Biography of George Johnson
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





GEORGE JOHNSON, retired farmer; P. O. Springfield. Mr. Johnson is a native of Ireland; was born in County Tyrone in 1810; came to the United States in 1849; he first stopped at Berea, in this State, but came to Springfield in the following April, and has resided here since; he has taken an active part in the construction of all the lines of railway in the county, except the C., S. & C. north, and L. M. south, and also all improvements of public roads, etc., made during his residence here. His wife is also a native of Ireland. They were married there in 1837, and have raised a family of three children - Jane (now Mrs. James W. Hall), William and Robert F. The latter is now the local agent of the D. & U. R. R. at Greenville. William has for a number of years been employed at the Driscol carriage factory, and is now foreman of the painting department. Mr. Johnson came from the old country a poor man, seeking to better his condition. Having a brother at Berea, he first located there and went to work in the stone quarry, then being operated in a small way, but finding he could not get money for his work and having some friends here who wrote urging him to come, he borrowed the money to pay his way for a visit, and finding work for which he could get cash; he determined to remain, and accordingly removed his family as soon as he was able. Then he thought himself fortunate to get from 75 to 87 1/2 cents cash per day, but as the city grew prices advanced, and by industry and economy and a wise investment of his savings in real estate, he became one of the substantial citizens of the city, respected no less for his personal character, than by reason of his financial success.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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