Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
FREDERICK J. JOHNSON is one of
the younger men of Douglas county, who has gained an especial distinction
in the business world, owing to the fact that he has won his success by
reason of intelligence and wisdom that place him among the leading operators
in this part of the state. He is a lumber dealer in Coulee City at
the present time, and handles, in connection therewith, paints, oils, glass,
wallpaper and so forth. He has done a very extensive business since
coming here, handling over eight million feet of lumber alone.
Frederick J. Johnson was born at Howard Lake,
Minnesota, on December 30, 1869. His parents were John A. and Katherine
(Stoltz) Johnson, natives of England and Germany, respectively, and now
living in Lincoln county, Washington.
Our subject was educated in the schools of
Wright county, Minnesota and the Blair Business College of Spokane.
In 1887 he moved to Lincoln county and settled just north from Davenport,
where he engaged in sawmilling, also handled a planing mill. He continued
with marked success there until about two years since, when he opened his
present business in Coulee City. Since that time, he has done remarkably
well here and is considered now one of the very prosperous and substantial
business men of the town. Mr. Johnson sold his milling interests
before he came to Coulee City. He also owns one-half section of land,
which is well improved and devoted to stock and general farming, the stock
consisting of cattle and horses. The land lies mostly northwest from
Mr. Johnson had two brothers and three sisters,
William J., Eugene A., Mrs. Lucretia Weygant, Mrs. Viola West, Mrs. Blanche
The marriage of Mr. Johnson and Miss Katie
McGillivray occurred at Cheney, on May 13, 1895. Mrs. Johnson's parents
are Neil and Sarah (McCloud) McGillivray natives of Canada. She was
born in Canada, on September 12, 1878 and has the following brothers and
sisters, John, Neil, Mrs. Christopher Phar, and Mrs. Mary Ledgerwood.
To our subject and his wife, the following children have been born: Valentine
F., on February 17, 1896, Merle K., on January 27, 1898; and Raymond in
January, 1901. They are all natives of Lincoln county. Mr.
Johnson is possessed of the happy faculty of winning friends and his genialty
has made him the center of a large circle of admirers. He is a prominent
and upright citizen and Coulee City is to be congratulated in gaining him
as one of her prominent residents.