Chester Merrill Johnson

12 May 1916–2 July 1984 (Age 68)
Kalamazoo Township, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

The Life of Chester Merrill

When Chester Merrill Johnson was born on 12 May 1916, in Kalamazoo Township, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States, his father, Alfred Lewis Johnson, was 27 and his mother, Fannie Amanda Johnson, was 21. He married Zelma Catherine Droubay on 3 June 1941, in Carson City, Nevada, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He registered for military service in 1939. He died on 2 July 1984, in Brevard, Florida, United States, at the age of 68.

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Family Time Line

Chester Merrill Johnson
Zelma Catherine Droubay
Marriage: 3 June 1941
Florence Louise Johnson

Spouse and Children

3 June 1941
Carson City, Nevada, United States


    Florence Louise Johnson


Parents and Siblings



+6 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 1

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.
1918 · Chapman Branch Library

Age 2

The Chapman Branch Library is a Carnegie library that was built in 1918 and is now is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 18

Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 

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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Story Highlight

Chester Merrill Johnson

Chester was born May 12, 1916 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Alfred Lewis Johnson and Fannie Amanda Hoadley. The first child born was Albert Eugene 1911 and died 1973. The second child Lewis A. born …

Sources (3)

  • Chester M Johnson in household of Alfred Johnson, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Chester Merrill Johnson, "Utah, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1947"
  • Chester Merrill Johnson, "Utah, World War II Index to Army Veterans of Utah, 1939-1945"

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