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 John William “Jack” Johnson

John William “Jack” Johnson

London, City of London, Greater London, England
Death 13 Aug 1948 (aged 80)
Pond Eddy, Sullivan County, New York, USA
Burial Glen Spey, Sullivan County, New York, USA
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Middletown Times Herald
August 14, 1948, pages 1,2

Dropped Rifle

Jack W Johnson, eighty-one of Pond Eddy, accidently shot himself to death yesterday noon. Sullivan County troopers said the fatal shooting of the elderly Mr. Johnson apparently occured when he dropped his rifle while attempting to open a lock on a barn door after returning from a woodchuck hunting expedition.

The wife of the dead man, Mrs. Ida Johnson, found the body shortly after noon when she went to the barn and found him lying in a pool of blood from a severed artery.

The troopers said that Mr. Johnson had been hunting woodchucks during the morning and that evidence at the scene of the shooting indicated that his rifle had dropped from his hand while he was opening a barn padlock and was discharged when it's butt struck the concrete doorsill.

The rifle was lying alongside the body, it's safety still on, but with one cartridge discharged. the bullet had entered his right side under the arm and severed an artery.

The Shooting victim was born in London, England, September eighteenth, 1867, a son of Albert and Johanna Schnell Johnson. He came to this country as an infant and for fifty-eight years was employed by the Erie Railroad. Fifty-seven years of this time he was telegraph, freight, and ticket agent at the Pond Eddy Erie Station. He retired in 1938.

He was a member of the Erie Veterans Association. His hobby was the study of geology and he was considered an authority of the geological formations in Pike County, Pa., and Sullivan County.

September seventh, 1892 he was married to Ida DeWitt who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Philip L. Hobbs of Port Jervis, a son, William of Cochecton; two brothers, one of Wibaux, Montana and one from Jersey City, N.J.; four sisters, three of Jersey City, N.J. and one who lives at Spruce Home, Can., three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday at two p.m. at the Terwilliger & Woolsey Funeral Chapel in Port Jervis. Interment will be at the Glen Spey Cemetery which he helped to establish.

Albert Johnson
Johanna Schnell Johnson

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