(Posted courtesy of the Table Rock Historical Society.)
Table Rock Argus, Feb.26, 1953.
M. B. JOHNSON, 84, DIES SATURDAY AT PAWNEE HOSPITAL; BURIED TODAY.
One of Table Rock's oldest citizens was laid to rest this afternoon, as a large crowd of relatives and friends paid their last respects at the funeral of M. B. Johnson. Mr. Johnson died Saturday afternoon at the Pawnee County Hospital.
"M.B.", as he was known by all his friends in this community, had recently been admitted to the hospital following a heart attack. He passed away Saturday at the age of almost 85 years.
Funeral services were held in the Kovanda-Beethe Chapel in Table Rock, with Rev. B. F. Parnell conducting the final rites. Interment was made in the Table Rock cemetery.
Mr. Johnson was in a number of businesses in Table Rock during his 43 years residence here. At one time he operated a theater, a feed mill, a drayage business and a pump shop Mr. and Mrs. Johnson would have been married 62 years on March 8th.
Pallbearers were Fred Jelinek, Arthur Mertes, Lloyd Jasa, Alvah Aylor, Howard Herrick and Lester Harris.
Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Bonham sang duet numbers accompanied by Mrs. C. W. Covault at the piano.
M. B. Johnson was born April 5, 1868, at Bronson, Michigan, the son of George B. and Mary Straight Johnson, early Nebraska pioneers, and passed away on Saturday, February 21, 1953 at the Memorial Hospital in Pawnee City, Nebraska, having reached the age of 84 years, 10 months and 16 days.
On March 8, 1891, he was united in marriage to Lenora E. Matthews at Shelby, Michigan. They came to Nebraska in 1891 where they resided continuously since then, except for two years spent near Edgerton, Michigan. They moved to Table Rock in 1909 where they lived to the date of his passing.
Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Lenora; five sons, Jay, Leon, Ernest, David and Alonzo, all residents of the states of Washington and Oregon; two daughters, Mrs. Mae Sailors of Lincoln, Nebr., and Mrs. Bernice Oellerich of Omaha, Nebr.
He is survived by two brothers, Frank A. Johnson of Tecumseh and Andrew E. Johnson of Lincoln.
He also leaves three sisters, Mrs. Eva Linn, Mrs. William Burrow, and Mrs. John Pattison, all of Table Rock.
M. B. Johnson was a good man, of clean habits and honest. He will be greatly missed by his loved ones and friends.
TABLE ROCK ARGUS, Aug. 27, 1942.
Bernice Johnson Oellerich, 24, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Johnson, has accepted a position in the army signal corps as post telephone operator at Camp Upton, N.Y., according to a letter received by her father this week. She is the youngest child of the Johnson family to enter the service of Uncle Sam in the present war. Two of Mr. Johnson's sons, Ralph who is stationed in Long Island, and Alonzo at Washington D.C., are in the army now. The Johnsons had three sons in the first World War, Ralph, Ernest and J. B. while M. B. himself served as finger-print expert in the army during the last war. That is a fine record for any family.
Lenora Eva Matthews Johnson
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