Friday, May 2, 2008


Johnson, Albert J.

The East Liverpool Tribune


Death Due to Injuries Received at Girard, O., Over Three Months Ago


Albert J. Johnson, aged 57 years, for two years sheriff of Columbiana county, died at 3 o'clock Monday morning (Sept. 3, 1906) at Lisbond <sic> from nervous prostration and congestion of the brain. He had been ill since May 12.

Funeral services will be held in this city Wednesday and will be in charge of Pilgram commandery, Knights Templar.

Mr. Johnson was a native of East Liverpool. After completing an early education he went to work in the potteries, and worked as a kilnman, dipper and fireman. His last work in the potteries was at the D. E. McNicol plan, where he worked as a dipper.

In 1876 he married Miss Annie Caroline Gransebaugh. Six children were born. They are Herbert H., Mrs. Robert Wells, A. F. Johnson, Katherine Brooks Johnson, Frank C., and Annie Caroline Johnson.

Herbert W. Johnson, of East Market street is the only brother and Miss Sarah Johnson, who in an invalid and who had made her home at Lisbon with the family, is the only sister. His parents are dead.

Herbert Johnson has been in Europe during the summer. He arrived at New York last Saturday and has been spending his time in the east since. Se sent a telegram from Philadelphia to his mother Monday, announcing that he would arrive at Salem Monday night. He did not learn of the death of his father until he reached there. A carriage awaited him, and he was driven immediately to Lisbon.

Mr. Johnson entered upon his political carrer <sic> when he was elected city marshal in 1896 during the last term of Addison V. Gilbert. He served two years under the Gilbert administration and was elected to succeed himself in 1898 and served under the administration of Charles F. Bough.

AT the end of this term he was a candidate at the nomination for the mayoralty but was defeated by William C. Davidson. He remained out of the political field until 1903 when he was elected on the Republican ticket for sheriff, succeeding Sheriff Leonard, a democrat, who was elected from Wellsville.

His second term as sheriff would have commenced January 1. He was re-elected last fall on the Republican ticket, having no opposition at the nomination.

Between the time he was Marshal and Sheriff he worked at the McNicol pottery as a dipper.

He was a thirty-second degree Mason, a member of Riddle Lodge No.315, East Liverpool Chapter No. 100 Pilgram commandery Knights Templar No. 55, and Lake Erie Consistory S. P. R. S. He was also identified with the Odd Fellows Lodge of East Liverpool and was a member of B. P. O. E. No. 258.

Mr. Johnson went to Girard May 12, and in some manner was struck by a street car. He was removed to a hospital and later taken to Lisbon. He had hovered between life and death since, and upon several occasions hope was given up.

He was always identified with the several local unions while he was employed at the trade, and was prominently known as a friend of unionism.

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