April 22, 1916 ~ SLAVE BOY MADE GOOD.

April 22, 1916

Independence Man Thinks He Once Owned Late Lucky Negro.

Sanford Johnson, a negro, who died at Stockton, Kas., and whose will was probated, showing 640 acres of land, unincumbered, and $7,000 in personal property, was at one time a slave boy, according to Colonel W. T. Hearne, who believes him to be the boy who was willed to him by his father in Bourbon county, Kentucky.

After President Lincoln emancipated the slaves, Colonel Hearne kept in touch with Johnson for awhile. Johnson finally left for the West and accumulated his fortune.

Colonel Hearne now lives in Independence, and was overjoyed to know that the former slave boy had made good.