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Near Benoit in Bolivar County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

William Fisher Johnson

 
 
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By Tom Bosse, July 25, 2020
1. William Fisher Johnson Marker
Inscription.  In the early morning hours of March 31, 1912, William Fisher Johnson (1876~1916) helped rescue flood victims after swollen rivers and lakes in Bolivar County caused a levee break just south of Beulah. According to Walter Sillers, using his gas powered boat, Johnson and his crew rescued fifty~eight people from the flood waters. Sillers recounted that Johnson and his crew rescued a family of ten from their home moments before it was swept off its blocks and torn apart by the raging waters.
 
Erected 2010 by Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Heroes. In addition, it is included in the Mississippi State Historical Marker Program series list.
 
Location. 33° 37.06′ N, 91° 3.528′ W. Marker is near Benoit, Mississippi, in Bolivar County. Marker is on State Highway 1 1.1 miles north of Lake Vista Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Benoit MS 38725, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mississippi River Blues: The 1927 Flood (approx. 1.9
William Fisher Johnson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 25, 2020
2. William Fisher Johnson Marker
miles away); Eddie Taylor (approx. 3.7 miles away); Eddie Shaw (approx. 3.7 miles away); The Great Flood of 1927 (approx. 4.1 miles away); Winterville Mounds (approx. 9.1 miles away); Symbols Tell Stories (approx. 9.1 miles away); Winterville (approx. 9.1 miles away); Lockheed T-33A (approx. 10.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Benoit.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 16, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 36 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 16, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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