Morton (Mott) Johnson patriarch of the Farmersville-Solitude
community where he had spent his entire long life, died at this morning at St. Mary's Hospital in Evansville.
The retired farmer and blacksmith was 91 years old last January 4.
He had retained to a remarkable degree his mental and physical facultiesdispite his advanced
years and his mind was a storehouse of early South Posey county history.
On July 15 Mr. Johnson fell and fractured his left hip at his home
south of Solitude where he and his sister, Mrs. Jane Walls had resided for the
last 25 years.
Since last Saturday he had been under an oxygen tent in the Evansville hospital following the development of
pneumonia that resulted in his death.The body is at the Weisinger Funeral Home in Mt.Vernon and will remain there through the
funeral service set for Monday in the Weisinger
chapel. Burial will be in the Moore's cemetery north of Farmersville
alongside the grave of his wife, Amy Moore Johnson, who died in 1911.
Friends may call at the Weisinger chapel
beginning this evening.
Surviving are two sons, Loren F. Johnson, Posey county auditor and
chairman of the Posey county Democratic Central Committee, and Elwood Johnson a
veteran employee of Delco-Remy Corp, at Anderson, Ind;
two grandson, Albert Morton Johnson, U. S. Navy, Oxnard, Calif,
and Norman Jay Johnson, Anderson, and the sister, Mrs. Walls.
The deceased was a son of Nathan Johnson and Eliza Allyn Johnson and was born east of Farmersville. For
a number of years he was associated with a brother, Pleeman
Johnson, in operation of a blacksmith shop at Solitude. He was an ardent
Democrat and served as a road supervisor at the time the office was elective.
He was the
oldest member in age of Mt.Vernon lodge, no. 49, Independent Order of Odd
Fellows and was a charter member of Grafton-Savah
lodge of the fraternity.