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
Houston County, MN
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Also see [ Railway Officials in America 1906