Johnstons (Cooper Co., MO)

Some Missouri news articles about descendants of John Benoni Thaxton Johnston (1812-1888), son of Alexander Johnston and Rachel Thaxton, grandson of John Thaxton of Wilkes Co., N.C., and Warren Co., Tenn:

Chillicothe Constitution, 13 Aug 1915:

Col. Johnston, of Boonville, principal of the Kemper Military school for Boys, was in town several hours today, en route to his home from Colorado. Col. and Mrs. Johnston are relatives of Mrs. Jonathan Hawley.


Daily Capital News (Jefferson City), 17 Sep 1931:

In September, 1867, Thomas Alexander Johnston enrolled as a student at what was then known as the Kemper Family School in Boonville. After finishing the course at this school, he finished his education at the University of Missouri and fifty-nine years ago he became a member of the Kemper Military School
faculty. For fifty three years he was president of the school and is still president of the Board. On
November 13th, he will celebrate his 83d birthday. He is one of the most successful school men and educators in Missouri, and probably has as many successful men to his credit as any other half dozen
educators in the state.


Moberly Monitor-Index, Friday, 18 Aug 1933:

Mrs. T. A. Johnston, Boonville, Dies

BOONVILLE, Mo., Aug. 18. AP —Mrs. T. A. Johnston, wife of the president of Kemper Military School here, died early today after an illness of a week.

Mrs. Johnston, who had an active part in building the Academy was born near Marshall, Saline County, June 27, 1877. She was married to Col. Johnston, then a teacher in the Kemper Family School, and together they took over management of the institution.

Besides her husband Mrs. Johnston is survived by two sons, Col. Rea Johnston and Major Harris Johnston, of Boonville, two daughters, Mrs. A. M. Hitch, Boonville and Mrs. Alice Foster of Ft. Bliss, Texas, and five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Presbyterian Church here at 4 p. m. Sunday.

Jefferson City Post-Tribune, 23 Mar 1933:


WARRENSBURG, MO., March 23—(AP)—Police Judge W. F. Johnston, 82, former member of the state house of representatives from Cooper county, died here yesterday. Col. T .A, Johnston, head of Kemper Military School at Boonville, was a brother.

Moberly Monitor-Index, Tuesday, 06 Feb 1934:

Dr. T. A. Johnston, Head of Kernper, Dies at Boonville

BOONVILLE, Mo., Feb. 6 AP—Dr. Thomas A. Johnston, 85, president of Kemper Military School and associated with it since its inception in 1872, died late yesterday at his home.

Dr. Johnston attracted statewide attention in 1923 when he staked almost his entire fortune to assume frozen assets of the closed Old Trails Bank, enabling the institution to reopen as the Kemper State Bank without the loss of a cent to depositors. He was educated at the University of Missouri where Eugene Field, the poet, was his personal friend and classmate. For a time he served as assistant instructor of Latin at the university.

Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune, 27 May 1936:

Col. and Mrs. A. M. Hitch of Boonville will leave overland this week for New York, from which place they will sail for England to visit their two sons, students at Oxford, who will accompany them on a trip through Europe. Mrs. Hitch is well known in Chillicothe and is a cousin of Mrs. J. F. Hawley. Mr. Hitch is head of Kemper Military Academy.


Daily Capital News (Jefferson City), 18 Mar 1944:

Noted Boonville Resident and State Leader is Dead
Col. R. A. Johnston Dies After Brief Illness

BOONVILLE, MO., March 17 (AP)— Col. R. A. Johnston, 65, president of the Missouri State Chamber of Commerce, died today. He had been ill several weeks and recently had submitted to an operation.

Funeral services for the widely known busines man will be held Sunday afternoon at the Presbyterian church, of which Colonel Johnston was chairman of the Board of Deacons. The Rev. Duncan Crockett will have

A son, Major Johnston, is expected to arrive in time to arrange for whatever military services there will be. These arrangements have not been completed.

Colonel Johnston was commander of the 128th Field Artillery, Missouri National Guard and active in many civic and business fields. He had only recently been named a member of the state resources and development commission, was president of the Cooper County War Dads Chapter, chairman of the county Defense Council, director of the Kemper State Bank, an officer of the Boonville Development Company and president of the Davis Construction company. He had served two term as mayor here.

Colonel Johnston was born at Kemper Military school where his father was serving as superintendent. He was a member of the Kemper staff for a time.

Gov. Forrest Donnell expressed sorrow at the Colonel’s death, saying the state had lost the services of a valuable member of the resources committee.

Jefferson City Post-Tribune, 21 Feb 1956:

Col. Arthur Hitch Dies at Boonville

BOONVILLE, Mo., Wl — Col. Arthur M. Hitch, 80, a leader of the Kemper Military School more than half a century, died last night after a long illness.

Beside his work at the school Hitch played a prominent role in many other community activities. He joined the Kemper staff in 1899, became principal in 1907, was named superintendent in 1928 and held that post until he resigned in 1949. In addition he was rnade president of the board in 1934 and held the position until his death. Some of the organizations he formerly headed included: American Assn. of Military School and Colleges, the American Assn. of Junior Colleges, Private School Assn. of the Central States, Central Missouri State College Board of Regents, and Central Missouri Area Boy Scouts.

His widow, two sons, three granddaughters and a grandson survive.


News and Tribune (Jefferson City), Sunday, 24 Jul 1966:

Mrs. A. M. Hitch Dies at Boonville

BOONVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Mrs. Bertha Johnston Hitch, 88, widow of Col. Arthur M. Hitch, once superintendent of Kemper Military School, died at her home here Saturday after a long illness.

Mrs. Hitch, who spent nearly all her life in Boonville, was the daughter of Col. and Mrs. Thomas A. Johnston. Johnston was superintendent of Kemper for 47 years and Hitch became his successor when he retired. Hitch
died in 1956 after serving 15 years as superintendent and 22 years as president of the board of directors.

Mrs. Hitch was the mother of Charles J. Hitch, vice chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, and a former assistant Secretary of Defense. Another son, Thomas Kemper Hitch, Honolulu, and a sister, Mrs. R. J. Foster, San Francisco, also survive.


News and Tribune (Jefferson City), 02 Jun 1963:

Ex-Kemper Academy President Dies at 80

BOONVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Col. Harris Johnston, who was born at Kemper Military School and
served as its president eight years, died Friday at the age of 80.

His father, Col. Alexander T. Johnston, played a prominent role in building the school. Harris Johnston for many years was athletic director, then quartermaster,
and—from 1949 to his retirement in 1957—president of the school.

His widow, two daughters and two sisters survive.

Arcadia (Calif.) Tribune, 05 Jun 1980:


Carrie J. Eames, of Westminister Gardens died in Duarte, June 2. She is survived by three sons: William R. Eames of Mission Viejo, John L. Eames of Diamond Bar, and Charlie M. Eames, Jr., of Glendora. She is also survived by a sister, Blanche R. Johnston of Warrensburg, Mo., nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Memorial services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Packard Hall in Westminister Gardens in Duarte. Internment will be at Mountain View Mausoleum in Altadena. Contributions may be made in her memory to Westminister Gardens Memorial Fund. Douglas and Zook Mortuary Directors.

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