Source: North Manchester Journal, May 26, 1898
DEATH OF C.D. JOHNSON
Well Known Citizen Passes Away after Months of Suffering from Cancer of the Face.
After months of intense suffering with the terrible disease of cancer, which slowly sapped his life away, C.D. Johnson passed quietly away on the afternoon of Thursday May 19. For nearly a year past he had been suffering with the disease which constantly grew upon him in spite of all medical and surgical efforts to stop it.
Cyrus D. Johnson was the son of Joseph and Christina Johnson and was born in Fredericktown, Pa., March 21, 1844. He learned the trade of blacksmith which he followed for many years and at the breaking out of the war he enlisted in the 22d Pennsylvania regiment, afterward being employed by the government as an army blacksmith. He came to Indiana and this place in 1865 and opened a blacksmith shop, but on the building of railroads through the town he started a dray line which he merged by degrees into the livery stable and bus line business, which he conducted successfully up to the time of his death.
Probably no citizen of this place was more widely known than C.D. Johnson who for years attended all trains and formed the acquaintance of nearly everyone who came to the town. He was a hard working, industrious man with a generous heart and a kindly disposition and respected by all who knew him. He was married to Emma Working, his now bereft wife, May 19, 1866, and to them was born one son, Charley, who is at Chickamauga with Co. D, 157th regiment and was not able to be present at the funeral. During the latter days of his life, under the pastorate of Rev. J.B. Ford, Mr. Johnson united with the M.E. church and died in the promise of a blessed immortality.
His funeral took place Sunday afternoon from the M.E. church, sermon by Rev Ford to a large concourse of sympathising friends. The display of flowers was very lavish. Burial took place in Oak Lawn cemetery. His death is mourned by many friends and his family have the sympathy of the entire community. Mr. Johnson was a man of great kindliness of heart and generous impulses and his untimely death is generally regretted.