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Ralph C. Johnston
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Birth: Dec. 2, 1899
Kennebec County
Maine, USA
Death: Feb., 1975
Everglades City
Collier County
Florida, USA

Ralph was the son of Charles Clifton Johnston of Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts and Nellie M. Sampson Johnston of Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine. Nellie and Charles were married on 25 December 1894 in Hanson, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Nellie and Charles had two children. Gertrude Evelyn Johnston was born on 04 December 1895; and Ralph Johnston was born on 02 December 1899. Both children were born in Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine.

Ralph never married. Ralph was in love with a young lady whom rejected him at the altar of the church. She was in love with a different man. He never recovered from this lost love.

Ralph's occupation was as a forest ranger in the everglades of Florida before this type of work had a title of Forest Ranger. He was an early pioneer in the Florida everglades.

Ralph lived an adventurous life in the rough terrain of the everglades before it was settled. He told wonderful stories of his exploits. We all listened with rapt attention. He had animal skins to show us, and snake skins. He was a most fascinating person.

Note: 007-05-5471

Memory Eternal

That is what I will remember,
Your bravery and your love
That caring wise and watchful eye
Which now peers at us from above.

I wish I knew you years ago
With your sly smile and charm
Seventy one years of slicked back hair
And a lovely lady of your own.

I knew the man you became
The uncle who I adore
The leader of a family
Who gave us more and more.

There were so many lessons
Most important how to fight
To be proud of who we are
Stand up with all our might.

Through all the important moments
You made sure to be there
When I graduated Magna cum Laude
You went through all you could bear.

The cancer had made a comeback
But you wouldn't let us know
You grinned and bared the pain
But we saw you lose your glow.

Every day I came to see you
Determined to give you strength
Refusing to believe anything could hurt you
At least not to any length.

That last Thursday I walked in the room
My heart dropped and I knew
Your time with us was wearing thin
I knew that I was losing you.

And still the pain didn't matter
You fought to stay with your wife
You promised you'd never leave her
So you strained and clung to life.

The truest gift you gave her
Was to go without her there
You heard us say it was her wish
And you passed the load to bear.

Surrounded in love and admiration
We stayed with you as your guides
And the sun shone on your face
As you began to switch sides.

A year later I still ache to see you
To hear you laugh or see your smile
I'd willingly bear a harder load
Just to talk for a little while.

That is what I'll remember
Your bravery and your love
That caring wise and watchful eye
That now peers at us from above.

By: Alexis F. Douros
Family links: 
  Charles Clifton Johnston (1871 - 1931)
  Nellie Mary Sampson Johnston (1871 - ____)
  Gertrude Evelyn Johnston Davis (1895 - 1979)*
  Ralph C. Johnston (1899 - 1975)
*Calculated relationship
Seaview Cemetery
Knox County
Maine, USA
Plot: Section: Jameson; Avenue: 17 Lot: 47 Grave: 04 - Ralph is buried with his parents.
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: sandpipertoo
Record added: May 08, 2012
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Ralph C. Johnston
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Ralph C. Johnston
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Ralph C. Johnston
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 Added: May. 8, 2012

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