Johnson Child Killed When Struck By Car

            Dated Thursday, November 12, 1953                 Died November 9, 1953  


Huntertown – Shirley Johnson, 10-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Johnson, R. 2, Churubusco, was killed instantly at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday when struck by a passing automobile on highway 3, directly in front of the Huntertown School.


The child was walking across the street, eastward, hand-in-hand with Judy Sible.  The Sible child was not injured.  The children had left the car of Mrs. Clarence Sible, Judy’s mother and were on their way to a basketball game at the Huntertown School gymnasium.


The driver of the northbound automobile which struck the child was Henry J. Eagle, R. 1, Rome City.  He estimated his spped at 28 to 30 miles an hour and stated that he did not see the children on the dark street until the right front fender of his car struck the Johnson child.  She was tossed under a parked car on the east side of the street.  Deputy Sheriff Robert Bender and Indiana State Trooper Robert Endres investigated the accident. 


The Johnson child was rushed to the St. Joseph’s Hospital in Fort Wayne but was dead on arrival.  She suffered a skull fracture, cerebral concussion and fractures of the right thigh and lower right leg.


Officials stated that the accident report would be referred to Dr. H. Paul Miller, Allen County Coroner, for further investigation.


Surviving relatives in addition to the parents are:

            4 brothers

                        Lee of Swan Township

                        Paul and Keith, both of Fort Wayne

                        Phillip, Churubusco

            3 sisters:

                        Mary, Janette and Janice, all at home

            Paternal grandmother, Mrs. W. A. Johnson, R. 2, Churubusco.


The body was taken to the Sonday Funeral Home in Churubusco where friends may call until noon Friday.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Wesley Chapel, the Rev. Ernest Minegan officiating.  Burial will be in the Eel River Cemetery.   





David Johnston, For Many YEARS, Resident of Fort Wayne, Dies In Eel River Township; Rites Sunday


            DAVID JOHNSTON, age 97, pioneer resident of Eel river Township, Allen County, and for many years a resident of Fort Wayne, died of paralysis Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at home of a son, WILL JOHNSTON, of Eel River Township. He suffered a stroke Monday.

            Mr. Johnson is believed to have been one on the first white babies born in Eel River Township, on August 3, 1836, a son of MR. and MRS. JOHN R. JOHNSTON. His father and two of his father’s brothers, JOSEPH and DAVID JOHNSTON, are credited with having been among the first white men to settle on farmland of Allen County. They claimed farms in Eel River Township 100 years ago.

            The deceased had lived at 2914 Abbott Street, this city, until the death of his second wife, MRS. JANE SIEGMUND JOHNSTON, last August 20. He then went to make his home with the son. His wife was credited with having been instrumental in bringing about the arrest of Jeff Davis, president of the Confederate States, by Union troops the presence near her home of a suspicious character, who was found, upon capture, to be Davis.


            Funeral services for Mr. Johnston will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Eel River Baptist Church with Rev. E.J. Hults, pastor of the Churubusco M. E. Circuit, officiating. Burial will be in Eel River Cemetery.

            Five generations survive the aged man. Surviving are two sons, JOHN, of this city, and WILL, of Eel River Township; three daughters, MRS. DANIEL WINEBRENNER, of Fort Wayne, MRS. ALMEDA ARNOLD, of Churubusco, and MRS. CLARK SIBLE, of Eel River Township, a step-daughter, MRS. EMMA MILLER, of Churubusco; a brother, W.H. JOHNSTON, of Fort Wayne; 12 grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren, and great-great-great grandchildren. A sister died in Florida last January 8 at the age of 95.


 Mr. Johnson was born and reared in a log cabin in Eel River Township, on Johnston Road about two miles east of what is now State Road No. 2. He attended a log school known as the old Hickory School, which was the only school in the territory. Mr. Johnston recalled in an interview with a News-Sentinel reporter in 1931 how the pupils sat on split logs and wrote on boards on the wall.

            Mr. Johnston taught school as a young man for five “quarters” in log schools across the line in Whitley County, a “quarter” being a winter term of three months. He drove oxen teams to Fort Wayne during the early days.

            At the time of his marriage in 1857, Mr. Johnston built a log cabin for his bride and they lived in the pioneer home about 20 years. His first wife died in 1911.

            He moved from Eel River Township in 1906 to Churubusco and lived there until coming to Fort Wayne in June 1913 at the time of his marriage to Jane Siegmund. They lived at 2914 Abbott Street until her death.

News-Sentinel _____ 12, 1934