Biography of Harry J. Johnson
St. Lawrence County, NY Biographies

Harry J. Johnson, who is district manager of the Northern New York Telephone Company, is one of the representative citizens of Ogdensburg where he was born Sept. 13, 1887. He is the son of Orman U. and Jane E. (Slavin) Johnson.

Orman U. Johnson was born in Vermont, the son of Orman Johnson, who was among the first settlers of Ogdensburg. The family came to this city when Orman U. Johnson was ten years of age. He was educated here and at an early age entered the employ of the Hall & Seymour Coal & Towing Company, as a ship captain. He later served in the same capacity with the George Hall Coal Company. He met with an accidental death in 1911 and is buried in Ogdensburg. Mr. Johnson served during the Civil War. He was a Democrat, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and belonged to the Masonic Lodge. To Mr. and Mrs. Johnson were born six children: 1. Mrs. Hattie L. Sears, lives at Ogdensburg. 2. William, who died in 1916. 3. Mrs. Henry McConville, lives at Ogdensburg. 4. Orman U., lives at Prescott, Ont. 5. Mrs. Henry Delgard, lives at Ogdensburg. 6. Harry J., the subject of this sketch.

Harry J. Johnson attended the Ogdensburg Free Academy and Buffalo Business College. His first position was as solicitor for the Bell Telephone Company at Ogdensburg, in which capacity he served for several years. He was then connected with the company's central division with headquarters in Utica, and remained there for several years as an adjuster. He was at that time transferred to Syracuse for four years after which he resigned and lived in New York City. On Jan. 1, 1922, Mr. Johnson returned to Ogdensburg as district manager of the Northern New York Telephone Company. This includes Potsdam, Massena, Canton, Gouverneur, Ogdensburg, Alexandria Bay, and Clayton. Mr. Johnson is a member of the Independent Pioneers Telephone Association.

In April, 1922, Mr. Johnson married Miss Christine Elizabeth Brown, at Brockville, Ont. She is the daughter of Thomas and Emma Jean (Booth) Brown. Mr. Brown died in 1923 and his wife died in 1921. They are buried at Brockville. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson have three sons: 1. Booth W., born June 1, 1923. 2. Morgan J., born June 1, 1926. 3. Richard Hoover, born in April, 1928.

Mr. Johnson is a member of the Presbyterian Church, Rotary Club, and Ogdensburg Lodge, F. and A. M. No. 705. He has a camp on the St. Lawrence River, six miles from Ogdensburg, and spends much of his leisure time in hunting and fishing.


The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932

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