The old Johnson Home Place was near Ray City, GA. It was the residence of Chloe Gardner and Joseph Henry Pascal “Joe” Johnson. Chloe was originally from Florida (see Family of Chloe Gardner Johnson) and JHP Johnson grew up in Clinch county, GA (see From the King’s Tree to Ray City: Family of JHP Johnson) , his family having settled there in 1822.
The Johnsons, Joe and Chloe, came to Berrien County some time before 1918 and made their home near Ray City, GA. In the 1920s this was perhaps the finest home in the Rays Mill district, its $6000 value being equaled only by the home of Elias Moore “Hun” Knight.
In 1929, the editor of the Nashville Herald called on Chloe at this home while visiting Ray City:
Just before taking leave of the little city it was our pleasure to visit the garden of Mrs. J.H.P. Johnson, which is a marvel, especially considering the dry weather. Our observation of the garden and surroundings, convinced us that there is no danger of the family going hungry unless they should suddenly become too weak to pull up vegetables, milk a cow, kill a chicken, or clean a hog, as there was plenty of evidence that this family believes in living at home.
Johnson Home in Ray City, GA
After the old Johnson home place burned, Chloe Johnson moved into a small home on Johnson Street in Ray City, GA. Although they lived in town, Chloe was still a “farm woman” and attended the 1931 summer course for Farm Women at Camp Wilkins, UGA in 1931.
The image below is the Ray City home of Chloe Gardner Johnson photographed on a rare south Georgia snow day in 1958. This home still stands on Jones Street in Ray City, although the exterior was covered with a type of shingle siding in the late 50s or early 60s .
On Jones Street
This house was built for Mrs. Chloe Johnson, postmistress of Ray City, GA. At that time the post office was located just down the street on the northeast corner of Jones and Paralleled Streets.
- Family of Chloe Gardner Johnson (raycityhistory.wordpress.com)
- From the King’s Tree to Ray City: Family of JHP Johnson (raycityhistory.wordpress.com)
- Chloe Johnson’s Bible and Census Records (raycityhistory.wordpress.com)
- Young Johnson and the Florida Indian Wars (raycityhistory.wordpress.com)
- Ray City School 1934 (raycityhistory.wordpress.com)