DR. JOHNSON DIES AT PATIENT'S BEDSIDE
Prominent and Popular Physician Suddenly Stricken With Heart Disease While
Making Professional Call and Expires Before Aid Could Be Summoned
DEMISE OCCASIONS WIDESPREAD SORROW
Dr. Samuel C. Johnson, one of the leading physicians of Sharon and prominent
in church and religious circles, dropped dead on Sunday morning at the home
of a patient on Trout street. Angina pectoris, a form of heart trouble, was
responsible for his sudden demise. He was 57 years old and had been
practicing in Sharon for the past six years News of his death was received
with general regret about the city, for he enjoyed the acquaintance of a large circle of friends.
Dr. Johnson had suffered from heart trouble for some time, but his condition
had been greatly improved recently. On Saturday afternoon he was out driving
and in the evening took part in the services at the City Rescue Mission, in
which institution he was deeply interested. He arose at the usual time on Sunday morning and was apparently in the best of health when he set out for
his office. He received a call from the Wright family, residing on Trout street. On the way there he passed several acquaintances and was in his
usual pleasant humor. Arriving at the home of the sick one, the doctor seated himself near the bed and drew a clinical thermometer from his pocket
and inserted it in the mouth of the patient to take the sufferer's temperature. An instant later, other people in the sick room saw the doctor's head sink to his chest. He attempted to stand up, but reeled and, fell to
the floor. Several physicians were called; but the doctor was dead before they arrived. The body was removed to Sample's morgue, prepared for burial
and then taken to his home at 34 Lorain street.
Dr. Johnson was born at Strattonville, Pa, on April 18, 1853, being a son of
Samuel and Miriam Johnson. The former was Treasurer and Sheriff of Clarion
County for some years. Both parents are dead. Dr. Johnson spent his boyhood
days at the place of his birth and was educated at Carrier Seminary, now the
Clarion State Normal School. He attended there for three terms and then devoted himself to the study of medicine. He graduated in 1879 from
Jefferson College. He began practicing medicine in Jefferson County, then was located in Crawford County for eight years, after which he moved to
Sharon in 1904, where he had continued to reside. He had built up a large practice. In 1889 the doctor took a
postgraduate course in the Philadelphia Polyclinic, and the same year he was awarded a pharmacist's license. In 1904
he was materially benefited by a postgraduate course in electrotherapeutics.
Deceased took an active interest in church affairs. He was a consistent and
active member of the First Baptist Church and for the past several years had
served as a deacon. From the founding of the institution he was also interested in the City Rescue Mission and did much to help its growth and
increase its influence. He was affiliated with the Crawford County Medical
Society, the Maccabees and the Odd Fellows. He was also one of the Civil Service Examiners for Mercer County.
Left to mourn his loss are his widow and the following children: Mrs. C.A.
Mason, Benjamin, Owen, Claire and Myrtle. The first-named was married only
last Tuesday and was enjoying her honeymoon in Virginia when the news of her
father's death was communicated to her. She started at once for Sharon.
Dr. Johnson also leaves two brothers, Frank of
Independence, Kan. and George of
Strattonville, and one sister Mrs. Emma Loomis of Pipestone, Minn. All
were here for his daughter's wedding last Tuesday, and those who reside in
the West had just reached their homes when the word of his death was received A group picture of the relatives was taken while they were here for
The funeral will be held from the family home on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
Rev. J. L. Jackson, pastor of the First Baptist Church, who is
absent on his vacation will return to conduct the services. Interment will
take place in Oakwood Cemetery.
The preceding is a transcript of complete newspaper article from
The Sharon Herald, Monday, August 29, 1910. Transcribed and submitted
by Brian Mason, great grandson.