Tampico Tornado Thursday, April 24, 1947
Miss Lois M Burkhart, lovely daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ulrich Burkhart of Monroe, La., and Pfc. Howard R. Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred E. Johnson of Tampico, were united in marriage Easter Sunday Evening at six o'clock at the Mangum Memoral Methodist church in the Queensborough district of Shreveport, La. by Reverend Charles Smith.
The church was beautifully decorated in keeping with the Easter season. The bride wore a white suit with white accessories and a beautiful white, purple-throated orchid as a corsage.
The bridal attendants were Mina Annis Cook of Fort Worth, Texas, friend of the bride, and Ben J. Young, friend of the couple. Other friends witnessing the ceremony were Miss Evelyn Hensley, Helen Steady and Lucille Vivon, all of Barksdale Field.
Immediately following the ceremony a miniature reception was held at the Washington-Youree hotel, where the newlyweds spent their honeymoon. Present at the reception besides Pfc. and Mrs. Johnson were Pfc. and Mrs. George Klinger, Miss Cook, Raymond Dougherty, Ned Browning, Herschel I. Kern and Mr. Youn.
The newlywedded couple have an apartment at 1627 Maple St., Shreveport where they will reside as long as the groom is stationed at Barksdale Field. They plan to visit his parents in a few weeks.
Thursday, May 15, 1947
PFC. HOWARD JOHNSON KILLED BY BUS
Mr. & Mrs. Fred E. Johnson recieved the tragic news Saturday morning of the death of their only son, Pfc. Howard R. Johnson which occurred at 11:00 the night before. No details of the accident are known except that he was killed by a city bus in Shreveport, La. where he was serving as teletype instructor in the army air corps at Barksdale Field.
Mr. and Mrs. Johnson and their daughter, Mrs. Robert Rush, were taken to Chicago Saturday afternoon by Mr. Rush and took a train for Shreveport where they attended the funeral services and burial Monday afternoon.
Howard, who would have been 19 in September attended the Tampico schools and before entering the air corps worked at the carpenter trade. On enlistment he went toFort Sheridan and was transferred to a camp near San Antonio, Texas. Last September he was sent to Scott Field, near Belleville, Ill. as a teletype operator and two months later was sent to Barksdale Field as an instructor.
On April 6th last he married Miss Lois M. Barkhart of Shreveport and at the time of his untimely death, he and his bride were making plans to visit his family here.
The family has the sincere sympathy of the entire community.
The Tampico Tornado
Thursday, May 22, 1947
MILITARY FUNERAL FOR PFC. HOWARD R. JOHNSON
Funeral services for Pfc. Howard Russell Johnson were held in the chapel at Barksdale Field, La. at 2:00 Monday, May 12th. Chaplain (Capt.) Lansing conducted a full military service using the 23rd psalm as the theme of his message. There were eight pallbearers, eight honorary pallbearers and a firing squad, all buddies of Pfc. Johnson.
Burial was in Forest Park cemetery, Shreveport, La. in the section which is newly didicated to servicmen of Worl War II. There were many beautiful floral offerings, both from this community and from Squadron A-5 with which he was associated as teletype operator in the signal center.
Howard had just taken his final test under USAFI which entitled him to receive his high school diploma.
Among those who attended the servies besides Mr. and Mrs. Fred Johnson and Mrs. Robert Rush from here, were Jack Teach, formerely of Tampico, Mrs. Jack Teach and her mother, Mrs. Henry I. Withers, all of Shreveport.