Passes Away at His Residence
FUNERAL SERVICES ON SUNDAY
Immense Concourse of Friends Pays Tribute to Man
Whom None Knew But to Love
John Johnston died at his home in Algonquin about 9 o'clock on the morning of Friday, May 31, 1907. The attack of illness which terminated in his death by uremia was of only 30 days' duration, and about a week before the end it was hoped by his friends that he would rally. But his system had been too much undermined by disease during the past five years, and he slowly but surely ended his earthly life in the presence of his family and nearest relatives. His death was, however, rather a surprise to his many friends 'in the village, as they could hardly believe that so apparently a robust man could so quickly succumb to the grim reaper - death.
Mr. Johnston was born in the village of Coat Bridge, near Glasgow, Scotland, Oct. 19, 1846, and was sixty years, seven months and twelve days of age at the time of his death. He came to Chicago in 1867 and while there worked at his trade of machinist. On June 23, 1871, he was married to Mary Ann Stewart, by whom he had seven children, only three of whom survive. In 1881 he moved with his family to Algonquin, where he opened a furniture store and machine shop and continued in the former business until his death. Aug. 7, 1891, his wife, Mary Ann, died, and four years later, on Aug. 29, 1895, he married Mrs. Dora Gillispie, with whom he lived until the present time, no children being born to him with this wife.
The death of John Johnston, or "Jack", as he was commonly known, removes from the community one its best known business men and one of its most useful citizens. For he was always an active participant in the social and political life of the village. He served on the board of directors of the village school very many terms, acting as clerk of the board, and was an active worker in all school affairs. During his term of office the school advanced from a two-room school to one with four rooms with a graded course. He also served for several years as one of the village residence.
Mr. Johnston was of a mot social nature. He was never more at his best when, with a goodly number of his friends about him, he could regal them with some of his witty stories or apropos recitations. He naturally excelled in ability to tell a Scotch story, with the Scotch accent and words emphasized in his characteristic manner.
He was most loyal and true to his friends, but with his opponents, political or otherwise, he was an active fighter, never wearing until he had won his battle, As a matter of course be was one of the most familiar figures on our streets with a word of kindly greeting to strangers as well as friends and he will be missed by all who have been his frequent or occasional friends.
On Sunday afternoon, June 2, his funeral services were held in the Congregational church in Algonquin village. The body was followed from the house to the church by nearly one hundred members of the various societies and lodges of which he was a member, namely, the Odd Fellows, The Royal Neighbors, the Modern Woodmen, the Knights of Maccabees and the Columbian Knights, and a large concourse of his relatives and friends. The sermon was preached by Rev. T. Armstrong, and the music was rendered by the Elgin quartet. The church was full to overflowing and the services appropriate and suited to the sad solemnity of the occasion.
On Monday the body was taken to Chicago, where it was buried with his departed wife and children in the beautiful Graceland cemetery. Representatives of the various orders mentioned above and the six pall bearers accompanied the body to the grave, with the family and friends, a special car being provided for the occasion. The services at the grave were short and appropriate.
Mr. Johnston leaves to mourn his loss his wife, Mrs. Dora Johnston of Algonquin, Walter S. Johnston of Chicago, Stewart Johnston of San Marcial, New Mex., Gordon G. Johnston of Winslow, Ariz., and the three brothers and one sister - Alexander Johnston of Milwaukee, Wis., Walter S. Johnston and James L. Johnston, both of Tempe, Ari., and Mrs. Frank Sutherland of Denver, Colo.
The floral tributes sent by the societies and friends were of many choice and appropriate designs and of a most beautiful character, and his body rests under such a covering of flowers and perfume as only true friends can furnish for such a loved friend.
W. A. N. (Dr. Wm A. Nason)
Nunda Herald, June 6, 1907