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Henry Johnson
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Birth: Jan. 26, 1890
Death: Feb. 19, 1940

Henry Johnson is Paralysis Victim. Prominent Business Man Stricken Saturday Night, Death Comes Monday.

Remsen again mourns the death of one of her prominent citizens and a large family is bowed in grief over the early and sudden passing of Henry Johnson, oil station proprietor and a resident here almost continuously since birth, who passed away Monday evening in the Sacred Heart hospital, Le Mars, following a paralytic stroke. Mr. Johnson was 50 years old. Surviving are his widow, a sister and five brothers. Funeral services were held this (Thursday) afternoon.

While at work Saturday night at 10 o'clock in the oil and refreshment establishment operated by himself and his brother Enoch, Mr. Johnson suddenly collapse and was assisted to a chair. A physician was summoned and he was conveyed to his home, where his condition was pronounced serious Later there came turn for the better, but Sunday he relapsed and was taken to the hospital. His strength left him gradually and the end was foreseen for several hours Monday although it came as a severe shock to the family and to his many friends throughout this territory. Death came Monday afternoon at 4:20 o'clock.

Henry Johnson, member of a large family and a son of the late Jeorgen and Catherine Johnson, was born on "the old home place" three miles east of Remsen on January 26, 1890. He lived with his parents until he attained the age of 21 years when he came to town to become one of Remsen's prominent business men. His first venture was the establishment of the town's first electric plant, in which he was partner of his older brothers, Harm and George. Three years later, he with his brother Jeorgen, organized the Remsen Tank Line, a wholesale oil and gasoline distribution firm which is still flourishing and in which he was interested until the time of his death. Henry became the company's first tank wagon driver.

On February 3, 1914, he was united in marriage to Emma Margaret Rathmann, member of another pioneer Remsen family , and after continuing in the oil business until 1919 the couple moved to Wentworth, S.D., where they operated a summer resort, spending two years there. Moving to Sioux Falls, S.D., Mr. Johnson went into the restaurant business and continued there nearly three years, after which Mr. and Mrs. Johnson returned to Remsen to continue their residence in their old home surroundings and among their numerous relatives and good friends.

On their return Mr. Johnson purchased the present Highway Service Station in partnership with his younger brother Enoch, and which the two operated successfully ever since, or for 15 years.

Besides his personal business ventures Mr. Johnson was interested in other enterprises and always displayed a keen interest in the welfare of the community. He was a director of the Remsen National Farm Loan Association. An ardent sportsman and a lover of the outdoors, Mr. Johnson was keenly interested in outdoor sports activities. He was one of the organizers and at the time of his death president of the Remsen Gun club and took an active part in this and other sports. In a commercial way he was ever ready to do his bit for the good of his home community and was a staunch member of the Remsen commercial club.

Henry Johnson was a man of business ability and foresight, and through his untiring efforts gained a generous competence while also contributing his share toward the betterment of local conditions generally. He was a likeable man whose personality won him many friends, and his sudden and early death is a source of sincere sorrow among not only his devoted wife and his brothers and sister, but among a vast number of admiring friends as well.

Surviving, besides his widow, are the following brothers and sister: John A. Johnson, Paullina; Harm Johnson and Mrs. Emil Heldt, Wentworth, S.D.; Jeorgen Johnson, Remsen,; George Johnson, Portland, Ore., and Enoch Johnson, Remsen. His mother passed away in 1933; his father in 1935, and a sister, Mrs. Etta Backer and a brother, Alt, passed away in 1936.

Funeral services were held this afternoon in St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran church, and burial was in the Remsen cemetery. – Remsen Bell-Enterprise, February 22, 1940, page 1, column 3 and page 6, columns 2 and 3.

Obituary courtesy of L. Mohning. 
Family links: 
  Jürgen Albers Johnson (1848 - 1935)
  Maria Catharina Luitjens Johnson (1852 - 1933)
  Emma Margaret Rathmann Johnson (1893 - 1983)*
  John A. Johnson (1871 - 1959)*
  Etta Marie Johnson Backer (1873 - 1937)*
  Alt Johnson (1875 - 1937)*
  Jürgen A. Johnson (1879 - 1969)*
  Anna Johnson Heldt (1882 - 1966)*
  Gerd (George) J. Johnson (1884 - 1971)*
  Bernard J. Johnson (1886 - 1888)*
  Henry Johnson (1890 - 1940)
  Enoch A. Johnson (1895 - 1972)*
*Calculated relationship
Remsen Cemetery
Plymouth County
Iowa, USA
Created by: Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Record added: Feb 21, 2008
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Henry Johnson
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Henry Johnson
Added by: Mona
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 Added: Feb. 21, 2008

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