Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
EARL F. JOHNSON is the genial
and capable manager of the Methow Trading Company at Twisp. The concern
is one of the large mercantile establishments of Okanogan county and the
success that it has made is evidence of the ability of Mr. Johnson , who
is at its head at the present time. They carry a large and well assorted
stock of general merchandise, suitable for the trade in this section, and
goods from there find their way to all parts of the country. Mr.
Johnson stands exceptionally well in the community and is known as a man
of uprightness and ability. He is generally conservative but is possessed
of that energy and spirit which leaves nothing undone which would bring
success in his line of endeavor.
Earl F. Johnson was born in Cass county, Michigan,
on April 29, 1861, the son of Welcome and Susan (Hatch) Johnson.
For seventeen years he remained with his parents, toiling on the farm and
attending the public schools, in which he was a bright student.
At the age last mentioned he went to Crawford county, Kansas, and worked
on a farm for six years. After this he went to California and engaged
in a planing mill, which he operated for five years. It was in 1889
that Mr. Johnson first came to Washington, settlement being made at Pasco.
For two years he remained there in the employ of the Northern Pacific,
then in 1891 he came to Okanogan county and for five years was in charge
of the pioneer store at Winthrop. After that, in about 1896, he took
charge of the Methow Trading Company's store at Twisp and since that time
he has been closely engaged with this large establishment.
Fraternally Mr. Johnson is connected with
the F. 0. E. and the K. P.
At Spokane, in 1890, Mr. Johnson married Miss
Effie Sloan, and to them one child was born, Vera. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson
are well and favorably known and have hosts of friends from every quarter.