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Herbert J. Johnson, NWA Capt. ret., Has Flown West

Herbert J. Johnson, NWA Capt. ret., Has Flown West

Three generations at NWA: l-r: Merry Jo, Scott, Herb, Erik Herb Johnson was a NWA pilot for 32 years until 1981, when retirement was mandatory at age 60.  His wife, Merry Jo, was a NWA stewardess from 1949-51.  ‘Jo’ (short for Merry Jo)  flew on every NWA B-377 Stratocruiser, 701-710. They were married March 30, […]

The Johnson Family loses its Matriarch

The Johnson Family loses its Matriarch

Merry Jo, fondly known as “Jo” Johnson died on February 12 in Cannon Falls, Minn. at the age of 90. Jo was born in Grand Rapids Minn. and was an entertainer, once performing with Red Skelton, before becoming a Northwest Airlines stewardess in 1949. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Feb. 16 in Cannon […]

The Johnson Family

I had the pleasure of meeting the Johnson’s in 2008, when I was working on my book, Fujiyama Trays & Oshibori Towels. Herb flew during WWII and was a pilot for Northwest for 32 years before retiring in 1981.  Merry Jo began flying for Northwest in 1949.  Jo’s mother Pauline had grown up in Blackduck, […]