Ellen Johnson

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ELLEN JOHNSON, ninth of the chil­dren born to Swan and Kjer­stin John­son, was born at Bement, Illi­nois, on July 16, l874. At the age of four years the fam­i­ly moved to Nebras­ka, mak­ing their per­ma­nent home on a large farm one and one-half miles west of Genoa, Nebras­ka.

She attend­ed school at Genoa, grad­u­at­ing there from the High School, taught school one year, then took a posi­tion in the John­son Broth­ers Gen­er­al Store at Genoa, Nebras­ka.

On Octo­ber 30, 1900, she unit­ed in mar­riage with John E. Young, of Genoa, Nebras­ka, a splen­did young man, a suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man, a promi­nent cit­i­zen, loved and respect­ed by all.

Two chil­dren were born to them, both dying in infan­cy.

In 1903 they took into their home Gladys Marie John­son, four-year-old Daugh­ter of her sis­ter Ida and J. W. John­son of Arling­ton, Nebras­ka (Ida hav­ing passed away at that time). They raised Gladys and edu­cat­ed her, send­ing her to Iowa State Col­lege at Ames, Iowa, after her grad­u­a­tion from High School at Genoa, Nebras­ka. She grad­u­at­ed in Home Eco­nom­ics from Ames, Iowa, taught school five years, then joined in mar­riage with Albert M. Hin­man, of New­man Grove, Nebras­ka.

When Gladys was eigh­teen years old the Youngs adopt­ed Fred, son of Ralph Har­ris and Bethene Har­ris, nee John­son, and grand­son of Mr. and Mrs. Nels John­son (Bethene Har­ris, had just passed away). Fred is now a soph­more at Wes­leyan Uni­ver­si­ty, Lin­coln, Nebras­ka.

John E. Young passed away Decem­ber 18, 1932, and was laid to rest in the ceme­tery at Genoa, Nebras­ka.

Ellen resides in Genoa, Nebras­ka.

In the fall of 1936 Ellen left Nebras­ka to make her home in the west. She went to Eugene, Ore­gon, where she lived about two years. Lat­er she went to Los Ange­les where she met Robert Fol­lis and they were mar­ried about 1941. He was a car­pen­ter and a soloist singing in the Evan­gel­i­cal Church at Ingle­wood Park which he had built as well as his home and much of his fur­ni­ture.

Robert Fol­lis passed away about 1951 while sit­ting on the dav­en­port, evi­dent­ly from a heart attack. Ellen passed away in Jan­u­ary 1953, in West­view San­i­tar­i­um, Los Ange­les. They were buried side by side.

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