Napoleon Bonaparte Johnson m Lydia Alice McGaughy 19 January 1919

Napoleon Johnson was born 31 May 1894, in Rock Falls, IL, the seventh of nine children of Thomas Merrill and Hattie Ellen (Duggan) Johnson.  He was living with his parents in 1900 in Rock Falls.  Thomas and Hattie divorced after Thomas shot at her, coming close enough that he put a hole in her skirt. 

In 1910, I found a Napoleon B. Johnson, 14, born Illinois, in the Idaho Training School.  Is this the same person? It probably is, although this record just says his parents were both born in the United States. Hattie had eventually moved west, and married Fred Golden in Idaho.  Perhaps young Napoleon was not doing well at home.   A 1933 description of the school says:  The Idaho Industrial Training school was created by an act of the legislature in 1903 and is located two miles west of St. Anthony. In the 30 years of its existence it has developed into a nationally known institution, and now ranks among the top three correctional schools in the United States. There are now 18 buildings, 15 of them brick, including a hospital, gymnasium with tiled swimming pool, and one of the most modern class room buildings in the west. The two latter are among those built by the boys in the school with bricks made in the school brickyard. Trades of many kinds are taught, and music is stressed in band and orchestra. The girls’ cottages were built one-half mile east of the main group of buildings. An average of 225 boys and 65 girls were in the school last year and there are 53 officers in charge of the various phases of work. Six hundred fifty acres are included in the school farm, and 110 registered Holsteins are included in the dairy herd.

By 1917, Napoleon had moved to San Diego, and worked as a motorman for the San Diego Electric Railway.  He registered for the draft, and said he was single, but claimed exemption as a member of Assembly of ??? (the draft card image was cut off.)

Lydia Alice McGaughy was born 22 November 1898 in Oklahoma.  She and Napoleon were married 19 Jan 1919, in Puyallup WA.  In 1920, they lived in Puyallup with their daughter Doris.  Napoleon was a truck driver for a wood business, and Lydia’s parents lived with them.

They still lived in Puyallup at the time of the 1930 census, and had a new son, James Joseph Johnson.  Napoleon was a laborer at a concrete factory.  Sometime after 1930, Napoleon and Lydia divorced, and he married Isabel Jordan 21 August 1940 in Tacoma.  Napoleon died 25 February 1952 in Seattle, and Isabel died the following year.


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