June 22, 1909
The news of Joseph Johnson's death from pneumonia Sunday 
afternoon came as a shock to his many friends and neighbors 
throughout this section of the country where he has been a 
resident for the past twenty seven years. Throughout the week 
it has been known that he was a very sick man but his 
condition was not considered alarming until late Saturday.
The funeral services were held yesterday afternoon from the 
tabernacle attended by a large number of friends and relatives. 
The remains were laid to rest in the Mesa Cemetery.
The deceased came to Mesa with his family in 1882 from Utah, 
locating at first in Tempe, later moving to his farm southwest 
of town in Nephi, where he continued to reside until a year 
ago, when he purchased the Schuele grape vineyard in 
partnership with A. Openshaw where he resided until his 
death.  He leaves a wife and several children to mourn his 
death.  He was sixty years of age and a hardworking honest