gloria of godliness hanging over your sweet memory appealing to aim higher, strive harder, live nobler and trust more firmly in Him whom thou didst love and serve.
The last services were held on Saturday afternoon at the Baptist church conducted by Rev. C. I. Peterson. The pall Bearers were members of his Sunday School. Interment was made in the Kiron Cemetery.