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Martha Johnson, Class of '36, celebrates 99th birthday


Happy Birthday 🎉 Martha Johnson-Cox!

Ninety-nine years ago, Martha entered the world born to Monfred and Mary Johnson in Minneapolis, Sept. 29, 1917! Eighty years ago, she and classmates received their diplomas as Tiger grads!

Marty and her four siblings Kenneth, Donald, Harriet and LaVern attended South at its height, referenced in Wikipedia as South's Golden Age, which lasted from 1916 to about 1940. This coincided with and stood in stark contrast to the times of the Great Depression.

"In 1933, South High School had 2,820 enrolled students and despite the misery of the outside world, the school continued to grow and prosper and show students the possibility of a better life away from the Depression." --Wikipedia

Marty met her husband Roland Cox when he moved to Minneapolis after high school to work for the A&P. Martha shopped the store with her mother Marie, and one day Marie invited Roland over for supper where he met the family. Dating, romance and engagement followed. When World War II broke out, Roland entered into the service of the U.S. Army and fought in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany.

Martha worked in a munitions plant. After the war, Roland returned to work for the A&P and Martha was homemaker and mother to two sons Rollie and Fred Cox in the Village of West Milwaukee. Martha was active in school, church, and community activities. After Roland passed away in 1975, Martha moved to Bloomington, MN to be close to her family and extended family.

Martha has now lived for a number of years in Middleton,Wisconsin. She will celebrate her 99 years in the loving company of her family, Sunday, Sept. 25. South High wishes Martha, a very happy birthday, complete with Tiger Pride! 
Click images below to enlarge.
Martha's yearbook
South High - Cedar Ave. and 24th St.
Sisters left to right, Martha, Lavern, Harriet, 1940.
Martha Johnson and Roland Cox, 1940.
Martha and Roland
Left to right, Donald Johnson (brother), Stryker (Lavern's husband), Harriet, Roland, Lavern, Martha. 1945, World War II is over.
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