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Charles Douglas "Charlie" Johnson
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Birth: Jan. 2, 1859
Mankato
Blue Earth County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Apr. 25, 1927
Brainerd
Crow Wing County
Minnesota, USA

Arrived in Brainerd on November 9, 1877.

Elected to the Minnesota State Senate on November 8, 1910.
Term of office from January 3, 1911 to January 4, 1915.

Brother-in-law of Newton McFadden; Julia Johnson McFadden Kyle is Charles' sister.

•See Blanche Sleeper Smith.
•See Milton McFadden.
•See Joseph Midgley.
•See Sarah Louise Kingsley Sleeper Boies.
•See Anna Steege Ferris Young.
•See James Meagher.
•See Fred A. Farrar.
•See Emma E. Forsythe.
•See Daniel F. McIntosh.
•See James M. Elder.
•See Nicholi C. Johnson.
•See Louisa Wright Congdon.
•See William A. Fleming.
•See Henry Spalding.
•See Maria A. Spalding.
•See Allen F. Ferris.
•See Caroline Morrison Grandelmeyer.
•See Dr. Christian S. Reimestad.
•See James S. Gardner.
•See Dr. Werner Hemstead.
•See Charles E. Peabody.

      The Five Charlie Club, under the management of Charlie Johnson, Charlie Wadham, Charlie Brinkerhoff, Charlie Pegg, and Charlie White, gave a grand ball at Bly's Hall on Thursday evening. The company was quite recherche, being composed of the elite of the town, and a gay time was enjoyed. (Brainerd Tribune, 25 January 1879, p. 4, c. 1)

      THE FIVE CHARLEY'S RECEPTION AND BALL Thursday evening was one of the most enjoyable affairs, for our young folks, of the season. These young gentlemen spared no trouble or expense to please their guests, and the eminent satisfaction of those in attendance is sure evidence that they know how to do these things. Dancing commenced promptly at 9 o'clock and was kept up until the "wee sma' hours ayant the twal." The music was excellent and everyone in joyous spirits. The five Charleys have carried the day, and are unanimously elected "d—ish good fellows." (Brainerd Tribune, 24 January 1880, p. 4, c.'s 1 & 2

      The first choice of seats for the opening of the new opera house was sold to Charlie Johnson of the firm of McFadden & Johnson, on Monday night. (Brainerd Dispatch, Thursday, 22 November 1883, p. 3, c. 1)

      Charlie Johnson went out to Glendive on Thursday last, and on the return trip had quite an exciting experience. He was in the car with a couple of patients that were being brought to the Sanitarium and when they got near Casselton the train stopped, the rear car being immediately over a bridge which spanned a deep slough. Charlie heard him say "did you get wet!" It is unnecessary to add that hereafter he will hang [on] to the railing until he feels both feet firm on the ground when he alights from a railroad train. (Brainerd Dispatch, 07 May 1886, p. 4, c. 6)

15 January 1892. The well known drug firm of Johnson and Bain has been dissolved, Mr. Bain retiring. The business will be continued at the old stand by Mr. Johnson. (Brainerd Dispatch, 15 January 1892, p. 4, c. 3)

      Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Johnson entertained at progressive euchre on Friday evening last at their residence on Sixth street north. The prizes for progression were awarded to Mrs. F. A. Farrar and Mr. L. J. Cale while Mrs. H. Ribbel and Mr. Benjamin captured the booby prizes. Refreshments were served and a delightful evening enjoyed. (Brainerd Dispatch, 14 April 1899, p. 8, c. 1)

          Important Business Changes.

      ...On the same day [Saturday] Johnson's Pharmacy was sold to C. D. Johnson, who is now in possession. The business will be conducted under the same firm name. Both stores, as well as the McFadden Drug Co.'s store, are among the finest drug stores in the state, and all have been doing a splendid business, which is constantly increasing. (Brainerd Dispatch, 20 April 1900, p. 1, c. 3)

11 August 1915. Col. C. D. Johnson will not go down as an expert in gardening. This morning he was ordered by his household to harvest some new potatoes. He pulled quite a number of plants without finding a single spud, only to be told that he had wreaked destruction on a whole row of innocent tomato plants. (This Was Brainerd, Brainerd Dispatch, 11 August 2015)

      Johnson's Pharmacy. The soul of this popular drug firm is "Colonel" Charles D. Johnson.
      Since he came to Brainerd in 1877 he has been associated in turn with Newton McFadden, Wallace Baine, R. J. Hartley, and Richard M. Johnson, his son and present partner, a pharmacist and business man of genuine ability.
      This firm, The Rexall Store, is well-known for its reliable lines of pure drugs, leading toilet articles, and sundries, and for its progressive business ability and professional experience. (Brainerd's Half Century, Ingolf Dillan, General Printing Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota: 1923; p. 115)

From C. D. Johnson's address given at Brainerd's Fiftieth Birthday Celebration in the summer of 1922:

      "A great battle excites admiration and inspires songs of epic praise. But how much better for the happiness of mankind was the planting of a civilized community in a great wilderness, where justice, law, liberty, and refinement might find a perpetual home. In its splendid consequences, the historical event we this day celebrate is really worth more to the world than scores of great battles, which shine with lurid lights on the pages of history.
      As we regard the men who fifty years ago were potent factors in the building of our city, we find the tomb has closed over many. There was Judge Sleeper, Judge Holland, L. P. White, Tom Bivins, Tom Cantwell, Wm. Ferris, Dr. Rosser, E. H. Bly, Newton McFadden, Judge Conant, G. G. Hartley, Warren Leland, Capt. Spalding, and other memorable men, who now sleep beneath the sod of the valley.
      Upon their graves we here and now scatter the flowers of sweet remembrance.
      But there are still among us those whose lives have been lengthened out to behold this happy day. We have Mr. and Mrs. James Gardner, Mr. and Mrs. Tim Brady, Mr. and Mrs. I. U. White, Mr. and Mrs. Anton Mahlum, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Saunders, Mrs Henry Spalding, Mrs. Sarah Chapman, Mr. Richard Ahrens, Mr. C. B. White, Mr. E. H. Jones, typical old settlers, still full of life and abounding in good cheer.
      Let me not forget to mention the pioneer women that came with undaunted courage to this then uncultured spot. There was Aunt Jennie Bivins, there were Mrs. Sleeper, Mrs. L. P. White, the Mesdames Spaulding [sic] [Ellen], [Maria], Tennis, Jones, Pegg, Chapman, Old Mother Shupe, and other splendid and noble women. There were no hospitals here in those days, no trained nurses, but it was always those pioneer mothers who stood at the bedside of the sick and dying. Yes, they were old-fashioned mothers, not the women of today, with all their society manners, fine dresses, white jeweled hands that never felt the clasp of baby fingers, but they were dear old-fashioned mothers with sweet voices, eyes into whose depths love light shone. And tonight in the midst of all our rejoicing, let us say: Blessed be the memory of those old-fashioned mothers...." (Brainerd's Half Century, Ingolf Dillan, General Printing Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota: 1923; pp. 181-182)

          C. D. JOHNSON RITES
                              ON WEDNESDAY
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      Funeral Conducted Tomorrow After-
                noon From St. Paul's
                   Episcopal Church
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              DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS
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      Mr. Johnson Desired No Flowers or
                  Ostentatious Cere-
                         monies

      Funeral services for Hon. C. D. Johnson will be held from St. Paul's Episcopal church tomorrow.
      The pallbearers selected by the family and conforming as closely as possible to Mr. Johnson's wishers are: Con O'Brien, W. A. M. Johnstone, F. E. Ebner, R. J. Hartley, J. J. Nolan, and H. P. Dunn.
      In referring to those selected by the late Mr. Johnson, of whom four are out-of-town residents, they will be made honorary pallbearers, should they arrive for the services. They include: Dan Gunn, of Grand Rapids; Dr. Werner Hemstead, of St. Cloud, Justin M. Smith, of Bozeman, Mont.; William Spencer, of America, Okla. The funeral will be held, in accordance with the wishes of Mr. Johnson, from St. Paul's Episcopal church at 2 o'clock, and on Wednesday afternoon. The remains will lie in state at the church from 10 o'clock to the hour of the funeral.
      Relatives searching among the effects of Mr. Johnson found a paper dated August, 1903, and giving full details of funeral arrangements, which stated:
      "When I die, it is my wish that the following arrangements be carried out, so far as may be possible at my burial:
      "First, I desire that the funeral be conducted by the order of Knights of Pythias, and I should hope that they turn out in a body, for that was my mother lodge; and I have given 20 years of my life in its behalf.
      "Second, belonging as I do to the orders of A. F. & A. M., B. P. O. E., A. O. U. W., and Fire Department I suggest that they appoint six brothers from their respective lodges to attend the funeral as representative of those orders.
      "Third, I would like to be buried from my home. It may be wished otherwise. If so, have my remains conducted to the church at 10 o'clock a. m., then to lie in state (as it were) till 2 p. m., then go ahead with the service.
      Fourth, I want no flower emblems from any of the orders I belong to, I want no bouquets thrown at me when I'm dead. I love flowers but this flower business at funerals has degenerated into a fad that is disgusting to me. Just have my casket strewn with carnations (loose).
      "Fifth, I want for my pallbearers Justin M. Smith, Dan M. Gunn, J. M. Elder, Con O'Brien, Werner Hemstead, William Spencer. I realize that this may not be practicable, but they would be my choice.
      "Sixth, my family well know my views on the vague, ancient and hideous custom of wearing mourning; let there be none of that, no crepe around the hat, no long black veils or other evidences of outward mourning. If there is to be any sorrow let it be in the silent heart of each individual friend.
      "Seventh, I want on my monument as follows: "Charles D. Johnson, Born at Mankato, Minn., Jan. 2nd, 1859. Died at (blank). While he lived, he lived.'" (Brainerd Daily Dispatch, 26 April 1927, p. 3, c.'s 3-5)

            FUNERAL RITES
                              FOR C. D. JOHNSON
                                 _____

      Rev. Donald Smith, Little Falls, Offi-
            ciating at St. Paul's Episcopal
                        Church Services
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                 MANY FRIENDS PRESENT
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      Last Rites at Grave Under Auspices
                  of Knights of Pythias
                               Lodge


      Funeral services for C. D. Johnson, one of Brainerd's most esteemed citizens, who passed away Monday morning, were held yesterday at - o'clock from St. Paul's Episcopal church of which he was a member. The remains lay in state at the church from 10 a. m. to the hour of the funeral. Rev. Donald Smith of the Episcopal church of Little Falls officiated in the absence of Rev. Robert J. Long, rector of St. Paul's, who is out of town. Interment was made in Evergreen cemetery.
      In accordance with the wish of Mr. Johnson expressed in a statement found among his effects shortly after his demise last rites were conducted under the direction of the Knights of Pythias. The service was simple and as he had requested few flowers were in evidence. A few flowers were strewn on the altar and a single red carnation was on the casket during the church service.
      At the close of rites at St. Paul's church local Elks, who attended in a body, marched past the remains, each member dropping a single red carnation on the casket as he passed.
      Final rites at the cemetery were given by the Knights of Pythias, who attended in a body, each Knight dropping a white carnation on the remains in final tribute. Edward Crust, Sr., chaplain of the order, gave a short eulogy honoring the memory of the deceased, and the earthly remains of Brainerd's grand old man were laid to rest.
      The large number of friends, relatives and acquaintances present at the funeral attested to the high esteem in which Mr. Johnson was held. Druggists with whom he had been associated attended from widely scattered sections of the state. Besides the near relatives a large number of friends attended the services, including James Kirkwood, Duluth, S. Rhodes, Duluth, A. S. Rasmussen, of Pequot, M. J. Riley [sic] of Detroit Lakes and John Anderson, of Wadena. George Weaver and son, Theodore, relatives of the late Mrs. Johnson were also in attendance. (Brainerd Daily Dispatch, 28 April 1927, p. 7, c. 3) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Parsons King Johnson (1816 - 1907)
  Laura Bivins Johnson (1823 - 1895)
 
 Spouse:
  Minnie Weaver Johnson (1865 - 1926)*
 
 Children:
  Richard Mentor Johnson (1892 - 1939)*
 
 Siblings:
  Julia King Johnson Kyle (1857 - 1927)*
  Charles Douglas Johnson (1859 - 1927)
  Frank Bivins Johnson (1862 - 1902)*
  William H. Johnson (1868 - 1920)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
WHEN HE LIVED HE LIVED
 
Burial:
Evergreen Cemetery
Brainerd
Crow Wing County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: Block 11, Lot 72, NWC
 
Created by: A. Nelson
Record added: Aug 09, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 74671342
Charles Douglas Charlie Johnson
Added by: A. Nelson
 
Charles Douglas Charlie Johnson
Added by: A. Nelson
 
Charles Douglas Charlie Johnson
Added by: A. Nelson
 
 
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It was a privilege to read his biography and to learn about him. A fascinating glimpse into the history of the area and the people who built the foundation for it.
- Robert Fowler
 Added: Aug. 17, 2013

-Anonymous
 Added: Aug. 9, 2011
 
 
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