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 Co., 1904.
JOHN E. JOHNSON. A sixteen
years' residence in the precincts of Lincoln county entitles Mr. Johnson
to be classed as one of the pioneers of this region. Possessed of
those staunch characteristics which go to make up the real pioneer, Mr.
Johnson has demonstrated his ability to cope successfully with the issue
and resources of the Big Bend country. He now has four hundred and
eighty acres of land lying about six miles north from Wilbur and it is
the family home. The estate is one of great value and is well improved
and handled in a very becoming manner. In addition to operating this
farm, Mr. Johnson also gives attention to handling a steam thresher, during
the fall months of the year. He owns the outfit and does excellent
John E. Johnson was born in Freeborn county,
Minnesota, on September 13, 1867. His parents were Engle and Martha
(Johnson) Johnson, natives of Norway. The father came to Wisconsin
in 1860 and the next year enlisted in the Fifteenth Wisconsin Infantry,
as a drummer boy and served through the entire war, being engaged in some
of the heaviest battles. He settled in Minnesota in 1866, where our
subject was born and later when the latter was ten years old, the entire
family moved to Iowa, and in that state John E. was educated. He
came to Lincoln county with his father in 1887, and settled on a homestead
and has since added to it a half section by purchase.
In 1899 Mr. Johnson married Miss Marie, daughter
of H. C. and Rachel (Richardson) Anderson, natives of Norway. The
father was a wealthy grain buyer of the Big Bend country. To Mr.
and Mrs. Johnson, three children have been born, Ruth M., Raymond E. andLeroy