William N. Johnson
Oberlin Hearld, 9 May 1912

William N. Johnson Dead.

    William N. [Newton] Johnson was born in
Warren County, Illinois, April 25, 1842 where he
grew to manhood.  At the age of 19 he enlisted in
Company K Illinois cavalry and was honorably
discharged from his country's service after
having served faithfully and well for a period of
three years and nine months.
    In 1864 he was joined in marriage with Miss
Catharine C. [Charity] Ritchey of which union
eight children were born, two of whom were called
home by the Master in their tender childhood.  He
leaves to mourn his loss his aged companion who
has shared his sorrows and his joys through many
years, and the following children who were
present when the remains were laid to rest; W.
[William] W. Johnson of Almena, G. [George] R.
Johnson of LaGrand, Ore., C. [Charles] R. Johnson
of Cambridge, Nebr., Mrs. C. V. [Mary F.] Bullock
of Grassland, Ky, Mrs. T. J. [Dora A.] Relph and
Mrs. L. A. [Myrtle C.] Augheg, both of Cedar
Bluffs, Kan.
    The deceased was converted 23 years ago and
has been a faithful, conscientious and earnest
worker in the Methodist church and Sunday school
since, until age and infirmity prevented his
giving as much work to the Master as he wished to
    The end came last Friday morning May 3, 1912,
at the home of his son W. W. Johnson of Almena.
Just as the sun was rising in the east his spirit
took its flight to that eternal day where the sun
never sets.
    The funeral service was conducted Sunday
afternoon at the home of his son, conducted by
Rev. F. D. Funk pastor of the M. E. church of
that city.  Monday his remains were brought to
Oberlin where midst sorrowed hearts of wife,
children and grandchildren, it was tenderly and
peacefully laid to rest to await the call on
resurrection morn when he will be rewarded for
the faithful Christian life he lived.
    The service was in charge of the G. A. R.
post of this place, deceased being a member of
the camp at Ashland Nebr.
    We attended the burial exercises and was
impressed by the peaceful look that was on his
face as he lay in death.  His was a kind and
loving spirit.  The Editor and the deceased had
been warm personal friends for many years.  We
ever found him a genial and pleasant companion, a
conscientious and honorable citizen.  A man those
who worked for the uplift of humanity and the
betterment of the great common people.  He will
be greatly missed in the community in which he
resided, but his influence will long be felt for
he was an honest and exemplary citizen.  Our hope
and prayer is that in that unknown country
whither he has gone will find those happy
conditions and environments in which eh believed
and may enjoy that complete and joyous rest that
comes alone to those who have lived uprightly and
received that welcome promised the true and the

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