Clement Alvin Johnson | 1863-1947
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), Monday, Aug. 19, 1947:
C. A. Johnson
Clement Johnson, 84, of 890 E. High Ave., New Philadelphia, died at his home Saturday at 6:45 p.m. of complications. He had been ill since last February.
Mr. Johnson, who lived most of his life in New Philadelphia, was born at Middlebourne, Guernsey County, and was a son of the late Thomas and Nancy Valentine Johnson. He was last employed by the Buchanan Gas and Oil Co.
Surviving are five sons and three daughters: Mrs. Carrie Swank, Mrs. Della Weber, Charles and Dwight Johnson, all of New Philadelphia, Adrian Johnson of the home, Mrs. Helen Stringer of Dover, Delbert of Sadis, Donald of Ecorse, Mich., and Norman of Washington State; 30 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Virginia Touvelle of Barnesville.
Friends may call at the residence where services will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. Rev. Herbert Smith will officiate and burial, in charge of the Linn-Hert Co., will be in East Avenue Cemetery.
It is worth noting that Clement, like his son Charles, was a coal miner. Oddly enough, he died 11 years to the day before his daughter-in-law, Viola Mae (Palmer) Johnson.
What else was happening in the world Aug. 16, 1947? Days earlier, both Pakistan and India had gained independence from the British Empire. Barely a month earlier, the controversial — and disputed — UFO incident took place in Roswell, N.M. A week earlier, the balsa raft Kon-Tiki completed its Pacific journey.