Oscar H. Johnson, of Miller township, LaSalle county, Illinois, was born and reared in this county. He is a son of Henry and Ellen (Olsen) Johnson, the former of whom was born in Norway in 1835, and, with his brother Andrew, the father of Judge Johnson, of Ottawa, came to the United States. He was married in Miller township, this county, to Miss Ellen Olsen. Her parents were Austin and Caroline (Hayer) Oleson, and they resided for many years in this county with their family of five children. These children are: Lewis, a resident of Missouri; Mary Weld, of Lamoni, Iowa; Ole Oleson, of Lamoni; Ellen Johnson, and Anna Lewis, of DeKalb county, Missouri. Mr. Oleson died while yet a young man, and his widow married for her second husband A. B. Anderson, by whom she had four children: Austin; Martha, deceased; Erickson, of this township; and Benjamin, of Ottawa. The marriage of Henry Johnson and Ellen Oleson was honored in the birth of nine children, of whom six are deceased. Two died in infancy; Elias had reached his thirtieth year ere death claimed him, and three daughters, - Maggie, Bertha and Emma, - had known but twenty summers when they were called to the better land. Three children have been spared them, viz.: Caroline, wife of Andrew Varland, of Rutland township; Hattie, wife of Andrew Lewis, of DeKalb county, Missouri; and Oscar, our subject. The father died at the age of fifty-seven years. Politically he acted with the Republican party.
Oscar H. Johnson was educated in this county, where he grew to manhood, and has since made his home. He was married December 16, 1897, to Miss Bertha Hayer, who was born in this township, and is a daughter of Goodman and Malina (Hagland) Hayer. Mr. Johnson has a valuable farm of one hundred and sixty acres, which is well cultivated and improved with neat, substantial barns and a modern residence. He is a Republican in politics, and both himself and wife are members of the Church of Latter Day Saints.
Extracted by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 1, pages 335-336.