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Johnson, Charles H.

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This book has no cover, and no index, and no author. I bought it on Ebay; it just has the insides, but it is full of Indiana biographies. I am not researching this family, just thought I would share. I do not know anymore about these families or these surnames. NOTE: I don't know if there is any additional mention of this family in the book, it has no index. I do not want to sell this book. I am typing the biographies from it.

Surnames in this biography: Hemenway, JOHNSON, Hargrave, Bohannon, Cady, Powell, Hislop, Downs, Laswell,

CHARLES H. JOHNSON. In his native City of Boonville, judicial center of Warrick County, Mr. Johnson is able to give specially effective and constructive communal service through the medium of the Boonville Standard, of which he is editor and publisher, and which he makes a valuable exponent of the varied interests of the city and county as well as an effective vehicle of the general news of the day. Mr. Johnson was born at Boonville and the place of his nativity was the house in which he still resides. He is a son of John and Mariamnia (Hemenway) Johnson, both likewise natives of Southern Indiana, where they were born and reared and where they passed their entire lives, John Johnson having been a representative merchant at Boonville at the time of his death, December 20, 1894. 

His first wife was Emaline Hemenway, an elder sister of his second wife, and she died when comparatively a young woman, the two children of this union having been Ammie and Sadie, both being deceased. Ammie was the wife of Rev. Curran E. Hargrave, a clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and her sister, Sadie, died at the age of eighteen. Of the children of the second marriage the eldest is Margaret B., who is the wife of Charles Bohannon, their home being in Des Moines, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Bohannon have three children. Charles H., of this review, was next in order of birth. Jessie died in childhood. Katie H. is the wife of J. F. Cady, a photographist in Boonville, and they have three children. John B., an accountant by vocation, and now a resident of Joplin, Missouri, married Miss Dove Powell, who was born and reared in that state. Robert F., youngest of the children, is serving as postmaster at Boonville. He married Miss Mary Hislop and they have two children. 

To the public schools of his native City of Boonville Charles H. Johnson is indebted for his youthful education, which was effectively advanced by his service in the office of the Boonville Enquirer, in which he initiated his apprenticeship to the printer?s trade when he was a lad of fifteen years and in which he continued his service fourteen years, he having won advancement from the dignified status of ?printer?s devil? through the various grades and departments of service until he functions as editor. In 1899, he became a compositor in the office of the Boonville Standard, with which he continued to be associated until 1905, when he formed a partnership with Thomas Downs in the publishing of the Boonville Republican. Of this paper he became business manager and Mr. Downs the editor, and after one month the two purchased the plant and business of the Boonville Standard, on the 6th of January, 1906, and consolidated the two papers under the title of Boonville Standard. Upon the death of Mr. Downs, April 1, 1928, Mr. Johnson purchased his interest in the business from the widow of Mr. Downs, and he has since continued in full control as editor and publisher of the Boonville Standard. The plant of this progressive weekly newspaper is modern in equipment, with an excellent job department, and the paper is maintained at high standard in all phases of its communal service. 

Mr. Johnson is one of the influential figures in the councils and campaign activities of the Republican Party in his native county and his paper is a stalwart advocate of the principles of the party. Mr. Johnson has been officially connected with the Warrick County Republican organization more than thirty years, his service having been principally in the positions of secretary and treasurer. He is a first cousin of Hon. James A. Hemenway, United States senator from Indiana. Mr. Johnson is affiliated with both York and Scottish Rite bodies of the Masonic fraternity, and has membership also in the Knights of Pythias. He served five years as township clerk and was for several years president of the township board. In addition to his newspaper plant and building Mr. Johnson owns other real estate at Boonville, including the attractive old home in which he was born, and he is a stockholder in the Peoples Trust & Savings Bank in his native city. 

May 19, 1911, marked the marriage of Mr. Johnson to Miss Emma H. Laswell, daughter of Uriah and Louisa Laswell, of Boonville. Charles Richard, only child of Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, was born April 3, 1912, and is a graduate in the class of 1930 from the home high school, and is now attending Indiana University. He is an accomplished cornetist and belongs to the university band and orchestra and the famous Bandoleers Orchestra. In a contest to select representatives to participate in a musical festival from fourteen states, conducted by the Chicago Tribune in August, 1930, Richard Johnson was the only instrumentalist in the states of Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky to be sent to Chicago with all expenses paid. The tri-state contest was conducted by the Courier-Journal of Evansville.

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