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Ellen Johnson

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ELLEN JOHNSON, ninth of the chil­dren born to Swan and Kjerstin Johnson, was born at Bement, Illinois, on July 16, l874. At the age of four years the fam­ily moved to Nebraska, mak­ing their per­ma­nent home on a large farm one and one-half miles west of Genoa, Nebraska.

She attended school at Genoa, grad­u­at­ing there from the High School, taught school one year, then took a posi­tion in the Johnson Brothers General Store at Genoa, Nebraska.

On October 30, 1900, she united in mar­riage with John E. Young, of Genoa, Nebraska, a splen­did young man, a suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man, a promi­nent cit­i­zen, loved and respected by all.

Two chil­dren were born to them, both dying in infancy.

In 1903 they took into their home Gladys Marie Johnson, four-year-old Daughter of her sis­ter Ida and J. W. Johnson of Arlington, Nebraska (Ida hav­ing passed away at that time). They raised Gladys and edu­cated her, send­ing her to Iowa State College at Ames, Iowa, after her grad­u­a­tion from High School at Genoa, Nebraska. She grad­u­ated in Home Economics from Ames, Iowa, taught school five years, then joined in mar­riage with Albert M. Hinman, of Newman Grove, Nebraska.

When Gladys was eigh­teen years old the Youngs adopted Fred, son of Ralph Harris and Bethene Harris, nee Johnson, and grand­son of Mr. and Mrs. Nels Johnson (Bethene Harris, had just passed away). Fred is now a soph­more at Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Nebraska.

John E. Young passed away December 18, 1932, and was laid to rest in the ceme­tery at Genoa, Nebraska.

Ellen resides in Genoa, Nebraska.

In the fall of 1936 Ellen left Nebraska to make her home in the west. She went to Eugene, Oregon, where she lived about two years. Later she went to Los Angeles where she met Robert Follis and they were mar­ried about 1941. He was a car­pen­ter and a soloist singing in the Evangelical Church at Inglewood Park which he had built as well as his home and much of his furniture.

Robert Follis passed away about 1951 while sit­ting on the dav­en­port, evi­dently from a heart attack. Ellen passed away in January 1953, in Westview Sanitarium, Los Angeles. They were buried side by side.

 
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