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(January 22, 1865 - November 5, 1945)
The Lusk Herald
November 8, 1945
Matilda Johnson Dies Here Monday
Miss Matilda Johnson, 8O, and resident of Wyoming for the past 51 years, died at the Manring Convalescent Home Monday, Nov. 5, after a long illness. She entered Mrs. Manring's Home about four weeks ago.
Funeral services were held from the Peet Chapel Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock with Rev. Ezra Duncan, pastor of the First Baptist church of Lusk, officiating. Music was furnished by Mrs. Ezra Duncan and Mrs. Emerson Bonner, accompanied by Mrs. J. P. Watson. They sang "We Are Going Down the Valley," and "This Is Not My Home."
Interment was made in the Manville cemetery, the casket bearers being Fred Ketttler, Sam Blaney, Ernest Schuricht, Marion Rasmussen, Joe Panno and Mr. Blankenship.
Matilda Klaresa Johnson was born in Sweden, near the town of Grenna, in the province of Smoland, January 22, 1865. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pete Johnson, and the youngest of ten children. She came to America in 1888 coming to Central City, Neb. where a sister and brother lived. After spending six years there she and her brother, Adolph, came to Wyoming in 1894 and settled on the place now known as the Robert Burhoop ranch near Manville.
Her brother died in 1905 and at that time Miss Johnson moved into Manville where she made her home until becoming very ill about six months ago. She was brought to Lusk and cared for by Mrs. Ida Peterson and later by Mrs. Manring.
Before leaving Sweden she was baptised and confirmed in the Lutheran Church.
Her only known surviving reltives are two neices, Mrs. Robert Burhoop of Manville and Mrs. Ernest Holsapple of Oklahoma.
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