Biography of Rev. Charles Johnson

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The subject of this sketch was born in Lincolnshire, England, in 1825, and in early life emigrated to Michigan, which with brief exceptions has been his home ever since. He passed the years of his minority on a farm in Genesee County, but, as the pioneer life of those days afforded very limited facilities for mental improvement, on reaching his majority he went to Ohio, and spent several years in educational pursuits, teaching a portion of the time in that State and Kentucky. Returning to Michigan, he again engaged in teaching at Flint, Fenton, Saginaw, and Milford. At the latter place he also became pastor of the Baptist Church, in connection with his charge of the Union School.

This continued several years, when he resigned both positions to become teacher in the State Reform School at Lansing. After three and a half years spent in that work he became pastor of the Baptist Church at Flint, but again returned in the early part of 1867 to become superintendent of the Reform School, and remained at Lansing in that position till the spring of 1875, when he spent the summer at Lakeside Fruit Farm, his present home. In the fall of the same year he became superintendent and chaplain of the Iowa Reform School, which position he held till the spring of 1878, when he resigned to be pastor of the Baptist Church of South Haven, in this State, and removed with his family to his farm, which is situated near that village, South Haven being his post-office address.


From:
History of Allegan and Berry Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Their Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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