James Wilson Johnson was born August 16, 1829 in Byrd Township, Brown County, Ohio. He was the sixth child and third son of Jacob and Ann Johnson. He married Amanda Evaline Mullis on December 26, 1852 in Rush County, Indiana. She was the daughter of John Mullis and Dolly Stanley and sister of Dolly Mullis who was married to her husband's brother, John. She was born about 1833 in North Carolina. They are found on the 1860 census in Centre Township, Rush County, Indiana along with their daughter, Martha E. Johnson, age 4. Seven children were born to this union, however 2 of the daughters, Clara and Florella, died as small children and two died as infants - one dying a day after birth. The other infant who died seems to be a twin of Clara. Amanda died on March 21, 1868 - a month after giving birth to her seventh child (which died one day after birth). James then married Margaret Gordon on June 28, 1869 in Rush County, Indiana. She was born about 1843 in Indiana. Two sons were born to this union. Margaret is found on the 1880 census with James but by 1900 James was listed as a widower living in his brother, John's, household. It has been discovered that Margaret was committed to Richmond State Hospital for the Insane and quite possibly actually outlived James. James died on October 31, 1917 and was buried in the Little Blue River Cemetery near Knightstown, in Rush County, Indiana near Amanda and their four infant children.

L - R: Glen R. Johnson; John L. Johnson; James W. Johnson; James B. Johnson; Grace Johnson
(bottom row)Eva Johnson & the others are probably Mary H. Johnson, Opal Johnson & Guy L. Johnson (children of James B. Johnson)

James Wilson Johnson Obituary


Father: Jacob Johnson born December 11, 1787
Mother: Ann (maiden name Unknown) born in Sep. 17, 1793
Spouse: (1) Amanda Evaline Mullis born about 1833
       Infant Johnson born Apr. 7, 1852
       Clara Johnson born Apr. 7, 1852
       Martha E. Johnson born about 1856
       John Lafayette Johnson born March 2, 1861
       Florella Johnson born abt. Oct. 1863
       Olive Belle Johnson born about 1866
       Infant Johnson born February 10, 1868
Spouse: (2) Margaret Gordon born about 1843
       Oscar Lee Johnson born about 1870
       James Bertram Johnson born August 13, 1872


Martha E. Johnson was the third child born to James Wilson Johnson and Amanda Evaline Mullis. She was born about 1856 in Centre Township, Rush County, Indiana. She married Davis Gray on July 2, 1876 in Howard County, Indiana. He was born about 1860 in Howard County, Indiana. They had two sons, Lester J. and Fred, and two daughters, Clara and Geneva. It is unknown if Davis died before 1917 or if the marriage ended in divorce. By the time Martha's father, James Wilson Johnson, died in October 1917, Martha was married to Mr. Whittiker and lived in Battle Creek, Michigan. Martha died after 1917 and before 1930. It is unknown if Martha and Mr. Whittiker had any children.


Father: James Wilson Johnson born August 16, 1829
Mother: Amanda Evaline Mullis born about 1833
Spouse: (1) Davis Gray born about 1860
       Fred Gray born Unknown
       Clara Gray born about 1884
       Lester J. Gray born June 2, 1886
       Geneva Gray born March 10, 1888
Spouse: (2) Mr. Whittiker born unknown


John Lafayette Johnson was born March 2, 1861 near Rushville in Rush County, Indiana to James Wilson Johnson and Evaline (Amanda) Mullis. Amanda died when John was a small boy and his father remarried. Two sons were born to the second union, Oscar and James. John married Katie Jane Blazer on July 4, 1883 in Madison County, Indiana. In 1896 the couple transferred their membership to Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at 923 Jackson Street in Anderson, Indiana. John was a farmer and peddled his fruits and vegetables most of his life. The couple had 3 children and took in a foster daughter. The couple is found in the 1900 Census taken on June 4, 1900. They were living in the City of Anderson, Madison County, Indiana at 1524 Forkner Street. John listed his occupation as rock roller. Also in the household was his wife, Katie; and sons, Letis (age 13) and Glen (age 1).

Central Christian Church

On March 1, 1930 John and Katie moved from Anderson, Indiana to Fairfield (now Fairborn), Ohio. They resided with their son, Glen and his family. Katie had taken ill and died on May 20, 1930. John continued living with his son until his death on May 28, 1939. The funeral was held in Anderson with burial in East Maplewood Cemetery alongside his wife, infant daughter, Mary, and oldest son, Letus.

Original obituary prepared for newspaper by Glen Roy Johnson
JOHN LAFAYETTE JOHNSON, son of James W. and Amanda Johnson (nee Mullis) was born March 2, 1861 in Rush County, Indiana. His early boyhood was spent in and around Rushville and Kokomo, Indiana. While a very young man he settled in Madison County, near Anderson, Indiana. On July 4, 1883 he was married to Katie J. Blazer. To this union were born two sons, Letus W. and Glen R. In 1910 a foster daughter, Eva, came to bless the home. Letus, the older son, passed away in 1915. Shortly after coming to Anderson, Indiana, in 1889, to make their home they became identified with the Central Christian church and continued as active members until leaving there in March, 1930, due to illness of Mrs. Johnson, to make their home with their son Glen and family at Fairfield, Ohio. On May 20, 1930, Mrs. Johnson passed away and Mr. Johnson continued Living with his son until his death on May 28, 1939. In 1889 he entered the employ of American Steel and Wire Company at Anderson. In 1904 he entered business for himself as a fruit and vegetable peddler. After taking up his residence in Fairfield, he continued to sell fruit and vegetables during the spring and summer month, until the fall of 1938. Since January this year he had been in failing health, but did not become seriously ill until last Friday and died at 10:30 A.M., Sunday, May 28th, at the age of 78 years, 2 months, and 26 days. He leaves to mourn his passing his son Glen R. and daughter Mrs. Eva Skinner of Fortville, Indiana, and 4 grandchildren.

Newspaper Obituary from Unknown Indiana paper
JOHNSON FUNERAL TO BE WEDNESDAY Funeral services for John Lafe Johnson, age 78, former Anderson resident who died Sunday at the home of a son, Glen Johnson, in Fairfield, O., will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Bob Waltz funeral home. Rev. James H. Welsh, pastor of the East Lynn Christian Church, will be in charge, and burial will be in East Maplewood cemetery. The body will arrive at the funeral home Wednesday morning to lie in state until the hour of the funeral.

John L. Johnson Memorial Book

Memorial Record
In memory of John L. Johnson place of birth Rush County, Indiana (Near Rushville) Date March 2, 1861 Deceased May 28, 1939 Age 78 years 2 months 26 days
Services: Home, Fairfield, Ohio at 8 p.m. May 30, 1939; Chapel - Waltz Funeral Home Anderson, Indiana 2 p.m. 5-31-39
Officiating Rev. Huber F. Klemme Reformed Church Fairfield, Ohio
Rev. J.C. Welch; East Lynn Christian Church Anderson, Indiana
Music: Going Home; Hymns: Just as I Am, Abide with Me.
Bearers: Geo Hitz, Jr. Anderson, Indiana; Glen O. Blazier North Lewisburg, Ohio; John Skinner Fortville, Indiana; Bernard Trollinger Osborn, Ohio; Lester Lovejoy Fairfield, Ohio; Glen R. Johnson Jr. Fairfield, Ohio
Friends who called: Mrs. C.L. Henry, R.I. Spicer, Joseph A. Steele, Roscoe L. McCoy, Helen McCoy, Mrs. C. Young, Herman Young, Mrs. Herman Young, Mr. & Mrs. Jack Prumswitt, Mr. & Mrs. Roy Bassett, Mildred Bassett, Helen Douglass, Mr. & Mrs. Henry Durnbaugh, Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert Young, Bernard Trollinger, Mon L. Wabb Sr., (illegible) Trollinger, Mr. & Mrs. Harold (illegible), Mr. & Mrs. R.K. Johnson & girls, Mr. & Mrs. Albert Updike, Lee Lacey Jr., Mrs. Allen Heuser, Mr. and Mrs. H. Trollinger, Mr. & Mrs. Walter M. Moore, Edward E. Reynolds, Elsie Mae Barren, Mr. P.E. Gross, Mrs. R. S. Van Tuyl, Mr. & Mrs. Harold H. Hose, Mr. & Mrs. Perry Romspert, Mr. & Mrs. Paul Spaur, Mr. & Mrs. T. Smith & James Roy, Mr. & Mrs. L.R. Scovil, C.L. Harrey, John P. (illegible), Sanford Henry, Clartt Gay, William Tippy, Mrs. Glen Rutau, Mr. W.H. Goul, Mrs. W.H. Goul, Mrs. Bertha Wood, Miss Clara Beard, Robert Rue, Mr. & Mrs. E.M. (illegible), Mr. D. Merrick, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Smith, Mr. & Mrs. C.H. Milles, Mr. & Mrs. Lewis C. Aukerman, Mr. & Mrs. H.R. Stine & family, Mrs. Katherina Steele, Isabel Davis, Mr. & Mrs. W. H. Durnbaugh, S.M. Jones, Mr. & Mrs. Geoshbarner, Mr. & Mrs. Lester Lovejoy, Mrs. Lee Lacey, Dudley Lacey, Lee Lacey, Mrs. G.P. Brown, Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Hume, Mrs. L.H. Douglass, Betty Ruth, Charles L. Harner, Mr. & Mrs. Peter R. Walsh, (illegible), Mr. & Mrs. LeRoy Bates, Mr. & Mrs. C.F. Bay, Mrs. J.E. Skinner, Mrs. J.C. Jones, Gerald Skinner, Mr. & Mrs. Earl Badder, Mr. & Mrs. Lester Gray, Rosa Johnson, Mrs. W.H. Meara - Noblesville, Gene Lewark, Izora & Margaret Shively, Mrs. Earl Fisher, Mrs. Edith Fisher, D. Wellington, Anna Goul, Geo. Hitz.
Relatives attending: Glen R. Johnson Sr., Vesta C. Johnson, Glen R. Johnson Jr., Genevieve Johnson, Mary Helen Lovejoy, Lester Lovejoy, Eva Skinner, John Skinner, Charles Leland Skinner, Mr. & Mrs. Lester Gray, Mr. & Mrs. Earl Badder, Stella Johnson, Mary Helen Johnson, Grace Johnson, Rosa Johnson, Florence Meara, Irene Lewark, Izora Shively, Margaret Shively, Wesley Blazier, Glen O. Blazier, Ada Black, Nina Blazier, Marion Blazier
Final Resting Place: East Maplewood, Anderson, Indiana. Section 12 Block South Half Lot 654 Anderson, Madison County, Indiana
Laid to rest: Wednesday 3 p.m. 31st Day of May 1939
Family record:
Father - James Wilson died 10-30-17
Mother - Amanda Mullis
Deceased - born 3-2-61 Died 5-28-39
Married to: Katie J. Blazier born 9-27-64 Died 5-20-30
Children - Letus W. born 3-11-86 died 7- -15
Glen R. born 11-21-98


Father: James Wilson Johnson born August 16, 1829
Mother: Amanda Evaline Mullis born about 1833
Spouse: Katie Jane Blazer born September 20, 1864
       Letis W. Johnson born March 11, 1887
       Glen Roy Johnson born November 21, 1898
       Mary Johnson born December 1909
Foster Child:
       Eva E. Johnson born October 2, 1910


Olive Belle Johnson was born about 1866 probably in Rush County, Indiana. She was probably the sixth child (and third to live to adulthood) of James Wilson Johnson and Amanda Evaline Mullis. On July 30, 1881 Ollie married George Hawkins in Madison County, Indiana. The couple had two children. It is unknown if George died or if the couple divorced. Ollie then went on to marry James Milton Tyler and they had four children. Ollie died on April 16, 1929 and was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan.


Father: James Wilson Johnson born August 16, 1829
Mother: Amanda Evaline Mullis born about 1833
Spouse: (1) George Hawkins born unknown
       Urmine Hawkins born unknown
       Vesta Hawkins born unknown
Spouse: (2) James Milton Tyler born about 1861
       Pauline Tyler born unknown
       Floyd W. Tyler born unknown
       Chester Arthur Tyler born January 13, 1889
       Roy C. Tyler born about 1895



James Bertram Johnson and Alba Estella DeWitt

Photos courtesy of Virginia Nuta

James Bertram Johnson was born on August 13, 1872 in Rush County, Indiana. He was the second child of the union of James Wilson Johnson and Margaret Gordon, but the ninth child of James. He married Alba Estella Dewitt before 1906. She was born on April 3, 1879 in Tipton County, Indiana. Four children were born to the couple. James died on May 6, 1933 in Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana. Alba died on December 1, 1964. They are both buried at Crown Point Cemetery, Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana.


Father: James Wilson Johnson born August 16, 1829
Mother: Margaret Gordon born about 1843
Spouse: Alba Estella Dewitt born April 3, 1879
       Lillian Opal Johnson born August 20, 1906
       Guy Leston Johnson born July 9, 1908
       Mary Helen Johnson born November 2, 1910
       Grace Lavonne Johnson born June 7, 1914


Letis W. Johnson was born on March 11, 1887. Family reports indicate that he fell when he was a small child which resulted in seizures and epilepsy. Letis spent quite a bit of his boyhood and adolescent years in the Fort Wayne Hospital for the Insane. A family story indicates that once when he was home for a "visit", Letis became so enraged with anger that he threw a brick clear through the chicken house. Another time during one of his "fits", he tried to cut off his brother's ear. Glen bore that scar behind his ear the rest of his life. Letis died on July 7, 1915 from pneumonia. He is buried in East Maplewood Cemetery close to his parents and baby sister.


Glen Roy Johnson was born November 21, 1898 outside of Anderson in Madison County, Indiana. Glen attended school through tenth grade. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps during WWI. He went into the Balloon Corps. being associated with Balloon Bed #14. He flew the Caquot style balloon in the pictures below.

Caquot Balloon in hangar

Caquot Balloon in USAF Museum, Dayton, Ohio

Gondola with Mannequins in USAF Museum, Dayton, Ohio

Glen began courting Vesta Wilt as a teen after they met at the Central Christian Church in Anderson, Indiana. Her mother and step-father thought Glen was too wild and always up to no good (he was a prankster) so Vesta and Glen would have to meet "on the sly". See "Dearest" - a compilation of letters Glen and Vesta wrote to each other.

Vesta Wilt and Glen Johnson

In collusion with her cousin/step-brother, Ralph Clawson, it would appear to her folks that she and Ralph were going out somewhere. In reality, he would take her to meet Glen. On December 24, 1916 Glen and Vesta wed at the home of her folks on Arrow Avenue in Anderson, Indiana.

Wedding Announcement
Unidentified Indiana Newspaper
A pretty home wedding will occur next Sunday afternoon, Dec. 24, at 1 o'clock, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Clawson, 1523 Arrow avenue, when Mrs. Clawson's daughter, Miss Vesta Wilt will be married to Glenn (sic) R. Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Johson, of 99 Indiana avenue, N.A. Rev. W.L. Lundy will read the marriage service, using the ring ceremony, and the couple will be attended by Miss Mae Agnew and Densel Clemons. Miss Wilt will wear her traveling suit of blue coth with black hat, and her flowers will be a corsage bouquet of bride's roses. Miss Agnew, the bride's maid, also will wear a tailored suit. Immediately after the wedding Mr. Johnson will take his bride on a wedding trip to Dayton, O., where they will spend several days. On returning home they will reside at 99 Indiana avenue, N.A., being "at home" after Jan. 8. Miss Wilt has been active in the social life of the west part of the city and has many firneds. She is a member of the T. A. N. club. Mr. Johnson is a machinist and he has been employed at the Remy Electric company. Only the immediate relatives and a few intimate friends will be present for the wedding. Including Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Clawson, Misses Shirley Moss, Nellie Wilt, Eva Johnson and Lena Fisher; Messrs. Clyde Wilt, Claude Duncan and Clifford Wilt.

Wedding Announcement
Anderson, Indiana newspaper Dec. 1916
Miss Marie Vesta Wilt, daughter of Mrs. W.F. Clawson, and Glenn Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Johnson, of 99 Indiana avenue, N.A. were married Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock by the Rev. W.L. Lundy, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Clawson, 1253 Arrow avenue. A traveling suit of blue with hat to match, and a corsage bouquet of bride's roses was worn by the bride, and Miss Mae Agnew, maid of honor, also wore a tailored suit. Densel Clemons attended Mr. Johnson as best man. A number of friends and relatives were present for the wedding, and shortly after 2 o'clock Mr. and Mrs. Johnson left on a trip to Dayton and Urbana, O. After Jan. 8 they will be at home to their friends at 99 Indiana avenue.

Glen and Vesta resided in Anderson, Indiana for several years. Three of their children were born there. In 1923, the couple moved to Fairfield (now Fairborn), Ohio. Their fourth child, a daughter, was born in Ohio. Lois Evelyn was born six weeks premature and died when she was six weeks old. She was buried in the old Fairfield Cemetery which presently is right outside the grounds of Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Fairborn. Some time after burial, a local family lost their children in a fire and were too impoverished to afford a plot. Glen and Vesta donated Lois Evelyn's plot. They had the vault opened to move the casket and Vesta requested one final look at her baby daughter. Lois Evelyn was then moved to Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in New Carlisle, Ohio.

In 1950, Glen was named Supply Chief and sent to Wiesbaden, Germany. During their three year stay in Europe, Vesta was able to visit many European cities and toured some of the camps that had been used by the Nazi's during WWII. They both wrote several letters home to their families during this time. The letters were saved by their daughter and excerpts are found at the letters from the Johnson's page. In 1953 the couple returned to the states and Glen to a new position.

Newspaper Article Nashville Banner June 26, 1953
New Material Chief Named At Air Center
Tullahoma, June 26 - (Special) - Col. Glenn R. Johnson has been named deputy chief of staff for material at Arnold Engineering Development Center, succeeding Col. Paul E. Helmick. Johnson reported for duty at the AEDC Wednesday. His previous assignment was at U.S. Air Force Headquarters at Weisbaden, Germany.

Glen Johnson retired from the Air Force in 1958. He was affiliated with many organizations during his lifetime. Glen and Vesta were members of Trinity United Church of Christ on Central Avenue in Fairborn, Ohio.

In 1966 their two surviving children (their oldest daughter died in 1958) held a 50th Anniversary open house at their home in Kettering, Ohio. The party was well attended and many gifts and well-wishes were given.

Anniversary Announcement
Dayton Daily News; Wednesday, December 21, 1966
50th wedding anniversary . . .
Colonel (Ret.) and Mrs. Glen R. Johnson are being honored by their children who are holding an Open House at the Johnson's home, 3012 East Rahn Rd., Dayton, on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2 to 5 p.m. The Johnson's were married at Anderson, Ind. on Dec. 24, 1916, where they both were raised. Mrs. Johnson was the former Miss Vesta C. Wilt.
The Johnsons have been residents of this area since 1923 when Colonel Johnson came from Anderson, Ind. to start working for the U.S. Army Air Corps at old Patterson Field. Colonel Johnson saw service in World War I as an enlisted man in the U.S. Army Air Corps. In 1925 he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant U.S. Army Reserve, and in January 1942 at the start of World War II was called to active duty, and served continuously until the close of the Korean action, and released from active duty in September 1953. Colonel Johnson was retired by the U.S. Air Service on Dec. 1, 1958 as a Colonel U.S. Air Service, and on Jan. 1, 1959 was retired as the Civilian Chief of Supply and Services at the Dayton Air Force Depot, now known as DESC.
Colonel and Mrs. Johnson had four children, two of who are living; a son Glen R. Jr., of Battle Creek, Michigan, and a daughter, Mrs. Eugene (Mary Helen) Amore of Beavercreek. Two daughters are deceased; Lois Evelyn died in 1927, and Mrs. John (Genevieve) Steffen Jr., died in 1958. They have eight grand - children and three great - grand - children.
Friends of Colonel and Mrs. Johnson are invited to call during the Open House.

Glen and Vesta Johnson

Anniverary Announcement
Unknown newspaper clipping from the Dayton, Ohio area. Celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary Tuesday with an open house at their home was Col. and Mrs. Glen Johnson, 3012 Rahn Rd.
Approximately 150 guests from Urbana, Lewisburg, Fairborn, Dayton and New Carlisle, O.; Muncie, Pendleton and Sulphur Springs, Ind., and Michigan attended the affair. Among those present were the honored guests' children and grandchildren and their families.
Children of the couple attending were their son and family, Mr. and Mrs. Glen Roy Johnson Jr. and son, Rick, of Battle Creek, Mich., and their daughters and families, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Dalley of Miami University and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Amore and daughter, Wendy, of Dayton.
Grandchildren of the Col. Johnsons and their families present were Mr. and Mrs. Dann Dalton and daughter, Ann Marie, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Morris and daughter, Karen of Dayton and Pvt. First and Mrs. Jack Steffen, and the Amores' children and their families, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Amore and Mrs. Thomas Newhouse and son, Pat, all of Dayton. Pvt. Steffen leaves Jan. 1 for Vietnam and Sgt. (USAF) Thomas Newhouse is presently serving in Da Nang.

50th Anniversary Book
Visitors Glen R. Johnson Jr.; Mary H. Amore; Eugene J. Amore; Mary Johnson; James G. Amore; Wendy Amore; Michele Newhouse; Phyllis A. Amore; Barbara A. Galley; Rick Johnson; Larry Galley; Mr. & Mrs. Ward Livezey; Mr. & Mrs. Herchel MCDonnell; Mr. & Mrs. Harley Franklin; Mrs. Edith Taylor; Bill Douglass; Mrs. Gertrude Titlow; Mr. & Mrs. Harold St. John; Fred Kreusch; Mrs. Lee A. Wright; Donna Steffen; John F. Steffen Jr.; Bonnie K. Flanagan; Jane V. Morris; Daniel J. Dalton; Judy Dalton; Ann-Marie Dalton; Virgil Morris; Charlie Himes; Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Copenhefer; Mr. & Mrs. William T. Armstrong; Mrs. Ada Black; Mrs. Roy Bassett; Mrs. Herman Semler; Mrs. Robert Rue; Mr. & Mrs. Glen Blazer; Marion & Bob Daly; Jean & Jay Hiles; Mr. & Mrs. Lewis C. Aukerman; Rev. A.R. Meiller; Mrs. Gilbert Young; Mr. & Mrs. Spevacek; Mr. and Mrs. Paul S. Nelson; Mr. and Mrs. R. Smart; Mrs. Virgil O. Dreyer; Mrs. Lora Andrews Waverly, Ohio; Mrs. Betty Menton; Virginia Herschburg (Mrs. Allan); Mr. and Mrs. Claude W. Collins; Mr. and Mrs. Marvin S. Kline; Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Clark; Don & Doris Buescher; Jane & Bob Thomas; Helen C. Eller (Mrs. R.V.); Don & Mary Ann Moore; Jack & Lois Reynolds; Joseph & Betty R. Spach; Mr. & Mrs. JB Lee; Mr. & Mrs. Geo C. Moore; Mr. & Mrs. Jay Binnell; Mr. & Mrs. Jack Esterline; Mr. & Mrs. Lee D. Andrews; Mr. & Mrs. Thomas V. DeHaven; Mr. & Mrs. Chris Zimmer; Mr. & Mrs. Montgomer and Mary Edmonds of Tipton, Ind.; Mr. & Mrs. Emil M. Kolodsik Cls, Ohio; Ruby Brothers; Mr. & Mrs. Robert Sarchet; Mr. & Mrs. Daniel C. Dalton; John & Alice Steffen; Dr. & Mrs. Earl J. Spencer.
Cards or Gifts were received from:
Jim & Phyllis Amore; Tom & Alice Armstrong; Gene, Mary Helen and Wendy Amore; Michele Newhouse; Lee & Betty Andrews; Lewis & Osee Aukerman; Mr. & Mrs. John Anderson & children; Mrs. Ada Black; Doris & Don Buescher; Glen, Nina, Marion & Bea Blazer; Miss Ruby Brothers; Mrs. Magdelene Benedict; Mrs. Katherine Bassett; Mildred & Helen Berry; Mrs. Edgell Baker; Bob & Mary Jean Bauman; Mr. & Mrs. Roy Birmingham; Eldred & Rita Burgy; Mrs. Dorothy R. Boger; Jerry & Pat Bourne; Mrs. Della Collins; Claude Collins; Andy & Marion Copenhifer; Otto & Edna Cornelius; Vern & Pat Catlin; Dan, Judy & Ann-Marie Dalton; Stephen & Lucille Davis; Dan & Margurete Dalton; John & Eva Dasher; Dayton Balloon Bed No. 14 (Virginia & Henry Borchers; Everett & Dorothy Clark; Ken & Jo' Havens; George & Dorothy Moore; Dr. Earl & Phyllis Spencer; Elwood & Alta Scherer; Don & Ethyl Montgomery); Daughters of America, Evening Star Council #175; Stephen & Lucille Davis; Mrs. Ethel Daugherty; Mrs. Helena Dritt; Wm. & Chris Drinkwater; Mrs. Helen Douglas & family; Lauren & Lois Dennewitz; Mrs. Dorothy Donchay; Tom & Florence DeHaven; Charlie & Peggy Devine; Mr. & Mrs. LR Edwards; Jack & Mary Esterline; Virgil & Helen Eller; Mary J. Forider; Mr. & Mrs. Clinton Fannin; Carl & Mildred Florence; Paul, Florence, Brad & Kim Fahrney; Earl & Betty Fox & family; Al & Ellen Gilmore; Mrs. Phyl Gares; Larry & Barbara Galley & Rick Johnson; Mike & Naomi Galley; Ray & Babs Garcia; etc.

During their lifetime, their residences included: Anderson, Indiana; Fairfield (Fairborn), Ohio; Wiesbaden, Germany; Florida; Devonshire in Dayton, Ohio; Rahn Road in Kettering, Ohio; Grand Avenue in Dayton, Ohio and the Park Layne Apartments on Belmonte Park North in Dayton, Ohio. While living at the last residence, the couple celebrated their 60th (Diamond) Anniversary. Again the children and grand-children put together an Open House to celebrate. The party was held in the Party Room of Park Layne Apartments and attended by a large number of their friends, family and many others whose lives Glen and Vesta had touched throughout the years.

The Fairborn Daily Herald
Tuesday, August 8, 1978 - 9
Glen R. Johnson: He's Served Community, Country in Peace, War
Retired Col. Glen R. Johnson enlisted in the Army Signal Corps in 1918 during the era of jetless aviation. He enjoys telling about his experiences as a "buck private rear ranks" in the World War I Balloon Corps as well as the years he served the Village of Fairfield that was to merge with Osborn in 1950 to become Fairborn.
He's never forgotten the danger accompanying the training he received at Omaha, Neb., during 1918. To emphasize it, Johnson tells that one of the training balloons exploded. Two were killed and 36 hurt.
He sailed for France in July. Another incident imprinted in his memory is the inspection Gen. John Joseph Pershing demanded of the 14th and 15th Balloon companies the day after the troops landed. "We were just off the transport after 11 days at sea and most of us hadn't had a bath. He was quite impressed we were all enlisted men."
Johnson, with the 14th Company, said the barracks had dirt floors and the ceiling leaked. The 97-foot balloons were hoisted one to three miles from the front lines to scout enemy artillery movement and relay information by telegraph cable to a grounded sentinel, Johnson said.
Following the observer's instructions, Allied troops could shell the target within one or two tries. Their only problem was the Germans also employed observation balloons which equalized spying tactics for both sides.
A motorized winch lifted and lowered the craft and its two man crew; an observer and his pilot. However, aloft in the basket over battlelines proved highly dangerous because of enemy fire. An incendiary bullet from an aircraft machine gun could turn the balloon's 38,000 cubic feet of hydrogen into a roaring inferno within seconds. Consequently, the observer and pilot parachuted to safety at the mere sight of enemy aircraft. Only one of the some 100 balloons at the Western front veered across German lines before the pilot and observer could ground it. Both were taken prisoner.
Johnson was discharged as a private in 1932 but won a reserve commission in the Quartermaster Corps in 1924 while a civilian worker at the Old Wilbur Wright Feild, Dayton.
The advent of World War II saw him return to active duty with the Army Air Corps and later the Air Force. He served continuously until the close of the Korean war. He was released from active duty in September 1953 and was retired by the U.S. Air Force on Dec. 1, 1958 as a colonel. He had served tours as director of USAF supply and services in Europe and head of material at the Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tennessee. He rejoined Civil Service ranks at the Dayton Air Force depot, now known as DESC, and on Jan. 1, 1959 was retired as the civilian chief of supply and services.
He and his wife, Vesta, married Dec. 24, 1916, in their home town of Anderson, Ind., resided in the Fairborn community 19 years during his military and civil service career. Their one son was in the 1924 class, the first to graduate from the Bath Exempted Village School (now Central School).
Many years before the villages of Osborn and Fairfield merged in 1950, Johnson proposed the merger, but too much friction existed between the two communities for it to be resolved.
He said the Fairfield people called him a traitor. They said he was trying to destroy the history of the village. Johnson was elected to the Fairfield village council in 1936 and was instrumental in the building of a sewage disposal plant that served both villages. He said Columbus told the communities they would have to consolidate their efforts. There could not be two plants.
He couldn't remain on the council due to his employment at the base. Dan Hoak took his place and served many years carrying on the work of consolidation. During his service to the city, Johnson was also fire chief. He recommended M.L. (Bud) Warner for the post when he left.
Johnson is a member of the Michael L. Finnel Lodge 711, F&AM, and other local organizations. He was scoutmaster 10 years of Boy Scout troop 54, and holds the Silver Beaver award. He's also a past commander of the Dignam-Whitmore American Legion post 526 and past worthy patron of Aero Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. His wife is a charter member of the Legion Auxiliary Unit 526.
Their two children are Glen Roy Jr. and Mary Helen Amore. They have eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Vesta died on January 19, 1984 after a brief illness at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. They had recently celebrated their 67th anniversary. In July 1984 Glen moved from the apartment he'd shared with his wife to Trinity Nursing Home in Beavercreek, Ohio. He had been in failing health for many years. He lived there until his death - one year almost to the day after his beloved Vesta died - January 18, 1985. The funeral was held at Trinity United Church of Christ with full military honors. Burial was next to his wife and close to his baby daughter at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in New Carlisle, Ohio.

Fairborn Herald, Fairborn, Ohio January 18, 1985
Retired Col. Glen R. Johnson, 86, died this morning, Jan. 18, 1985, in Trinity Home, Dayton. Col. Johnson held many property and supply posts in the U.S. Air Force Air Material Command before retiring in late 1959 as deputy director of supply and services, Dayton AF Depot. Born in Anderson, Ind., he moved to the Dayton area in 1923 to become a supply clerk at Fairfield Air Depot (later named Wright Field). He formerly resided in the Park Layne Apartments in Dayton. He also had resided in Fairborn for 19 years and had proposed the merger of the villages of Fairfield and Osborn many years before their merger in 1950 to become Fairborn. He was elected to the Fairfield Village Council in 1936, was instrumental in the building of the sewage disposal plant to serve both villages, and served as fire chief for the volunteer fire department. Active in veteran affairs, he was commander and service officer for George E. Dignam Post 526 (now Dignam-Whitmore Post), and also served as scoutmaster for several years of Boy Scout Troop 54, sponsored by the Post. Col. Johnson was one of the first to receive the Silver Beaver award in 1930 given for leadership in the Tecumseh Council, Boys Scouts of America. In the 1950s and '60s, he was active as national commander and newspaper editor of the National Association of Balloon Corps Veterans (NABCV) (WWI), and had contributed many artifacts to the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He also served two terms as regional vice president of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Col. Johnson began his military career in 1918 when he enlisted and was assigned to the 14th Balloon Company and saw WWI duty in France. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army Quartermaster Reserve in 1924, and later was called to serve active duty as a major. He served tours of duty in Orlando, Wright Field, Pacific Theater and in July 1945 was appointed to the War Department Equipment Board, headed by Gen. Joseph (Vinegar Joe) Stillwell, with rank of lieutenant colonel. In April '46, Johnson was assigned as chief of the Logistics Branch, Air Force Division of the National Guard, and during the next four years helped organize and equip 27 wings and 84 squadrons of the Air National Guard. Johnson was promoted to full colonel in June 1950 and saw duty in Wiesbaden, Germany, where he served as director, supply and services, Headquarters, USAFE. This was followed by a tour as director of material, Arnold Engineering Development Center, Tullahoma, Tenn. He was relieved from active duty in September '53, returned to civil service in Dayton, and retired from the Air Force in December 1958. His affiliations included Michael L. Finnell Lodge 764, F&AM; Aero Chapter 536, Order of Easter Star (past worthy patron); Antioch Shrine Temple, Dayton; High 12 Club of Dayton 69; Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Dayton; NARFE; American Association of Retired Persons; American Legion Post 526; VFW Post 6861, Fairborn; Voiture 40 and 8; Kittyhawk Chapter 70, Reserve Officers Association of the United States; and Retired Officers Association. A member of Trinity United Church of Christ, he was a charter member of the Aviation Hall of Fame and a past member of the USAFE Chapter, National Sojourners; Joppa Lodge, FAAM, and Joppa Chapter, OES, both in Washington, D.C.; Oregon Military Lodge, F&AM, Frankfurt, Germany; and the Square and Compass Club (serving as president) and the Star of Germany Chapter, OES, both in Wiesbaden. Col. Johnson is survived by a son, Glen R. Johnson Jr., Battle Creek, Mich.; daughter, Mary H. Amore, Beavercreek; eight grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife Vesta in January 1984; daughters Genevieve in 1958 and Lois Evelyn in 1927. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the Burcham Funeral Home. Full military honors will be observed and the Rev. Roger Burlingham will officiate. Burial will be in the Glen Haven Memorial Gardens, New Carlisle. Visitation will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Trinity United Church of Christ Elevator Fund, 821 N. Central Ave.


Father: John Lafayette Johnson born March 2, 1861
Mother: Katie Jane Blazer born September 24, 1864
Spouse: Vesta Christena Wilt born May 7, 1898
       Glen Roy Johnson, Jr. born December 5, 1917
       Genevieve Vesta Johnson born July 9, 1920
       Mary Helen Johnson born Private
       Lois Evelyn Johnson born June 9, 1927


Eva Johnson was born October 2, 1910 in an interurban car in Fortville, Indiana. Her mother, Clara Badgly, was unable to raise her and during her stay at St. Johns Hospital, Miss Badgly asked Katie Johnson to raise the baby. Since their only daughter had died after birth, Katie and John took Eva into their home and their hearts. The nuns at St. Johns would not allow a formal adoption, so Eva was never adopted by the Johnsons. Before Katie passed away, she told Eva about her biological mother and circumstances surrounding her birth.

Eva Johnson


Eva and John Skinner

News Article
Unknown Indiana Newspaper
Mother and Daughter to Be Reunited By Story in Herald
Echoes of twenty years ago were sounded yesterday when a mother and daughter who had been separated for that length of time found each other through the medium of The Anderson Herald. Twenty years ago October 2, 1910 a baby girl was born on an interurban car at Fortville. The child and mother were brought to St. John's hospital here. Limited circumstances prompted the mother to give her daughter to a woman at Fortville, who promised to rear the child. Four years ago the foster parent, Mrs. Charles Johnson, died. Shortly before her death Mrs. Johnson told her daughter, Eva Mary, about the adoption. Several years ago Miss Johnson married John Skinner of Fortville. During the past four years Mrs. Skinner has made every possible effort to find her real mother. Several days ago a letter was received at the Herald office from a woman in Chicago who saw an advertisement in a magazine carrying the name of Eva Mary Johnson mentioning her adoption when three days old at St. John's hospital. The woman, Mrs. Clara Badgly Grennells, 810 Berry avenue, Chicago, requested The Herald to print her appeal. Mrs. Skinner read the story which appeared Tuesday and is in communication with the Chicago woman. A meeting is to be arranged soon. Mrs. Skinner said she is confident that Mrs. Grennels is her mother as her mother's maiden name was Clara Badgly.

Eva's favorite movie star was Clara Bow and she wore outfits similar to those that Miss Bow made popular from her movie roles. The young girl was also very wild even after she married John Skinner. John was born about 1901. The couple had one child, Charles Leland "Buster" Skinner. Family rumor has it that Eva had many pregnancies illegally terminated both before and after her marriage. She did have one daughter later in life which she gave up for adoption. Eva died in September 1991 in Anderson, Madison County, Indiana. She was buried in the East Maplewood Cemetery in Anderson. Eva and John had divorced many years prior to her death. Contrary to the obituary, Eva's son and his family were still living and she had gotten to meet the daughter she gave up prior to her death.

Eva L. Skinner
Eva L. Skinner, 80, Anderson, died Sunday at Countryside Manor Healthcare Center after an extended illness.
She was born Oct. 5, 1910, in Anderson, and had lived in the Anderson area most of her life. She as a housekeeper/sitter and had lived at Harter House before moving to Countryside Manor. She was one of the original residents of Harter House.
There are no survivors.
Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at East Maplewood Cemetery with the Rev. Ron Spyker of First United Methodist Church officiating.


Father: John Lafayette Johnson born March 2, 1861
Mother: Katie Jane Blazer born September 24, 1864
Spouse: John Skinner born about 1901
       Charles Leland "Buster" Skinner born Private

Child: Lynn born Private



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