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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Raymond H. Johnson

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 168-171 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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None of Amsterdam's enterprising young business men is deserving of greater credit nor commands higher respect than does Raymond H. Johnson, who made thorough preparation for his chosen vocation and is now numbered among the city's foremost morticians. He was born June 22, 1892, a son of E. Wells and Lettie (Woodworth) Johnson, and has always resided in Amsterdam, being one of its most loyal citizens. He attended the public schools and afterward completed a course in the Renouard School of Embalming in New York city. He gained valuable experience in the undertaking establishment owned by the W. Max Reid estate, with which he was connected from 1911 until 1913, and then formed a partnership with Edwin D. Lindsay, with whom he has since been associated. In the intervening period of eleven years the business has grown steadily and the firm of Johnson & Lindsay now has one of the finest undertaking establishments in the city. Its service is adapted to every need and its personnel is capable and experienced, while the equipment is the best the market affords.

On the 10th of November, 1914, Mr. Johnson was married to Miss Ethel M. Staley, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Staley of Amsterdam. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson have one child, Raymond H. Johnson, Jr., who was born March 18, 1920. Mr. Johnson is an adherent of the republican party, but has never been active in politics, and his religious views are indicated by his affiliation with the First Methodist Episcopal church, of which he is a regular attendant, contributing liberally toward its support. He is identified with the Masonic fraternity, belonging to Welcome Lodge, No. 849, F. & A. M., and also to the chapter and Shrine. He is connected with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Knights of Pythias, the Improved Order of Red Men, the Loyal Order of Moose and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Mr. Johnson is a member of the Masonic Club and has been chairman of its entertainment committee for the past three years. He is also a Rotarian and one of the directors of the Amsterdam Automobile Club and the Young Men's Christian Association. He is a member of the Amsterdam board of trade, an association composed of the leading business men of the city who realize the value of concerted action, and in the work of this organization he takes a deep interest.

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