Harold W. Johnson, one of Hoosierdom's
most active American Legionaries and a Mt.Vernon post office clerk since 1942, died at Monday (24 Sep 1956) night at his home at 1241 Main street. He was 61 years old last Sept 9.
Few Mt. Vernon Legionaries had attained more prominence than the
late deceased in affairs of the patriotic organization on local state and
national levels. He was Eighth district American
Legion Commander in the fiscal year 1950-51, a past commander of Owen Dunn post
No. 5, and served with distinction on numerous local district and state
The body is at Short-Niehaus Funeral
Home where friends may call beginning this evening.
The funeral service will be at Thursday in Short-Niehaus
chapel. Burial will be in Bellefontaine cemetery. The officiating
clergyman will be Rev. Temas Taylor, pastor of Mt.Vernon GeneralBaptistChurch. The deceased's beloved Owen Dunn
post will conduct graveside rites.
Death followed failing health for two years and serious illness
for the last few weeks. During his long period of sickness he had been a
patient in Midwestern Veterans Administration Hospitals on several occasions.
Survivors of the very popular Mt. Vernon man are his wife nee
Victoria Vallier, whose marriage to the deceased took
place 37 years ago in North Dakota; two daughters, Mrs. William Mitchell,
Haubstadt, In, and Mrs. Malvern Redman, Mt. Vernon,; five grandchildren; two
brothers, William F. Johnson, a veteran State Conservation Department officer,
residing at Marion, Ind., and Keith Johnson, Evansville, and two sisters, Mrs.
Oscar Blackburn, R. R. 3, Mt. Vernon, and Mrs. William T. Ungard,
The deceased was born on the Johnson farm homestead east of
Farmersville. His parents were Sylvanus Johnson
and Emma Smith Johnson, representatives of pioneer Posey county families.
Following graduation from Mt.VernonHigh school, he attended PurdueUniversity and ValleyCityCollege in Valley City, N.D. From the North Dakota school he entered the teaching
profession in North Dakota and later entered the U.S. Postal Service in Mercer, N.D.
During World War I he was in military service serving in the Army
It was during his residence in North Dakota that he met and married Victoria Vallier, then a resident of Oberson, N.D.
In 1937, Mr. Johnson and his family returned to PoseyCounty and he was employed for several years by
Hoosier Cardinal in Evansville. In 1942, he returned to the Post service and became
a clerk in the Mt.Vernon post office.
In addition to his membership in the American Legion, the deceased
was a member of Beulah lodge, No. 578, Free & Accepted Masons, Mt.Vernon lodge of Elks, Posey aerie of Eagles and
Evansville Voiture of the 40 & 8.
He came of a long line of Democrats and although he never sought
public office he was active in party affairs.
capabilities his loyalty to friends and his genial disposition had endeared him
to the Mt.Vernon community.