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I have always had a special place for Elder Johnson. As a resident of San Antonio, his life and pioneer ministry in this city mean a great deal to me. A few years ago, Brother Joseph Weyel and I found Elder Johnson’s grave and the location where this church stood. The old building is still there, but it is now a Mexican restaurant. Whatever happened to this church, whether it disbanded or merged with the San Antonio Primitive Baptist church, nobody knows. He passed away in 1915.


 The Gospel Messenger—September 1909


 “Oh, that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!” “Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the loving kindness of the Lord.”—Psalm 107:8, 43.



 Elder Elk Johnson, a native of North Carolina, but now for many years a resident of San Antonio, Texas (526 Carson street), writes that when he was about five years of age, his father and mother (Stephen and Delilah Johnson) entered him at a three months subscription school. But he was taken sick and his mother brought him his meals three times a day. Yet he could not eat until the ninth day, when his parents, after bringing him his breakfast, knelt in prayer for him, and, as his mother insisted he ate a little. He requested her to turn him on his left side and he took rest in sleep. After awaking, he told his parents that he had seen Christ, with shining face and in beautiful garments, descend through the roof and converse with his parents, and tell them that his sickness was not unto death, but he would soon recover and that they should not want. Then that Christ took from under the bolster a large quantity of walnuts and crushed them easily with His thumb and finger, and took out the kernels, which were rich with oily nutriment, and put them in a large vessel which his mother brought at His request, and blessed the food, and told his parents and their other four children to par­take of it, which they did, while He talked pleasantly with them speaking kind words to all and assured them that He would never leave or forsake them. Then say­ing, “I must go; be of good cheer,” He arose and disap­peared through the roof as He had come. Elder John­son says that he then soon regained his health, and fin­ished the remainder of his three months school under Mr. Burt. His father lost his sight, but gave good advice to his family; the five boys worked on the farm, and their sister helped their mother, and their father ex­changed his farm for another with a good cash bonus, and the Lord blessed their labors with a comfortable living.

Elder Johnson says that he was severely injured sev­eral years ago in a fall from a rapidly moving passenger railway train, and lay more than ten months in the Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio before he was al­lowed to take the slightest job, which was holding a flag, and that he has ever since been an invalid; and that he is the first ordained Primitive Baptist minister residing in San Antonio and has, for the past three or four years, kept up regular appointments every Sunday there in the First Primitive Baptist church at 320 Austin street.

S. H.



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