Chris Johnson obituary
Born, Dec. 19, 1856.
Died, Oct. 5, 1922.
One could sum up the life of our departed citizen and friend in this manner: He was a good soldier, for not all the brave and courageous fighters are in the trenches, or even on the battle field and there are brave struggles of heroism unnoticed by the world. He met his last clear call as a soldier while performing his duties as a humble, public official and there is left for his neighbors, friends and loved ones, a noble example of fidelity to his duty, which will far outlast the passing of his earthly form. "It is not all of death to die, nor all of life to live." Many things outlast death as we know it. In the life of the deceased, we shall always remember him as a dutiful citizen, a good brother and a true husband. Shall we who knew him, whose life ended so tragically and so suddenly, strive to be more loyal citizens, better friends, neighbors and pals, and may the unclouded memory of one, who so lately was among us, linger on into days, months and years until we too shall answer the last great call and our earthly time shall be no more.
Chris Johnson was born in Sogendal, Norway, Dec. 19, 1856. At the age of 22, he came to America, settling with his parents at Mona, Ia., In 1882 he married Carrie Larson and then located at St. Ansgar, Ia. After eighteen years of service for the Illinois Central railroad company, he purchased a farm four miles west of Lyle which he operated only a short time and became a rural mail carrier which position he resigned after nine years of faithful service. Two years ago he was appointed city marshal and it was while on duty in this capacity he met his tragic death, Thursday, October 5th.
Mr. Johnson was a member of the Lyle Lutheran church, Masonic Lodge and M. W. A.
He was the father of ten children, two of whom passed away in early manhood. Those who survive with the mother are, Mrs. T. E. Wilson of Souris, N. D., Julius, George and Orlea of Minneapolis, Martin, Henry, Theodore and Dorwin of Lyle, and seven grandchildren. Three sisters also mourn his departure. They are Mrs. Ella Elverum of Lyle, Mrs. Gertrude Qualley of Dexter, Minn. and Mrs. Jennie Severson of Cushings, Wis.