Biography of J. B. Johnson
Houston County, MN Biographies

J. B. Johnson, who is taking part in the agricultural development of Houston township as proprietor of a farm of 200 acres in section 31, was born in Holan, Sweden, Aug. 15, 1859. His parents, John and Anna Johnson, who were natives of the same locality, came to the United States with their family in 1868, settling on a farm in Houston township, this county. John Johnson also worked at times for others, and continued to reside here until his death in 1902. His wife died in 1911. J. B. Johnson, who was the eldest of their three children, was about nine years old when he came to America, and after arriving in this country attended school in Houston. At the age of twenty years he began farming in Swede Bottom, east of Houston in Houston township, and was a resident there for a number of years. Afterwards he removed to a farm in Sheldon township, where he remained until his marriage in 1883, when he came to his present farm. This is a well improved piece of property, well adapted to general farming, in which Mr. Johnson has made a success. He is a stockholder in the Houston Creamery Company. His fraternal society affiliations are with the camp of Modern Woodmen of America at Houston, and in politics he is a Republican. In the month of April, 1883, Mr. Johnson was united in marriage with Jane Skree, who was born in Houston county, daughter ot Ole and Sigrid Skree, she being the fourth born of their five children. The parents were natives of Norway and were among the pioneer settlers of Sheldon township, where both died, the father during the Civil War period. To Mr. and Mrs. Johnson eight children have been born: Oscar O., a farmer in Looney Valley, Houston township, who married Olga Osfit; Josephine, wife of John S. Johnson, residing in Sheldon township; Tilla, wife of Phil Hoppel, a farmer of Looney Valley; Mattie and Verleda who are living on the home farm; and Clarence and Samuel, both of whom were in the United States service during the World War, Clarence being still in France, and Samuel having been in training at Camp Hancock.

The History of Houston County, Minnesota
Edited by: Franklyn Curtis-Wedge.
H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.
Winona, Minn. 1919


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