Indiana McCaslins

Elmer Winfield JohnsonAge: 44 years18941938

Name
Elmer Winfield Johnson
Birth April 14, 1894 31 21
Source: S317
Census 1900 (Age 5 years)
Census 1910 (Age 15 years)
Birth of a daughter
#1
Dorothy Jeannette Johnson
June 14, 1920 (Age 26 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Census 1920 (Age 25 years)
Birth of a daughter
#2
Eleanor Frances Johnson
December 11, 1921 (Age 27 years)
Birth of a son
#3
Edward Lowry Johnson
January 12, 1924 (Age 29 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Birth of a son
#4
Unnamed Infant Johnson
about 1927 (Age 32 years)

Death of a sonUnnamed Infant Johnson
about 1927 (Age 32 years)

Birth of a son
#5
Warren Winfield Johnson
November 18, 1929 (Age 35 years)
Census 1930 (Age 35 years)
Occupation
RR fireman WWI Military Record and 1920 census; RR Engineer 1930 census and 1938 Death Certificate
yes

Source: S317
Death August 1, 1938 (Age 44 years)
Note: Died in Trinity Hospital from an accident on the Minneapolis, St Paul & Sault Ste Marie Railroad in the Portal, North Dakota railyard.
Burial August 4, 1938 (3 days after death)
Note: Sunnyside Cemetery
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: July 1893
9 months
himself
Family with Dorothy Alice Lowry - View this family
himself
wife
daughter
18 months
daughter
Eleanor Frances Johnson
Birth: December 11, 1921 27 23Harvey, Wells, North Dakota
Death: September 7, 1977El Cajon, San Diego, California
2 years
son
4 years
son
3 years
son
Warren Winfield Johnson
Birth: November 18, 1929 35 31Minot, Ward, North Dakota
Death: October 30, 1995Ogletown, New Castle, Delaware
son
Private
James Arthur Danford + Dorothy Alice Lowry - View this family
wife’s husband
wife
Marriage: about 1948

Death
Died in Trinity Hospital from an accident on the Minneapolis, St Paul & Sault Ste Marie Railroad in the Portal, North Dakota railyard.
Burial
Sunnyside Cemetery
Shared note
In the1900 US Federal Census for Fargo, Cass, North Dakota, 37-year-old Wisconsin-born Edward and his 27-year-old Minnesota-born wife Tilda [Olson] Johnson have been married seven years and have had four children, all of whom are living with them. These North Dakota-born children are 6-year-old Elmer, 4-year-old Pearl, 2-year-old Jesse [sic] and 11-month old Ella. None of the children are attending school. Elmer is a grocer and owns the family house free of mortgage. Edward's and Tilda's parents were born in Norway, and the children's father was born in Wisconsin and their mother in Minnesota. In the 1910 US Federal Census for Harvey, Wells, North Dakota, 47-year-old Wisconsin-born farmer Edward A. and his 37-year-old Minnesota-born wife have been married 16 years and had had nine children, all of whom are living with them. These North Dakota-born children are 16-year-old Elmer, 14-year-old Pearl, 12-year-old Jessie, 10-year-old old Ella, 8-year-old Richard, 6-year-old Mildred, 4-year-old Ethel L, 2-year-old Floyd L and 9-month old Fern. Edward is doing general farming; Elmer is a delivery boy for a retail store. Elmer, Pearl, Jessie, Ella, and Richard have attended school in the past year. Edward, Tilda, Elmer, Pearl, Jessie, Ella, and Richard can read, write and speak English. Edward's and Tilda's parents were born in Norway. The children's father was born in Wisconsin and their mother in Minnesota. Elmer Winfield Johnson registers for the WWI Draft on 31 May 1917 at the age of 23. He states that he is living in Harvey, Wells, North Dakota, that he was born 14 Apr 1894 in Fargo, Cass, North Dakota which makes him a natural born citizen. He is a locomotive fireman for M. St. P. & Slt Ste M. Ry [Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Saint Marie Railway]. Elmer has no dependents as he is single. He also has no previous military service. His description is tall, slender, with grey eyes and light hair. He is not bald and has no physical conditions which would disqualify him from service. World War I Service record: Name: Elmer Winfield Johnson Army #: 111,793 Registrant: yes, Wells county Birth Place: Fargo, N. Dak. Birth Date: 14 Apr 1894 Parent's Origin: of American parents Occupation: locomotive fireman Comment: enlisted in Company H, 2nd Infantry, North Dakota National Guard, at Harvey, on July 10, 1917; called into federal service, World War, on July 15, 1917; served in Company H, 2nd Infantry, North Dakota National Guard (Company C, 147th Machine Gun Battalion), to Oct. 14, 1918; 2nd Railway Transportation Corps, Company No. 165, to discharge. Grades: Corporal, July 24, 1917; Sergeant, Feb. 10, 1918; overseas from Dec. 13, 1917, to July 2, 1919 [Nancy, France]. Discharged at Camp Dodge, Iowa, on July 7, 1919, as a Sergeant. In the 1920 US Federal Census for Harvey, Wells North Dakota, 25-year-old North Dakota-born Elmer and his 21-year-old Minnesota-born wife Dorothy [Lowry] Johnson are living in a rented house very near that of John J Arnold and his first wife Clarabelle. Elmer is a fireman on a steam railroad (the Minneapolis, St Paul and Sault Ste Marie Railroad). They can read, write and speak English. Elmer's father was born in Wisconsin and his mother in Minnesota. Dorothy's father was born in Iowa and her mother in Minnesota According to the 1930 US Federal Census for Minot, Ward, North Dakota, 35-year-old Elmer owned the house where the family (his wife 32-year-old Dorothy [Lowry], 9-year-old Dorothy J [Jeanette], 8-year-old Eleanor, 6-year-old Edward and 4-month old Warren) were living at 406-9th Street S.E., his personal worth was $4500, the family didn’t own a radio, and he was 25 when he married his wife, Dorothy Lowry who was 22 years old. He was an engineer for a steam railroad (the Minneapolis, St Paul and Sault Ste Marie Railroad). Elmer was a member and Past Master of the Devotion Lodge No 61, A.F. & A. M. (Masonic) Lodge in Harvey, North Dakota, as he was presented with ceremonial regalia on 15 December 1937 by Ed. C. Farstad, Secretary and J. H. Anderson, W. M. This regalia is is the possession of the family. On 1 August 1938 in Trinity Hospital, Minot, Ward, North Dakota, Elmer Johnson died from a train accident that occurred in the trainyards at Portal, North Dakota one day earlier [Sunday, 31 Jul 1938]. He was trapped between two cars and scalded severly. He apparently also had a punctured lung, as my mother-in-law, Dorothy Lowry Johnson Danford told me of sitting in his hospital room, hearing a fly buzzing and buzzing. She couldn't find it and called the nurse. The nurse looked at her peculiarly and said, "That's not a fly, that's his breathing." Elmer was buried in Sunnyside Cemetery, Harvey, Wells, North Dakota on 4 Aug 1938; Leo M Finnegan of Minot, Ward, North Dakota was the undertaker. Information on Elmer's death certificate was given by his sister Ethel Johnson of Harvey, Wells, North Dakota. I have one thing to add and it's Elmer's son Warren's memory - his father's favorite song, which he used to annoy Dorothy with, was "How do you keep them down on the farm after they've seen Paree" . He'd start humming it and then singing it louder and louder. Dorothy would say, "Elmer!" very indignently. Warren went to France twice before he died (once to Paris and once to the the Alsace-Lorrainne area in which his father had fought) and said he now knew why his father sang that song. Warren loved France and thought his father did, too.