Johnson, Ole M. (History - 1866)


Janet Schwarze




OLE M. JOHNSON, a representative farmer of Worden Township, was born in Grundy County, Ill., Dec. 4, 1866. His father's name was Erick, and his mother's, in maidenhood, Tena Michaelson. The parents emigrated from Norway to Illinois in the late forties of the last century, the father serving in the Civil War in the 36th Volunteer Infantry, his service lasting fifteen months. He was injured in the war. but lived' to the age of 66 years, dying Dec. 12, 1893. His wife died in July, 1912, at the age of 83. Their family numbered thirteen children, only four of whom are now living--Oscar, who is now in South Dakota Ole M., of Worden Township, Clark County Erick, who lives in Stanley, and Christ, a resident of Grundy County, Ill.


Ole M. Johnson left home at the age of 20 years and went to South Dakota:, where he spent three years. He then returned home and remained there until he was 28, at which time he came to Clark County, Wis., and bought his present place, then a tract of wild land of eighty acres. Later, he bought forty acres more of wild land, the two tracts constituting his present farm. As he had to begin in pioneer fashion, he first built a log. house or cabin, which was his residence until 1898, at which time he erected his present house, enlarging and improving it in 1913. His first barn was also of 1ogs. His present barn was built in 1913, and measures 36 by 80 feet, with concrete wall and floors, having room for forty head of stock. He has, also a horse barn and other buildings. Mr. Johnson raises graded Holstein cattle, milking twenty cows, and also raises some hogs. His principal crops are hay, corn and oats, and he has also raised sugar beets, tobacco and potatoes.


In 1908 he built a concrete silo of ninety-ton -capacity. For a number of years he has served as school director, and he is known as a,reliable citizen who can be depended upon to support any practical project for the benefit of the general community. Mr. Johnson was married April 16, 1892, to Susan Thorson, who was born in Illinois, Sept. 17, 1872, daughter of Thor and Susan (Ryen) Thorson, her parents being natives of Norway. The father, a farmer by occupation, died Dec. 25, 1894, and was survived by his wife, whose death took place at Mr. Johnson's home, March 13, 1916. They had had ten children, only six of whom are now living, four of the survivors residing in Illinois. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are the parents of six children, who were born as follows: Edith, Sept. 21, 1894 Annie, Oct. 18, 1896 Mabel, March 14, 1897 Cora, Oct. 14, 1900 Orneil, July 2, 1906, and Thora, April 26, 1909. Edith was married, March 28, 1914, to Christ Lucken, and resides in Worden Township. She has one child, Audry, who was born Feb. 3, 1915.



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