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Colorado Marriages
County Groom Bride Date
Eagle Johns, George Denny, Maria  14 Sep 1903 
Weld Johns, Rudolph Moore, Allie 7/16/1874

Clarke Publishing Co. (1918) Vol. II p. 380, 382


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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