Biography of W. H. Johnson
Castle Rock, Dakota County, MN Biographies

W. H. Johnson was born in February, 1812, in New Hampshire. When about four years of age he accompanied his parents to Vermont, where he acquired an education. He made his home in Boston from 1834 until 1846, then came to what is now Washington county, Minnesota. His wife was one of the two white women who came at that time. Locating within two miles of what is now Afton, Mr. Johnson cut timber and built a log shanty; here he remained until 1850, then located on afarmof one hundred and eighty nine acres, where Newport now stands; but sold, and in 1857, came to Castle Rock and purchased his present property. His residence was erected the same year, known as the "white house," being the largest and only painted house in the township at that day. He has been chairman of supervisors and assessor twice. Married to Miss Mary J. Aubin in 1843. Josephine, Nellie and Emma are their children.

The History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings.
By J. Fletcher Williams.
North Star Publishing Company.
Minneapolis. 1881.

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