Johnson, John (History - 1870)


Janet Schwarze





----Source: 1918 History of Clark County, Wisconsin, pg. 587.

JOHN JOHNSON,  lived on a farm in Norway until he was 8 years old, when the family moved to the United States, locating in Neillsville, Wis., where the subject of this sketch resided until reaching the age of 18. He then began work in the lumber camps, following that occupation in the winter until he was 22. He had acquired his education in the district school, and in the school at Neillsville, which he attended one year.


On Nov. 20, 1892, he was married to Edith Fresenden, whose father, James, was a farmer in Clark County, where she was born and reared. After his marriage, Mr. Johnson bought forty acres in Levis Township, it being a tract of wild land, on which he built a, log house and barn. Having no stock, and no implements but an axe, he was not in a condition to make quick progress at first, and for a while was obliged to work out, but started the work of improvement as soon as possible, and at the end of seven years had cleared about thirty-five acres of the land. He then sold the place and bought forty acres in Section 16, Levis Township, on which was a small clearing. Here he built a seven-room frame house and several small outbuildings, and went into the dairying business, in which he is still engaged, clearing his land whenever he can find opportunity. For one year Mr. Johnson was president of the Dells Dam Cheese Factory. He has been township clerk thirteen years, and school clerk for nine years, and has gained the reputation of a good neighbor and a loyal and useful citizen. He and his wife are the parents of five children--Ina, who is a school teacher in Green Grove Township Algie, residing at home Marvel, who is attending Neillsville high school, and Eden and Roland, who reside at home.




Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon & Janet Schwarze.



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