#7. Dorothy Eliza Bishop

Dorothy Eliza Bishop

B 27 February 1914  |  Atlantic, IA, USA

D 10 June 2001  |  Gresham, OR, USA

M 24 June 1942 (Melvin Wallace Johnson)  |  Atlantic, IA, USA

M 5 May 1946 (Arlo James Campbell)  |  Missouri Valley, IA, USA

Dorothy was born in Cass County, near Lewis, IA on February 27, 1914. The daughter of Eliza Helena Woche Bishop. She graduated from high school and teacher's college, a rural school teacher in Cass County for 8 years and then a typist-clerk for two years in the Department of Social Welfare, Harrison County. She married Melvin Wallace Johnson of Atlantic who died during the war in France. To this union, one daughter, Elaine Kathryn Johnson, was born. On 5 May 1946 she was married to Arlo James Campbell at Missouri Valley. They had two children, James Alden and Jane Denise. They later moved to Pueblo, CO where they both worked at the Colorado State Hospital for a number of years. They later moved to Springer, NM and then retired to Gresham, OR where they could be close to their daughter, Jane Glaser and her family.

ARLO J CAMPBELL was born in Sherwood, North Dakota, on 27 April 1915 to Franklin Lewis Campbell and Mary Atilda French. He passed away on 30 Oct 2000 in Gresham, Oregon, USA. Franklin and Mary's children include Ora Jane Campbell, Eleanor Naomi Campbell, Gertrude Campbell, Leota Elmina Campbell, and Arlo James Campbell. He is interred at Willamette National Cemetery, Section Bb Site 277, Portland, Oregon.

I will always remember her fondly as "Granny Dorsey". One vivid memory that sticks with me is going to visit her where she worked, when we were children. The sound of the typewriter while we sat, one at a time, sometimes two at a time, in one of her office chairs with wheels, pushing each other from one end of the office to the other. Spinning round and round until we were dizzy with laughter. For a time while living in New Mexico, Grandpa Arlo had this building behind their home that was filled to the rafters with an aluminum can collection. This was heady stuff for a young kid.



1930 Census

1930 Census

Indicating Eliza H. (48), Carl A. (21), Dorothy E. (16), Donald H. (16), Melvin H. (9), Clella A. - stepdaughter (31). Sherman has passed away by the taking of this census.

Not cited.

Added by Michael D. Ketchum 11 August 2014
1920 Census

1920 Census

Listing Sherman Bishop (52) - Head, Eliza (38) - Wife, Clella (21) - Daughter, Harold (20) - Son, Merwyn (17) - Son, Esther (13) - Daughter, Carl (11) - Son, Donald (5) - Son, Dorothy (5) - Daughter, and Harman Keffer (boarder). Sherman's father's place of birth is listed as Indiana and his mother's place of birth is listed as Maine. Sherman is listed as a farmer who owns his own farm.

District: 51, Sheet Number and Letter: 4A, Household ID: 68, Line Number: 19, Affiliate Name: NARA, Affiliate Publication Number: T625, GS Film number: 1820481, Digital Folder Number: 004300683, Image Number: 00609

Added by Michael D. Ketchum 11 August 2014
Marriage License  Marriage License

License application showing Melvin as a resident of Red Oak, Iowa and Dorothy E. Bishop as a resident of Lewis, Iowa on 23 June 1939. Married in Atlantic, Iowa on 24 June 1939.

Private Melvin W. Johnson Western Union wounded notification  Western Union Notification of Wounds

Western Union notice to Dorothy E. Johnson, informing her that her husband was seriously wounded in action in France on 16 November 1944.

Private Melvin W. Johnson Western Union Death Notification  Western Union Notification of Death

Western Union notice to Mrs. Dorothy E. Johnson of Melvin's death, 18 November 1944 in France as a result of wounds.

Private Melvin W. Johnson Purple Heart Letter  Notification of Posthumous Purple Heart

Letter dated 11 January 1945 to Mrs. Dorothy E. Johnson that Melvin W. Johnson was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously for his sacrifice in defense of his service.

79th Infantry Letter  79th Infantry Letter

Letter dated 1 February 1945 to Mrs. Dorothy E. Johnson from the 79th Infantry Division Headquarters expressing regret for the loss of her husband, Private Melvin W. Johnson.

Private Melvin W. Johnson Notice of Death Letter  Confirmation of Death Letter

Notice of death letter to Mrs. Dorothy E. Johnson regarding the death of her husband on 18 November 1944, resulting from wounds received on 16 November 1944.

Private Melvin W. Johnson Notice of Death Letter  Arlo James Campbell Death Record, Age 85, 30 October 2000

Oregon State Library, SOregon Death Indexes, 1971-2008, Reel Title: State of Oregon Death Index; Year Range: 1991-2000.

Private Melvin W. Johnson Notice of Death Letter  Arlo James Campbell Memoirs

Memoirs of Arlo James Campbell, starting in the summer of 1932, at the age of 17, as he and his friend, Mose Christensen headed north from Jefferson, South Dakota. Hopping the rails, they headed across the country. A good read.

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