LaSalle County

Biography - AMMON S. JOHNSON

Ammon S. Johnson, who resides on his farm on section 3, Otter Creek township. LaSalle county, Illinois, was born in the township in which he lives, October 6, 1861, the son of Ole Johnson, an old and well known citizen of this county, now deceased, who was born and educated in Norway.

Ole Johnson came to America in 1849. In 1855 he was married to Miss Martha Hill, a woman possessing both education and refinement, and who, like himself, was born in Norway. Three children were born to them, a son and two daughters, namely: Ammon S., the subject of this review; Serena, wife of William Harris, of South Dakota; and Bertha, wife of Neal J. Hone, of this township. Ole Johnson died in October, 1896. His widow survives him and is now sixty-three years of age. She is a member of the Lutheran church, with which he likewise was identified.

Ammon S. Johnson was educated in the public schools and at the State Normal School, and since he became a man has been engaged in the occupation in which he was reared, that of farming. He located on his present farm in 1886. This place comprises three hundred and sixty acres on section 3, Otter Creek township, and among its improvements are a beautiful modern residence. Its large barns, granary, well-kept fences, etc., and its well cultivated fields, together with the attractive home, are all indicative of the prosperity which has attended the efforts of the owner.

Mr. Johnson was married February 17, 1886, to Miss Frances Horn, who was born and reared in LaSalle county, daughter of Francis Horn, one of the old settlers of the county. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson have one child, a son, William A., now ten years of age.

Politically Mr. Johnson has always advocated the principles of the Republican party, and has served officially in several local capacities. He has been a member of the school board for nine years, has been township clerk four years, and has twice served as township collector. He is a man in the prime of life, frank and genial in manner, well posted on all the topics of the day, - in short, one of the "live" men of the township.

Extracted by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 1, pages 154-155.

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