In 1910 they were living in San Diego. They appeared in the 1920 census in Akron, Summit County, Ohio. Ira was 34 and Verna was 35. He was superintendent of a building.
Ira and Kate divorced before 1930 when she appeared by herself in the census. She was living in Seattle and was a restaurant cook.
Kate's second husband was George Olaf Mathison. George was born on June 4, 1887 in Norway. They were married on October 11, 1931 in Ketchikan. He had been married before and lost his entire family in a fire in Alaska.
Mathieson (sic) -Johnson Marriage Celebrated
The marriage of Mrs. Verna Johnson and Mr. George Mathieson (sic), both of Ketchikan, took place at the Methodist parsonage Saturday night, October 3. The ceremony was performed by Rev. C. L. Walker in the presence of a few friends.
The bride wore a Chanel model of tea rose chiffon with accessories to match and carried a shower bouquet of roses and sweet peas. Mrs. Mabel McWhirter was the bride's attendant and was gowned in a becoming frock of tan chiffon velvet. Mr. L. Boyle acted as best man for Mr. Mathieson (sic).
An informal reception followed the ceremony at the Mathieson (sic) home on Miller Street and a buffet supper was served to 50 friends. Mr. and Mrs. Mathieson (sic) will make their home in Ketchikan.
George and Verna Mathison
Verna and George
in Ketchikan, Alaska
After they married they ran a restaurant in Ketchikan, Alaska. She was a member of the Cooks' and Assistants' Union. Click here to see her recipe for Baked Salmon Loaf.
She died in Seattle, King County, Washington at age 63 on December 23, 1947.
George died on May 14, 1970 in Seattle, King County, Washington.
Kate wrote "This is the boat that your Uncle George is working
on between Seattle and Bremerton. He likes the job very well."
Mathison, Verna, aged 63. December 23, beloved wife of George: sister Mrs. Mabel Johnson, San Diego, Calif. Member of Cook's and Assistants' Union. Services Friday 11 a.m. Mittelstadt Mortuary, Cremation