|Birth: ||Aug. 22, 1847|
County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
|Death: ||Jun. 19, 1908|
Aledo Democrat, Aledo, Illinois - 23 June 1908
A SUDDEN DEATH
The people of this community were considerably shocked last Friday upon hearing that James F Johnston, a resident of this city, had died suddenly in Monument Park. He had been up town the greater part of the forenoon and as near as can be ascertained, he started for home about 10 o'clock.
His route home taking him through the park, it is supposed he stopped there a short time and sat down on one of the benches near the old county building. About an hour later he was noticed by parties lying on the ground near the bench and upon investigation he was found to be very ill. Dr R C Johnston was called immediately but before he arrived Mr Johnston had died. He was immediately taken to his home in the west part of the city and Coroner Frick of Keithsburg was notified. A jury was soon empaneled consisting of Joseph Boyd, foreman; Herbert Marquis, clerk; Joseph Abercrombie, Dr James A Kleinsmid, Phillip Keooy, and E B David. After the examination of a number of witnesses the jury returned a verdict that "deceased came to his death by taking strychnine with suicidal intent."
Funeral services were held from the residence Sunday morning at 9 o'clock, conducted by Rev T S Pittenger, pastor of the Methodist church, after which the remains were taken to Reynolds where further services were held after which they were interred in the cemetery at that place.
James F Johnston was born in Fermanagh County, Ireland, in 1846, and died in Aledo, Illinois, June 19, 1908. He was one of a family of twelve children, four of whom are still living. July 20, 1875, he was united in marriage to Mary E Wadworth. To them were born seven children, two of whom survive, and with the wife are left in the deepest sorrow, to mourn the loss of a faithful husband and a loving father.
In early life he was confirmed in the Episcopal church. He had never identified himself with the church in Aledo.
Life! I know not what thou art,
But know that thou and I must part;
And when, or how, or where we met
I own to me's a secret yet.
Life,! We've been long together;
Through pleasant and through cloudy weather;
Tis hard to part when friends are dear-
Then steal away, five little warning,
Choose thine own time;
Say not good-night - but in some brighter clime
Bid me good-morning
Joseph B. Johnston (1811 - 1880)
Ann Thompson Johnston (1812 - 1903)
Mary Ellen Wadsworth Johnston (1858 - 1932)*
Rock Island County
Created by: Carol (Schlueter) Long
Record added: Sep 02, 2011
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