The Morning Republican, Mitchell,Davison,South Dakota, Tuesday,July 23, 1918
94 YEAR OLD PIONEER DEAD--One of Mitchell's Oldest Residents Passes Away Here Sunday Evening--
Erastus Johnson, one of the oldest residents of Mitchell, died at his home 1217 W 4th ave.,Sunday evening, age 94. Old age was the immediate cause of his death. Funeral arrangements have not been completed pending the arrival of his children, but interment will be made in the Winifred cemetery.
Mr. Johnson was born near Keane,Essex County, New York, February 5, 1823 and was married in February 1842 to his present wife, who is two years his junior. They lived in New York state until 1856 when they felt the call of the west and located in Hartford, Wis., leaving that place eleven years later for Wells, Minn.
At Hartford and afterwards Mr Johnson worked at the carpenter trade. After living for 15 years in Wells, the Johnson family moved to Winifred,SD, where they resided until 1901 when they came to Mitchell to spend their remaining years. Although Mr Johnson had intended to retire he found much carpenter work to do and erected many houses in Mitchell. When his 85th birthday came around he laid down his tools forever.
After Mr & Mrs Johnson passed their 90th milestone, they often expressed the wish that they might live to observe their 75th wedding anniversary, a wish that was denied them.
Less than two weeks ago Mr Johnson was taken ill and for the first time in his life it was necessary to summon a physician. Because of his age he was not able to respond to medical treatment.
He in survived by his widow, two daughters, Mrs Mark Harris of Mitchell and Mrs Nancy Taylor of Enid, Okla; Charles Johnson of White Bluffs, Wash, Frank Johnson of Wessington Springs and Samuel Johnson of Mitchell who has been making his home with his parents, and a number of grand children, great grand children and great-great grandchildren.