The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, January 16, 1908
JAMES SMITH JOHNSTON was born March 14, 1832, at Piqua, in Shelby County,
Ohio, and died at his home in Russell, Friday, Jan. 10, 1908, of apoplexy,
aged 75 years, 9 months and 18 days.
MR. JOHNSTON came to Iowa about 1858 and lived for a number of years near
Oskaloosa, coming to Lucas County in the spring of 1871 and settling on the
farm east of Russell into the present home place March 1, 1900. He was
united in marriage to MISS ANNA DEWEESE, March 25, 1858, who died Jan. 5,
1865. To this union were born three children: FRANK who died March 26, '07,
and MRS. DORA WHITTEN of Alberta Province, Canada, and MATTIE who died when
young. He was married again Sept. 11, 1867, to MISS MARGARET R. WRIGHT. To
this union were born five children: Infant babe NETTIE, CARRIE, ROSS and
HOWARD. NETTIE died March 4, 1880, and CARRIE and ROSS, March 8th of
scarlet fever. HOWARD is engaged in the Presbyterian ministry until
recently with Dr. Balcolm Shaw in the Second Presbyterian Church, Chicago.
Besides a loving companion, son and daughter, he leaves to mourn his loss
two brothers, one of whom is present at the funeral from South Dakota and
one in Ohio, besides a large number of relatives and a host of friends who
have known and honored him for years. He united with the church in early
life and had been an elder in the Presbyterian Church for over forty years.
He was a regular attendant at the church services but especially faithful to
the prayer meeting. He was jovial in disposition, known familiarly to
everybody, a kind husband and father, a true friend and neighbor, a faithful
follower of the Lord Jesus Christ and a willing office-bearer in the church.
We mourn for him and feel deeply our great loss and commend his loved ones
to the God of all comfort -- our Savior and his. The sympathy of the entire
community goes out to the grief stricken family in their sorrow.
The funeral was held at the Presbyterian Church Wednesday afternoon at 2:30,
conducted by the Pastor, S.A. Soxe. Those in attendance at the funeral from
a distance: W.W. Wright, Miss Gail Wright, of Wright, Iowa; Stephen Johnston
and wife, Luin Brook, South Dakota; Mrs. Black, Houpeston, Ill.; M.W.
Crozier and wife, C.E. Crozier, Miss Minnie Crozier, Miss Higgins and Mrs.
Boyd, of Oskaloosa, Iowa; Mrs. Harrison, Wright, Iowa.
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