Biography of E. A. Johnson
Marion County, IA Biographies





E. A. Johnson, the efficient cashier of the Bank of Bussey, was born in Liberty township, this county, March 9, 1867, and is a son of John B. and Eleanor (Schee) Johnson, both of whom were natives of Ohio. They were married, however, in Marion county, Iowa, in April, 1866, and their family numbered five children, four of whom are yet living, namely: E. A., of this review; Minta, the wife of Dr. W. E. Sanders, practicing in Des Moines; Valetta, who married J. W. Milne, also of Des Moines; and Charles A., who resides in Council Bluffs. The fourth child of the family, Viola, died at the age of twenty two years. The parents are still living and reside in Des Moines. The father came to Marion county in 1865 and the mother in 1846. John B. Johnson engaged in farming in Liberty township and for an extended period carried on general agricultural pursuits and the raising of graded stock. He ranked with the progressive agriculturists of the community and it was with deep regret that his fellow townsmen saw him leave this county to become a resident of Des Moines. His political allegiance is given to the democratic party, but he has never sought nor held office. In 1894 he retired from active business life and at that time took up his abode in Bussey, where he lived until 1906, when he removed to the capital city.

In his youthful days E. A. Johnson attended the public schools and afterward became a student in Penn College at Oskaloosa, in which he pursued a two years course. On the expiration of that period he returned home and in January, 1889, he was united in marriage to Miss Anna B. Knapp, a daughter of Wright and Ophelia (Shope) Knapp. In their family were eleven children, four of whom reached adult age, while three still survive. The parents, however, are now deceased. The mother was a sister of Judge Shope, of Chicago. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson became the parents of nine children: Olive, who is engaged in teaching in the Rock Rapids high school; Joseph A., who died when five years of age; Raymond, who died when an infant of two and a half months; Lambert, who died at the age of two years; Edith Marie, the wife of E. G. Doughman, a resident of Saskatchewan, Canada; Viola; Louis; James, who died at the age of three years; and Eleanor.

Mr. Johnson was reared to farm life but for some time has been closely and actively identified with banking interests in this county and is now cashier of the Bank of Bussey, which was organized in August, 1892, with James Schee, of Lincoln, Nebraska, as the president and Anna B. Johnson as assistant cashier. The stockholders are: Asa Johnson, C. Fergus, J. B. Johnson, of Des Moines, and Fred C. McMillan, of Des Moines. The bank has a paid up capital of fifteen thousand dollars. The business has grown continuously until the assets aggregate two hundred and twenty five thousand dollars. The success of the institution is largely attributable to Mr. Johnson, who has been the active manager of the business and who in controlling the Bank of Bussey has kept in touch with the most modern and progressive financial methods.

In his political views Mr. Johnson has always been a stalwart republican and is interested in public affairs, cooperating in many movements which have for their object the welfare and upbuilding of the community. He belongs to the Odd Fellows society and the American Yeomen, and in his religious views is a Methodist. His has been a well spent life. Active and enterprising, he brooks no obstacles that can be overcome by persistent and earnest effort and the integrity of his business methods is above question.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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