Marian Rockwood Johnson Oral History

Marian Johnson







Marian Rockwood Johnson , who is 94 years of age, moved into 1781 Harrison Avenue with her young family to care for her elderly mother in 1948.  During her growing up years in nearby Gilmer Drive, she and friends went for walks in our neighborhood.  In this interview Marian shares her memories of local people, developments, and institutions after taking up residence here.  Marian and her late husband Ray Johnson are the parents of three children.

Audio Interview


Here is an interview with Marian recollecting her years in the neighborhood.  The sound track is followed by a summary and index of the interview.  The sections below contain documents and photos from Marian.


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Interview 001 (05/05/2015, duration 48:41)



Summary and Index  (clicking this link will open a new browser window.  To return to this page, click the tab at the top of your browser)





Here is a collection of documents provided by Marian.  These are in pdf format and will open in a new window when you click on the name of the document


  1. CH Dedicatory Program, 1953
  2. Facts about CH Ward I and II
  3. Historical sketch-Colonial Hills Ward





Here is a collection of images mentioned by Marian.  Click on a thumbnail to expand an image.  Once the image is expanded you can scroll through the collection by clicking on either side of the image.




  • Old Sugar House prisonOld Sugar House prison
  • New Sugar House prison, 1903.New Sugar House prison, 1903.
  • Prison and 2100 South, 1949.Prison and 2100 South, 1949.
  • Polygamists in prison stripesPolygamists in prison stripes
  • CagesCages

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