“Journeys With a Gratiot Cemetarian” 1.2: Grover C. Johnson, WWI Veteran, North Star Cemetery

 

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Grover Cleveland Johnson was born May 11, 1891 in Perry, Michigan. His parents were James and Marilla Johnson. Not much is known about Grover’s personal life, however, his mother passed away before the start of World War I. Prior to entering the service Grover worked as a teamster. On May 11, 1918, as a private,  he entered Columbus Barracks, Ohio. He was sent to Camp McArthur, Texas one week later and served in Company A in the 19th Machine Gun Battalion.  He was then transferred to Company H of the 5th Development Battalion. Due to the end of the war and demobilization, Grover was discharged on November 19, 1918 – just over one week after the Armistice took place in Europe. After the war, Grover worked for the Furnstedt Manufacturing Company. He eventually married and moved to Washington Township around 1950. Grover Cleveland Johnson died on April 13, 1960.  He is one of many Gratiot County men and women who served their country, state, and county during time of war. Grover Cleveland Johnson is buried in North Star Cemetery.

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