Gus Johnson, who is now connected with the Ceresco State Bank and is also engaged in the real estate and insurance
business, was born in Sweden, November 80, 1884, a son of Charles A. Johnson, whose birth occurred in that country
on the 2d of April, 1854. The father attended the common schools until he was sixteen years of age and then became
connected with merchandising, in which he engaged until 1885, when he removed to the United States. He took up
his residence in Jefferson county, Nebraska, where he was employed as foreman in a stone quarry for five years.
At the end of that time he removed to the vicinity of Shickley, this state, where he engaged in farming. He now
owns a half section of land in Fillmore county. He is a republican where national issues are involved but casts
an independent ballot at local elections. He was married in 1882 to Miss Matilda Erickson, likewise a native of
Sweden. She did not come to the United States until two years after the arrival of her husband here. They have
four children: Gus; Eric, who is living in Shickley; and Anna and Oscar, both at home.
Gus Johnson attended the common schools of Fillmore county and later took a course in the International Law and
Business Institute, a correspondence school. His first experience in the business world was in connection with
the Nye-Schneider-Fowler Company, a well known firm dealing in grain, lumber and live stock, and later he was connected
with the Updyke Grain Company. In 1911 he turned his attention to banking, entering the employ of the Ceresco State
Bank, with which he is still connected and of which he was vice president for two years. He is also engaged in
the real estate and insurance business and has gained gratifying success therein.
On the 22d of February, 1909, Mr. Johnson married Miss Lottie E. Gibbs, a daughter of C. J. Gibbs, who is a native
of England but is now residing at Ceresco. Two children have been born to this union, Eunice and Sylvia.
Mr. Johnson is a republican and is serving as a member of the county central committee of that party. However,
at local elections he considers himself free to vote independently if by so doing he can best serve the public
interests. He holds membership in the Swedish Lutheran church, to the support of which he contributes, and his
life has always been characterized by integrity and uprightness. He belongs to the Masonic blue lodge and has taken
fifteen degrees in the Scottish Rite. He is also identified with the Ancient Order of United Workmen at Ceresco,
in which he served as financier for three years. He is one of the enterprising and successful young business men
of Ceresco and holds the respect and warm regard of those who have come in contact with him.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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