Biography of Amos M. Johnson
Broome County, NY Biographies





AMOS M. JOHNSON - Richard Johnson, a "forty niner," after the adventure in gold mining returned East and became the owner of a large farm at Connecticut Hill, just outside of Whitney Point, Broome county, New York. He died in 1895, his widow, Naomi (Roberts) Johnson, surviving him until 1912. They were the parents of Amos M. Johnson, whose name furnishes the caption of this review.

Amos M. Johnson was born at the home farm at Whitney Point, April 30, 1861, and was educated in the public schools. After finishing the courses of Whitney Point schools, he served as his father's farm assistant four years, then definitely decided upon a mercantile career, and for two years was clerk in Seeber & Youmans drug store. He held several positions during the next five years, then in 1887 established a general store business in Marathon, New York, which he conducted until 1892. He then sold out and until 1895 was traveling salesman for David Wallace, of Cortland, New York, a manufacturer of wall paper, with whom he remained until 1895. He transferred his services in that year to another wail paper manufacturing company, S. A. Maxwell & Company, New York City, serving that house as traveling salesman for sixteen years, the association terminating in 1901. He then entered the service of the Wallace Wall Paper Company, of Cortland, New York, and during the twenty two years which have since intervened he has continuously acted as a selling representative of that house. He is a director of the First National Bank of Whitney Point, and has other business interests of importance.

In politics Mr. Johnson is a Republican, and he has long served the village corporation of Whitney Point both as president of the village and as president of the school board. During the World War period, 1917-1918, he was a member of the Liberty Loan and Red Cross committees and rendered efficient service. He is a member of the Masonic order, affiliated with Whitney Point Lodge, No. 795, Free and Accepted Masons; Greene Chapter, No. 106, Royal Arch Masons; Binghamton Consistory, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, thirtysecond degree. He is a member of Kalurah Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, and served that Temple four years as potentate. When that organization erected their present temple, the work was carried on under Mr. Johnson's supervision. He is a member of the Presbyterian church of Whitney Point, Binghamton Automobile Club, and the Citizens' Club of Whitney Point.

Amos M. Johnson married, at Whitney Point, New York, June 29, 1886, Nellie Eggleston, daughter of Charles and Amy (Manning) Eggleston, of Whitney Point. Charles Eggleston, owner of a large farm in Triange township. died in 1874, his widow surviving him forty eight years, passing away in February, 1922. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are the parents of two children: Gladys, born April 25, 1887, died April 8, 1923; Richard, born October 17, 1891, now engaged in the retail wall paper business in Detroit, Michigan. The Johnson family home is at Whitney Point, Mr. Johnson's lifetime home.

From:
Binghamton and Broome County
New York
Editor in chief: William Foote Seward
Libarian for the Binghamton Public Libraey
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York and Chicago, 1924


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