Sunday, August 28, 2011

Elmer Levi Johnson - burial

Mari and Ole Finnestad's great grandson, Elmer Levi Johnson was buried a few rows away from his parents Andrea Elizabeth (Knutson) and Lambert Johnson at the St John's Lutheran Cemetery (South) near Cylinder, Iowa.

Elmer was born August 12, 1898 in Cylinder, Iowa and died March 20, 1919, also in Cylinder Iowa.  Elmer went back to Palo Alto county, Iowa sometime prior to registering for the draft during World War I.    I'm not sure whether Elmer had ever actually served based upon the disqualification listed on his draft registration card even though his headstone included the "US Veteran" marker.

After the death of his mother (Lizzie), Elmer was raised by his grandparents, Elizabeth (Finnestad) and Ole Andreas (Andrew) Knutson in Rochelle, Ogle County, Illinois.   The 1900 US Census listed his name as Elmer "Leway" which made it difficult to track down his parents, Andrea and Lambert Johnson.

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