On September 20, 1880, Elizabeth, a girl of nineteen years, was united in holy matrimony to Horace Johnson, who was living near Yates Center at the time. During their nine years residence in Kansas three children were born to them -- John, now of Lowell, Ind., Myrtle, of Gary, Ind., and one daughter , who died at birth.
In the year 1880* Elizabeth and Horace Johnson with their children moved to Tacoma, Wash. While in Tacoma, parents and children united with the Baptist church of that city. After four years stay on the Pacific coast the family returned to Lowell, the place of Mrs. Johnson's birth. At Lowell they placed their church letters with the Christian church. Five years ago they transferred their membership to Schneider, Ind., where it remained until now.
Last Spring the family took up residence at Gary, where they [were] living at the time of Mrs. Johnson's death, which took place at 8 a.m., Monday, February 15th.
She leaves to mourn her, her husband, two children, two brothers -- Jay Ault, of Packerton, Ind., and John W. Ault, of Whiting, Ind., two sisters -- Mrs. Thomas Powell, of Lowell, and Mrs. Frank Fields, of Valparaiso, Ind., together with three grand-children, a number of nephews and nieces and a host of relatives and friends.
All who were acquainted with Mrs. Johnson knew her to be an earnest advocate of right principles. With unfaltering zeal and all earnestness of a devoted mother she labored to permeate in her children the principles of truth and honesty. She never seemed to feel any sacrifice was too great to make for those whom she loved. She was a faithful wife, a loving mother, a kind and sympathizing friend and neighbor.
Funeral services which were attended by a number of sorrowing relatives and friends were held at the home in Gary, and interment was made in the Hebron cemetery.
* NOTE -- Mr. and Mrs. Johnson were married in the year 1880, yet the next paragraph in this article states that they moved to Tacoma, Washington, with their children in 1880. The 1880 date for this move is obviously a typographical error -- since they lived in Kansas for nine years, their move to Washington probably took place in 1889 or 1890.
Go to Mrs. Horace M. Johnson, "Pioneer History Index," for further information.
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