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Robert William Johnson

Male 1877 - 1923


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  • Name  Robert William Johnson  [1, 2
    Born  15 Jul 1877  near Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender  Male 
    Alt. Birth  15 Jul 1877  Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 5
    Alt. Spelling/AKA  1880  [1
    • Robert's name was spelled "Robbert" with two "b's" in the 1880 federal census. All other records spell his name "Robert" with only one "b."
    Alt. Birth 
    • The 1885 Iowa state census stated Robert was born in Henry County, Iowa. The 1895 state census listed his birth as Des Moines County, Iowa. The family was living in Morning Sun Township according to the 1880 federal census; perhaps they were moving around at this juncture.
    Census  1880  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Robbert Johnston (sic), white, male, age 2, son, born in Iowa, father born in Sweden, mother born in Iowa
    Iowa State Census  1885  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Robert Johnson, Address Division Street; age 7, male, born in Henry County, Iowa, father's nativity: foreign, mother's nativity: native
    High School  1895  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Morning Sun High School 
    Iowa State Census  1895  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Robert W. Johnson, age 17, male, single, born Des Moines County, Iowa
    Census  1900  Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Single, rooming with the family of Walker and Eliza Hough. Apparently there were a number of students (probably Iowa Wesleyan College) rooming with that family:) Line number 31: 203 East Broad, dwelling number: 33, family number: 34: Robert W. Johnson, roomer, white, male, born in July 1877, age 22, single, born in Iowa, father born in Sweden, mother born in Iowa, occupation at school, attended school 9 months during the previous year, could read, could write, could speak English
    Education  1902  Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Iowa Wesleyan College 
    Iowa State Census  1905  Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • (Listed with his wife, Louise H. Johnson: Robert W. Johnson, Card Number: 107; Post Office Address: 530 West Fourth Street (Ottumwa): Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa; Roll: IA_112
    Census  1910  Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • (Married to Louise H., living with her and son, Robert H. Johnson:) Line number 65: 530 West A Street, dwelling number: 123, family number: 135: Robert W. Johnson, head of household, male, white, age 32, married (once), years of present marriage 6, birthplace Iowa, father's birthplace Sweden (spoke Swedish), mother's birthplace Iowa, could speak English, occupation salesman, nature of industry Ben Legders?, wage earner, not out of work April 15, 1910, number of weeks out of work in 1909: 0, could read, could write, owned home, free of mortgage, a house (not a farm)
    World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918  Between 1917 and 1918  Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Serial Number: 282, No.: ?, Robert William Johnson; Age: 41; Address: 510 Braddock Avenue; Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; Date of birth: July 15, 1877; native born; Present trade: con?s?tory engineer; By whom employed: Roberts Sebraede? Company; Where employed: 2064 McCormick Building;, Chicago Illinois; Nearest relative: Louise H. Johnson; Nearest relative's address: 515 Braddord Avenue, Pittsburg; Race: white (the right hand or back side of the card is not filled out properly.)
    Residence  Dec 1918  Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Census  1920  Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • (Married to Louise, living with her and son, Robert H. "Johnston" (the surname was misspelled on the census image)): Line number 47: 585 Braddock Avenue, dwelling number: 138, family number: 173: Robert W. Johnston (sic), head of household, rented home, male, white, age 42, married, could read, could write, born in Iowa, father's birthplace Sweden, father's mother tongue Swedish, mother's birthplace Iowa, could speak English, occupation Government Engineer, nature of industry construction company, wage earner
    Died  28 May 1923  Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 12, 13, 14
    Obituary  7 Jun 1923  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    The Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • TRIBUTE TO ROBT. W. JOHNSON
      Ottumwa Courier

      "Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father," Matthew 13:43.

      Robert W. Johnson was born near Burlington, July 15, 1877. He received a common school education at Morning Sun, and then attended Iowa Wesleyan college, from which he was graduated in 1902.

      After spending one year in field work he came to Ottumwa and entered business in the Ottumwa Box Car Loader company.

      He was married October 7, 1903, to Miss Louise Hinsey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Hinsey. To them one child was born, Robert Hinsey Johnson, now in his fourteenth year.

      Mr. Johnson remained in business in Ottumwa for ten years. Soon thereafter he went to the Robert & Schafer company of Chicago, contracting engineers, with which firm he remained until the time of his death.

      In 1917 the family moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a center more convenient to his territory.

      In the fall of 1920 his health began to fail and he continued with fluctuations of his condition until a little over a year ago, from which time he was confined to his home until death called him, Monday morning, May 28, at 9:15 o'clock.

      Funeral services were held at Pittsburgh, Tuesday afternoon, May 29, and the family then entrained for Ottumwa.

      He is survived by the widow and one son, Robert Hinsey Johnson, and also, by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Johnson of Morning Sun, and by six brothers and sisters.

      In early life he united with the Methodist Episcopal church and was a consistent, faithful, active, devoted member until his death and he is now a member of the church triumphant, which is without fault before the throne of God.

      While living in Ottumwa he was a member of the First Methodist Episcopal church of this city and the memory of his manly, exemplary and radiant life is fresh in the minds of the members of this church.

      Mr. Johnson was a man of Christian character. Very remarkable are the tributes to his noble living on the part of neighbors and friends and those who were associated with him in business, social and church activities. All his business associates were his personal friends, as well as his associates in other activities. He possessed that genuineness of character which bears close scrutiny and those who admired him most were those who knew him best.

      His character was moulded by the hand of the Master. In early life he became a disciple of Jesus and in the light and by the power of the Divine Personality his character developed in righteousness and strength and kindly service. He testified to the kingship of Jesus Christ over his life by walking in the beauty of holiness, by the humble confession of his lips, by his allegiance to the church of Christ and by his diligence and devotion in Christian service. He was faithful in all the relationships of life. He was a true Christian.

      Always and everywhere Jesus insists that character is indispensable to discipleship. In the beatitudes he has presented a portrait of Christian character, and He declares that His kingdom shall be extended in the earth by the lives of His disciples. He says to His disciples, "Ye are the salt of the earth." "Ye are the light of the world." Our own American republic will be saved and the principles of the gospel will be made regnant in the earth by the confession and faith and sacrificial service of Christ's true disciples. It is utterly impossible for us to measure the beneficent results of such a life as that of Robert W. Johnson. "Write, from henceforth blessed are the dead who die in Lord; Even so, saith the Spirit, for they rest from their labors and their works do follow them." Such a life, when overtaken by death, is not lost He is not dead. He lives with God. He lives in night. He Lives eternally. He lives as a member of the great family of which God is the Father. "The world passeth away and the host thereof; but he that doeth the will of God shall abide forever."

      The memory of his life is of inexpressible comfort and inspiration to the loved ones. The parents and those who knew him as brother in the old boyhood home will not think of him as dead but as eternally at home "in the house of many mansions."

      By his faith, his prayer, his counsel and his example he has left -to his young son a holy pride and joy and an inspiration to follow his father as his father followed the Master.

      Emulating his confidence in God and his submission to the Divine will the devoted wife finds peace and the blessing of a tender remembrance which will grow ever more precious, and a willingness to await the Father's hour to reveal to the trusting heart the wisdom and the beneficent results of the experiences which now seem so hard and so mysterious. -- Contributed
    Person ID  I5394  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    Father  Alfred Gustav Johnson,   b. 5 Apr 1848, near Stockholm, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Mar 1932, West Branch, Cedar County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Josephine Lett,   b. 25 May 1855, near Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 May 1929, at her home in Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  8 Apr 1873  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12, 13, 15
    Moved  1879  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Burlington 
    Residence  Feb 1913  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Residence  Mar 1915  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Residence  May 1923  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Anniversary Announcement  9 Apr 1928  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    The Davenport Democrat and Leader 
    • Pioneers of Morning Sun Wed 55 Years
      Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Johnson Observing Anniversary at Reception.

      Morning Sun, Iowa, April 9th. -- The 55th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred G. Johnston (sic) was observed yesterday and their children gathered at the home of the daughter, Mrs. Bud Jackson for the event. The home was decorated with gold and white crepe paper and a three course dinner was served at noon.

      A large white cake, with gold lettering "55th Anniversary," the centerpiece at the table, was sent from Pittsburgh by a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Louise Johnston.

      In the evening Mr. Johnston's 80th birthday anniversary, which occurred April 5, was celebrated and Mrs. Jackson presented her father with a birthday cake on which were 80 candles.

      Alfred Johnston and Miss Josephine Lett were married in Burlington, April 8, 1873, and have resided in Morning Sun since. To them 11 children were born five of whom have passed away. Those living are Alvin J., West Liberty; Mrs. Nettie Eden, Lone Tree; Fred M., Davenport, Carl O., Iowa City; Mrs. Lena Jackson and Miss Edna of Morning Sun. They have five grand children. Mrs. Louise Brookhart, Davenport, Robert Hines, Lone Tree, Ruth Johnston, Grinnell (?), Hinsey Johnston, Pittsburgh, and Alfred William Jackson, Morning Sun, and one great grand child, Harold Richard Brookhart, Davenport.
    Pioneers of Morning Sun Wed 55 Years
    Pioneers of Morning Sun Wed 55 Years
    The 55th wedding anniversary announcement of Alfred Gustav and Josephine (Lett) Johnson. They were married April 8, 1873, in Burlington, Iowa.
    Family ID  F539  Group Sheet

    Family  Louise Hayes "Louie" Hinsey,   b. Dec 1876, Wapello County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  7 Oct 1903  Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 9, 18
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Groom's Name: Robert William Johnson; Groom's Birth Date: 1877; Groom's Birthplace: Des Moines County, Iowa; Groom's Age: 26; Bride's Name: Louise Hayes Hinsey; Bride's Birth Date: 1877; Bride's Birthplace: Wapello County, Iowa; Bride's Age: 26; Marriage Date: 7 October 1903; Marriage Place: Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa; Groom's Father's Name: Alfred G. Johnson; Groom's Mother's Name: Josephine Lett; Bride's Father's Name: Joseph C. Hinsey; Bride's Mother's Name: Louisa F. Lentner; Groom's Race: White; Groom's Marital Status: Single; Bride's Race: White; Bride's Marital Status: Single; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M02537-7; System Origin: Iowa-EASy; Source Film Number: 979665; Reference Number: Vol 16 pg 349; Collection: Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992
    Children 
     1. Robert Hinsey Johnson,   b. 11 Feb 1910, Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F11743  Group Sheet

  • Obituaries, Deaths, Funerals
    Tribute to Robert W. Johnson
    Tribute to Robert W. Johnson
    The obituary and biography of Robert William Johnson, originally published in the Ottumwa Courrier and reprinted in The Morning Sun News-Herald. Robert was the son of Alfred Gustav and Josephine (Lett) Johnson. He was born near Burlington, Iowa, grew up in Morning Sun, Iowa, and later lived in Ottumwa, Iowa, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Robert attended Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. He was born July 15, 1877, and married Louise H. Hinsey October 7, 1903, in Ottumwa, died May 28, 1923, in Pittsburgh. He and Louise were the parents of one son, Robert Hinsey Johnson.

  • Sources 
    1. [S628] 1880 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; Page 8, Supervisor's District 1, Enumeration District 127, Sheet 473D; Enumerated on June 7, 1880

    2. [S337] World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (ancestry.com and Family Search) (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S601] Johnson, Robert William - Obituary and Tribute, (originally published in the The Morning Sun News-Herald, page 4, June 7, 1923; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S54] 1900 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Mt. Pleasant City, Center Township, Henry County, Iowa; enumeration district: 30, supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 21A, page number: 42; enumeration date: June 2, 1900

    5. [S929] 1885 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa, page 8 320; Roll: IA1885_222

    6. [S8123] Louisa's History - Volume 10 Number 1 Morning Sun Graduates, (originally published in Louisa's History by the Louisa County Historical Society, Volume 10, Number 1, January 2008; Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa), page 33 (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S29] 1895 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Louisa County; Morning Sun (City); Sutro Library, San Francisco, California (Microfilm).

    8. [S4157] 1905 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa; Roll: IA_112

    9. [S72] 1910 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      City of Ottumwa, Center Township, Wapello County, Iowa, ward 4 (part of); enumeration district: 142, supervisor's district: 6, sheet number: 6A, page number: 110; enumeration date: April 21, 1910

    10. [S3206] Delzell, Elma Lenora (Johnson) - Obituary, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 3, December 27, 1918; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    11. [S19] 1920 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Pittsburgh city, Ward 14, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; enumeration district: 547; supervisor's district: 24, sheet number: 7A, page number: 139; enumeration date: January 10, 1920

    12. [S603] Johnson, Alfred Gustav - Obituary, (originally published in The Morning Sun News-Herald, front page, March 17, 1932; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    13. [S599] Johnson, Josephine (Lett) - Obituary (Davenport Democrat and Leader), (originally published in The Davenport Democrat and Leader, May 9, 1929; Davenport, Scott County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    14. [S3084] Johnson, Fred Melville - Obituary (The Davenport Democrat and Leader), (originally published in The Davenport Democrat and Leader, September 16, 1928; Davenport, Scott County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    15. [S602] Johnson, Alfred Gustav and Josephine (Lett) - 55th Wedding Anniversary Announcement, (originally published in The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Monday, April 9, 1928, page 11; Davenport, Scott County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    16. [S600] Hynes, William James - Death and Funeral Notice, (originally published in the Morning Sun News-Herald, page 5, February 20, 1913; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    17. [S569] Lett, William A. - Obituary, (originally published in The Keithsburg News, March 8, 1915; Keithsburg, Mercer County, Illinois) (Reliability: 4).

    18. [S13] Iowa Marriage Collection, 1809 -1992 (Family Search) (Reliability: 3).