Provided by Dan Graves, Historian, Mt Hope Library
Transcribed from Mt Hope Clarion, Nov 27, 1908
Submitted to Sedgwick County KSGenWeb by Jan LaMotte, 13 July 2000
Henry Johnson was born at Burr Oak, Michigan, April 9, 1849. He spent his life at that place until the age of sixteen when he enlisted in the Union Army in 1865, serving one year and was honorably discharged, utterly broken in health. A sea voyage to California was recommended by his physician. His health improved and he remained there until 1869 when he returned to Michigan to spend the winter with his mother.
He came to Kansas in the spring of 1870 and was united in marriage to Kate E. Watson, March 12, 1877. Six children were given them; two girls and four sons. The girls died in childhood, but the four boys and wife are left to mourn his loss. He settled on a farm one mile east of Andale in the fall of 1870, before the land was surveyed, and was one of the oldest settlers in Sedgwick county. He lived there until about nine months ago, when he sold out and bought north of the river in order to get more land. He had been in poor health for ten years and died of Pneumonia, November 20, 1908.
Mr. Johnson has lived an honorable up-right life and was a kind and indulgent husband and father. When his health permitted he attended church regularly and the funeral services were held from the Christian church, Sunday, Nov. 22, conducted by M. J. Duncan of Burrton. The remains were interred in the Mt. Hope cemetery.
The following friends and relatives from a distance attended the funeral: Mrs. John Beckwith, Mr. And Mrs. D. M. Dale and Miss Ada Pratt, of Wichita; Mr. and Mrs. Will Dale, of Clearwater; Mrs. C. S. Watson and Mr. Frank Watson of Pond Creek, Okla; Mr. And Mrs. R. D. Watson, of Enid, Oklahoma; Mr. Cliff Johnson, of Goddard; and Mr. Frank Johnson, of Oatville.