John Johnson

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JOHN JOHNSON, third of the chil­dren of Swan and Kjer­stin John­son, was born at Wiby, Swe­den, on Octo­ber 6, 1860. He fol­lowed his par­ents on their var­i­ous jour­neys — to Chicago in 1868, to Bement, Illi­nois in 1870, and to Genoa, Nebraska in 1878, liv­ing on the farm home one and one-half miles west of Genoa until after his father’s death when he, his mother and younger unmar­ried chil­dren moved to Genoa.

Quite early in life, when about six­teen, he was afflicted with rheuma­tism. This con­di­tion finally became chronic and he was con­fined to the use of a wheel­chair for the rest of his life.

He had a very cheer­ful dis­po­si­tion, a very keen mind and a large stock of humor. He always seemed the cen­ter of the fam­ily, and every­body brought their prob­lems to him. He kept up the cor­re­spon­dence for the fam­ily, kept the books and accounts for his two broth­ers in the gen­eral store there, and also for many years kept books for a lum­ber yard in Genoa.

He drove a horse and buggy around town for many years, and as he was a great friend of all chil­dren, he gen­er­ally had a load of them with him.

His mother cared for him faith­fully and lov­ingly for forty-seven years until he passed away on Sep­tem­ber 22, 1925. He had a gall blad­der oper­a­tion at Columbus.

John was a devout Chris­t­ian, a faith­ful mem­ber of the Methodist Church, always attend­ing their ser­vices as long as it was pos­si­ble for him to do so. He was missed more than most of us will be. Some­one always pushed his wheel­chair to church and wher­ever he wanted to go. He is buried in the Val­ley View Ceme­tery at Genoa, Nebraska.

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