Joseph Alexander Johnson

1864–14 April 1937 (Age 73)
Decatur, Iowa, United States

The Life of Joseph Alexander

When Joseph Alexander Johnson was born in 1864, in Decatur, Iowa, United States, his father, Joseph A. Johnson, was 32 and his mother, Eliza Ellen Owens, was 31. He married Helen Alice Judson on 15 August 1906, in Colville, Stevens, Washington, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Center Township, Decatur, Iowa, United States in 1880 and Spokane, Spokane, Washington, United States for about 20 years. He died on 14 April 1937, in Seattle, King, Washington, United States, at the age of 73.

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Joseph Alexander Johnson
Helen Alice Judson
Marriage: 15 August 1906
Francis P Johnson
Dorris Eliza Johnston
Constance Alice Johnson

Spouse and Children

15 August 1906
Colville, Stevens, Washington, United States


    Francis P Johnson


    Dorris Eliza Johnston



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World Events (8)


Age 1

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
1867 · The Burtis Opera House

Age 3

The Burtis Opera House opened in Davenport and could easily hold an audience of 1,600. It was a widely used facility and Mark Twain filled the house when he spoke on tour in 1869. It was also used to house Susan B. Anthony when she lectured on the woman's right to vote. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra played its first concert as the new Tri-City Symphony in the Opera House. An arsonist set fire to the building on the evening of April 26, 1921, and the building was severely destroyed. The building was rebuilt but was no longer used as an opera house.
1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 20

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: patronymic from the personal name John . As an American family name, Johnson has absorbed patronymics and many other derivatives of this name in continental European languages. (For forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 .)

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Joseph Johnson in household of Joseph Johnson, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Joseph A Johnston, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Joseph A Johnson in household of Joseph A Johnson, "United States Census, 1880"

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