CLARENCE W. JOHNSON
Clarence W. Johnson, proprietor of the Hotel Loyalton, at Loyalton, Sierra County, has had many years of practical experience in the hotel business and has met with well merited success, as the result of his persistent and intelligent efforts to make his hostelry a real home for his guests. He was born in Black Earth, Wisconsin, March 24, 1879, a son of Andrew and Katherine, or Katie, (Patterson) Johnson. The father was born at Black Earth, of which locality his father was a pioneer farmer. The mother, who was born near Durand, Winnebago County, Illinois, was orphaned during the Civil War. Her father, a member of Company H, One Hundred and Seventy-fourth Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, which was a part of the Army of the Tennessee, was killed in battle, and his widow died soon after learning of the death of her soldier husband. They left four children: Sene, who became the wife of Alfred Crowder, a farmer at Durand, Illinois; Katherine, Olaf; and James M. All were reared to maturity in the home of their uncle, Niles Patterson, near Durand, Illinois. A half brother, Charles Patterson, is a substantial farmer at Emmetsburg, Iowa. Mrs. Katherine Johnson died at the age of twenty-eight years and was buried at Black Earth, Wisconsin. She left four children: Albert J., who is a merchant and banker at Graettinger, Palo Alta County, Iowa, and is married and has a daughter; Clarence; Saphus Alvin, of Jasper, Alberta, Canada, who is a locomotive engineer on the Canadian National Railroad and is married and has two children; and Evelyn, the wife of J. T. Conley, proprietor of Conley’s café at Janesville, Wisconsin, and they have two children. For his second wife Andrew Johnson married Miss Lena Kroken of Stoughton, Wisconsin, and to them were born three children: Morris and Arthur, who are carpenters and builders at Stoughton; and Katherine, who was married August 2, 1930, to City Attorney Palmer E. Henderson, of Stoughton. The first child born to this second union was Carl Julian, who died at Stoughton in 1916, at the age of twenty-eight years. Andrew Johnson became deputy sheriff of Dane County, Wisconsin. He was superintendent of construction for the Moline Plow Company at Stoughton, where his death occurred in 1921.
Clarence Johnson received his education in the public schools of Stoughton and at an early age started out to make his own way in the world. He went to Iowa and from there in 1901 to North Dakota. Locating at Jamestown, he was employed at railroad work until 1911, when he came to California, settling at Sparta, Yolo County. He became interested in the hotel business at Brookdale Lodge, in the Santa Cruz Mountains. In 1921 he and his wife came to Loyalton and took over the management of the Sierra Hotel, which they conducted until it was destroyed by fire in July, 1923. They then went to Richmond, California, where they leased the Hotel Veale, which they conducted until 1929, when the Hotel Loyalton was completed, and they became its first lessees and have made it the leading hotel in eastern California. It is the largest and most modern hotel in Sierra County, with its excellent cuisine, its reasonable rates and its obliging employees. It is the only hotel in the county equipped with showers and baths, and it is the official headquarters of the American Automobile Association. A modern coffee shop is conducted in connection with the hotel.
In 1911, in Oakland, California, Mr. Johnson was married to Miss Caroline Louise Dimmen, who was born at Aalesund, on the west coast of Norway, and came to the United States in young girlhood. She is a true helpmate to her husband and has won a large circle of friends in Loyalton. Politically Mr. Johnson is a Republican and is now filling the office of city treasurer. He is a member of Loyalton Lodge, No. 359, F. & A. M. He and his wife were reared in the faith of the Lutheran Church and are now contributing members of the Community Church in Loyalton. Mr. Johnson is a man of sterling character, marked business ability and progressive ideas and during his residence here has won a high place in public esteem.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 3 Pages 150-152. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.
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