Charles Arthur Johnson | 1886-1962
This blog series explores the lives of Johnson ancestors as revealed in their obituaries. Much of this information was gathered during a March 2011 research trip to Tuscarawas and Harrison counties in Ohio. A scan of the obituary is available at the bottom of this post.
From the Times-Reporter (Dover/New Philadelphia), Friday, Sept. 14, 1962 :
Charles A. Johnson, 75, a retired coal miner and steelworker, died of cancer last night in his home at 448 Kelly St. NW, New Philadelphia. He had been ill a year.
A son of the late Clement and Anna Burkey Johnson, he was born in New Philadelphia and was a life resident. His first wife, Leona Miller, died shortly after the couple was married. His second wife, Viola Mae Palmer, whom he married in 1911, died in 1958.
Affiliation: member of First Methodist Church and United Mine Workers of America, having served Local 8607 as president.
Survivors: 3 daughters, Mrs. Ernest Knisely of Ravenna, Mrs. DeLoyce Fitzgerald of Uhrichsville and Mrs. Don Foutz of Dover; 4 sons, William and Lloyd of New Philadelphia, Thomas of Phoenix, Ariz., and Floyd of Cleveland; 25 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Mrs. Carrie Swank and Mrs. Ralph Weber of New Philadelphia; and a brother, Donald, of Wyandotte, Mich.
Three sons, five brothers and a sister also preceded him in death.
Services: in Linn-Hert Co. funeral home Sunday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Calvin Myers officiating. Interment in Evergreen Burial Park. Friends call at the funeral home Saturday from 3 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friends are asked to make a donation to the Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.
What else was happening in the world Thursday, Sept. 13, 1962? The United States was heading toward a showdown with Cuba, with President John F. Kennedy vowing “to move swiftly… when necessary to defend (the country’s) security.” Earlier that month, the Beatles replaced drummer Pete Best with Ringo Starr, Margaret Smith Court and Rod Laver were U.S. Open tennis champions and the U.S. and USSR conducted dueling nuclear tests throughout the world.