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 Noel L Johnson

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Noel L Johnson

Birth
Death
10 Apr 1931 (aged 66)
Burial
Hope, Eddy County, New Mexico, USA
Memorial ID
16657426 View Source

Noel I. Johnson was born in Palo Pinto, Texas on November 22, 1864. He came to New Mexico with his parents, Wiley and Helen Wright Johnson in 1867 on an ox wagon behind a herd of cattle. He lived as a small child in Las Vegas, New Mexico on the old Red River Station near Raton and later the Huerfano River in the Butte Valley near Walsenburg, Colorado. He saw the first Santa Fe train that came west to the Pueblo, Colorado area. In 1877 he returned with his family to San Augustine, Texas. In 1880 they returned to New Mexico and settled the Las Vegas area. While a young man Noel started working for the large cattle companies. He worked for the Cimmaron Cattle Company of Tucumcari, New Mexico; Palo Blanco Cattle Company near Springer, New Mexico; the Muscatine Cattle Company in No Man's Land in Oklahoma and worked on ranches at Watrous, Wagon Mound, and Roswell, New Mexico. He worked for the Hansford Cattle Company of Carlsbad, New Mexico, and for the Stephens and Upsur Cattle Company at Socorro, New Mexico. He rode the long cattle drives and worked all over the western part of North and South Dakota in the Black Hills, Little Missouri, Yellowstone, Cheyenne, Belle Fourche and, for more than five years, was with the Berry Boyce Cattle Company on the line of Montana and the Dakotas.
About 1901, Mr. Johnson quit working for the cattle companies and went to Hope, New Mexico where he filed on a claim and raised cattle. In 1906, he, his father, Wiley Johnson, and his brothers, Earnest and Lucious, incorporated and they operated a 640-acre farm and opened a department store in Hope, which was known as the Johnson Brothers' Mercantile. There was a perpetual water right granted by President McKinley which was a continuous flow of water out of the Penasco River to the farm. They grew a large orchard of fruit trees and raised alfalfa and grain. The fruit was shipped via rail out of Artesia, N. M. to the eastern markets.
In 1903 Mr. Johnson married Nora Lee Coleman. Mrs. Coleman was born in Uvalde County, Texas in 1884 and moved to New Mexico from Del Rio, Texas with her widowed mother, one sister and four brother. After arrival in New Mexico, Mrs. Coleman filed a claim on which she built a home.
Noel and Nora Lee Johnson had six children: Katherine (Attebery) born in 1904, Hazel Belle (Dunne) born in 1906, Wallace born in 1908, Frances born in 1911, Marjorie (Cooney) born in 1913 and Maxwell born in 1915.
In 1919 when the flow of water in the Penasco River began to decrease, Mr. Johnson started an insurance and real estate business in Hope, New Mexico. He also published the Penasco Valley News and the Hope Booster newspapers. The press on which these newspapers were printed is presently on display in the museum in Artesia, New Mexico. In 1922 he bought the Hope Hotel which Mrs. Johnson operated.
Mr. Johnson was a Mason, and a member of the Hope School Board. He served as the Superintendent of the Methodist Sunday School, was on the Methodist Church Board. He also served as Justice of the Peace.
Noel Johnson died on April 10,1931 and is buried in the Upper Cemetery at Hope, New Mexico. Mrs. Johnson continued to operate the insurance business and hotel until her death on March 13, 1950. She was a member of the Methodist Church and belonged to the Order of the Eastern Star. She is buried in Woodbine Cemetery in Artesia, New Mexico.
-Signed Frances E. Johnson,
Contributor: (47523138) •

Noel I. Johnson was born in Palo Pinto, Texas on November 22, 1864. He came to New Mexico with his parents, Wiley and Helen Wright Johnson in 1867 on an ox wagon behind a herd of cattle. He lived as a small child in Las Vegas, New Mexico on the old Red River Station near Raton and later the Huerfano River in the Butte Valley near Walsenburg, Colorado. He saw the first Santa Fe train that came west to the Pueblo, Colorado area. In 1877 he returned with his family to San Augustine, Texas. In 1880 they returned to New Mexico and settled the Las Vegas area. While a young man Noel started working for the large cattle companies. He worked for the Cimmaron Cattle Company of Tucumcari, New Mexico; Palo Blanco Cattle Company near Springer, New Mexico; the Muscatine Cattle Company in No Man's Land in Oklahoma and worked on ranches at Watrous, Wagon Mound, and Roswell, New Mexico. He worked for the Hansford Cattle Company of Carlsbad, New Mexico, and for the Stephens and Upsur Cattle Company at Socorro, New Mexico. He rode the long cattle drives and worked all over the western part of North and South Dakota in the Black Hills, Little Missouri, Yellowstone, Cheyenne, Belle Fourche and, for more than five years, was with the Berry Boyce Cattle Company on the line of Montana and the Dakotas.
About 1901, Mr. Johnson quit working for the cattle companies and went to Hope, New Mexico where he filed on a claim and raised cattle. In 1906, he, his father, Wiley Johnson, and his brothers, Earnest and Lucious, incorporated and they operated a 640-acre farm and opened a department store in Hope, which was known as the Johnson Brothers' Mercantile. There was a perpetual water right granted by President McKinley which was a continuous flow of water out of the Penasco River to the farm. They grew a large orchard of fruit trees and raised alfalfa and grain. The fruit was shipped via rail out of Artesia, N. M. to the eastern markets.
In 1903 Mr. Johnson married Nora Lee Coleman. Mrs. Coleman was born in Uvalde County, Texas in 1884 and moved to New Mexico from Del Rio, Texas with her widowed mother, one sister and four brother. After arrival in New Mexico, Mrs. Coleman filed a claim on which she built a home.
Noel and Nora Lee Johnson had six children: Katherine (Attebery) born in 1904, Hazel Belle (Dunne) born in 1906, Wallace born in 1908, Frances born in 1911, Marjorie (Cooney) born in 1913 and Maxwell born in 1915.
In 1919 when the flow of water in the Penasco River began to decrease, Mr. Johnson started an insurance and real estate business in Hope, New Mexico. He also published the Penasco Valley News and the Hope Booster newspapers. The press on which these newspapers were printed is presently on display in the museum in Artesia, New Mexico. In 1922 he bought the Hope Hotel which Mrs. Johnson operated.
Mr. Johnson was a Mason, and a member of the Hope School Board. He served as the Superintendent of the Methodist Sunday School, was on the Methodist Church Board. He also served as Justice of the Peace.
Noel Johnson died on April 10,1931 and is buried in the Upper Cemetery at Hope, New Mexico. Mrs. Johnson continued to operate the insurance business and hotel until her death on March 13, 1950. She was a member of the Methodist Church and belonged to the Order of the Eastern Star. She is buried in Woodbine Cemetery in Artesia, New Mexico.
-Signed Frances E. Johnson,
Contributor: (47523138) •


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