Biography of A. J. Johnson
Lucas County, OH Biographies

Toledo is justly proud of her native sons, whose loyalty, public spirit and initiative have played a most significant part in the upbuilding and development of the city, and in this connection A J Johnson is deserving of particular mention. He is a member of a family which was established in Toledo seventy five years ago and ranks with the leading coal dealers of the city, while he is also connected with other business enterprises of importance, all of which profit by his cooperation and his progressive spirit. He was born January 12, 1869, and his parents were Andrew J. and Rose (Fournier) Johnson, the former a native of Holland and the latter of Belgium. At an early period in their lives they came to the United States and in 1847 they established their home in Toledo. The father was a carpenter by trade and conducted a large business as a builder and contractor, while later he became a millwright. He was a very successful business man and was widely and favorably known in this city, to whose improvement and advancement he made substantial contribution. He passed away in 1914 and the mother's demise occurred iri 1912.

A. J. Johnson attended parochial schools of Toledo and his initial business experience was obtained as an accountant in the local offices of the New York Central Railroad Company, with which he remained for fourteen years. After, leaving the service of that road he became city salesman for the Seyfang Coal Company and for six years continued in their employ; gaining a comprehensive knowledge of the business. He then decided to invest his savings in a similar enterprise and in association with his brother, A. L. Johnson, organized the Johnson Coal Company, which they have since successfully operated, while they also conduct the Johnson Coal & Wood Yard, of which the subject of this review is president and a director. He displays keen sagacity and marked executive ability in the management of the business and occupies a position of leadership in this field. He has also extended his efforts in other directions and is a director of the Troy Oil & Gas Company, the Merritt Jewelry Company, The Toledo Glove Manufacturing Company, and the Doan. Motor Car Company. He is also president of the village of Lakewood, Michigan, and gives his best efforts to everything that he undertakes, continually broadening the scope of .his activities with good results.

Mr. Johnson was married on the 25th of September, 1894, to Miss Matilda E. Burkhart, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Burkhart of this city. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson have become the parents of three children, the eldest of whom is Clifford A. Johnson. He was born in 1895 and acquired his education in the parochial schools of Toledo and St. John's College. He is an enterprising young business man and acts as general manager of the Johnson Coal .& Wood Yards. He enlisted for service in the World war and for eighteen months was engaged in active military duty. He married Miss Beatrice Weber of Toledo, and they have three daughters, Marjorie, Marylin and Madalin; Roger L. Johnson was born in 1899, attended the parochial schools and St. John's College and is now assistant general manager of the Johnson Coal & Wood Yard; Junior A. Johnson was born in 1905 and is a student at St. John's College in this city.

Mr. Johnson is a Roman Catholic in religious faith and in the Knights of Columbus he has taken the fourth degree. He is an Elk and his public spirit finds expression in his membership with the Chamber of Commerce. He is also connected with the Lions Club and is serving as president of the Toledo Wholesale Coal Trades Association. He has never deviated from the course which the world regards as right in the relations between man and his fellowmen and has always held closely to the rules which govern strict integrity and unabafing industry. He is a live factor in his city and his genuine personal worth has won for him the stanch friendship of many.

Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo

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