||14 Sep 1903
Clarke Publishing Co. (1918) Vol. II p. 380, 382
HON. RUDOLPH H. JOHNS.
A spirit of enterprise actuated Rudolph H. Johns at every point
in his career and he contributed most largely to the development,
upbuilding and welfare of Weld county, where for many years he made
his home, being an honored and valued resident of Greeley. He was
born in Mansfield, Ohio, May 20, 1831, and was a son of William
and Anna (Harley) Johns, who were natives of Pottstown, Pennsylvania,
while their ancestors came from Germany. The father was a foundryman
and operated a foundry in Mansfield, Ohio, at an early day, continuing
in that line of business until he was called to his final rest.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Johns have long since passed away.
Hon. Rudolph H. Johns attended college in his native state, was
married there and afterward removed to Mankato, Minnesota, where
he resided for a time or until the 28th of November, 1873, when
he came to Colorado, making Evans his destination. Later he took
up his abode at Greeley, Weld county, and opened a livery stable,
which he conducted for a short time. He then sold that property
and went to Leadville, Colorado, where he resided for seven years,
acting as classifier of ores at the smelting works in that place.
On the expiration of the period he returned to Greeley with the
intention of settling down and retiring from active business, but
he was appointed postmaster on the 22d of March, 1888, and served
in the capacity for five years, proving one of the best incumbents
in the office that Greeley has ever had. He was largely instrumental
in establishing the free delivery system and he proved a very popular
and prominent official, securing a new postoffice building for Greeley
and doing everything in his power to advance the mail service of
the community. He had been very successful in his business affairs
while in Leadville and made considerable money. being paid the highest
salary at the smelting works, while his wife received an equal salary.
They made wise investment of their earnings and their property holdings
steadily increased. Mrs. Callie Johns still owns some of this property.
Mr. Johns also conducted a grocery business for five years but retired
from mercantile pursuits on account of his health. He was ill for
about four years prior to his death, which occurred on the 28th
of November, 1904, when he had reached the age of seventy-three
years and six months. In early manhood Mr. Johns was united
in marriage to Miss Jennie Moore and to them were born two daughters.
Minnie became the wife of M. R. Espie and had three children, two
daughters and a son, and the two daughters are married and have
children. Jennie H. Johns is a resident of San Francisco. The wife
and mother passed away June 17, 1857, and on the 16th of July, 1874,
Mr. Johns was married again, his second union being with Callie
Moore, a daughter of John and Harriett M. (Briggs) Moore, who were
natives of Nichols. New York. Her father was a farmer and merchant
and always resided in the Empire state where his death occurred.
His wife passed away March 23. 1877, To the second marriage of Mr.
Johns was born a daughter, Georgia Anna, who died in infancy. Mr.
Johns served in several public offices in Greeley, the duties of
which he discharged with marked promptness and fidelity. He was
a very prominent Mason and served as master of his lodge for two
years. In an early day he engaged in freighting from Greeley to
the Black Hills for a year, at which time Indians were not only
very numerous but maintained a most hostile attitude toward the
white people. Mrs. Johns accompanied her husband on these trips
and for eight months of that year she did not sleep in a house.
Many a morning she awoke in a snow storm. That conditions have greatly
changed is indicated in her present fine home at No. 1803 Tenth
avenue in Greeley, where she is surrounded by all of the comforts
and many of the luxuries of life. In his political views Mr. Johns
was a stalwart democrat but never an office seeker. His religious
faith was that of the Presbyterian church and he guided his life
according to its teachings, his entire career ever being that of
an honorable and upright man, who well merited the confidence, respect
and regard uniformly tendered him.
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