Walter Johnson, a well known farmer of Cono township, is a representative of a family that has been prominent
in agricultural circles in this county for over three decades. He was born in Knox county, Ohio, on the loth of
November, 1869, a son of J. Q. A. and V. C. (Strong) Johnson. The father was also born in that county on the 15th
of December, 1828, upon a farm and continued to reside there until 1852, when he went to California in search of
gold. He remained in that state for four years, after which he returned east, and in 1859 he was married to Miss
Lydia Murphy, who passed away after seven months of married life. On the 26th of September, 1861, Mr. Johnson was
united in marriage to Miss V. C. Strong. The family remained in Knox county until 1873, when they removed to Williams
county, Ohio, where they continued to reside until 1882. In April of that year they arrived at Blairstown, Benton
county, Iowa, and in October, 1882, they settled on what has ever since been known as the Johnson homestead, in
Cono township, Iowa county. The father gave his time to the cultivation of the farm, which comprises two hundred
and thirty acres, and he was recognized as an energetic and alert agriculturist. He passed away on the 26th of
May, 1910, and his demise was sincerely mourned. The death of his widow occurred on the 23d of November, 1911.
They were the parents of six children: Lydia; Edwin; Frank, who died when thirteen years old; Walter; Asa, who
married Abbie Bigby; and Mina, the wife of McCoy Roby.
Walter Johnson accompanied the family to this county when he was thirteen years of age and has since resided here
continuously. He and sister Lydia and brother Edwin reside on the homestead farm in Cono township and the brother
owns two hundred and forty acres adjoining. Our subject has been identified with agricultural pursuits since his
boyhood and his methods are at once progressive and practical, which fact insures his continued success in his
chosen occupation. He raises grain and also stock and derives a good income from his land.
Mr. Johnson is a republican in politics and has been township trustee. He is always willing to cooperate with others
in securing the welfare of his community along material or moral lines, and his public spirit has been a factor
in his popularity. He has many warm personal friends and all who know him speak highly of his ability and integrity.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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