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Albert C. Johnson


Albert C. Johnson, one of the prosperous, enterprising and substantial agriculturists of Allamakee county, owns and operates a fine farm of two hundred acres, a well improved and valuable property three miles beyond Waukon. He is a native son of this section of Iowa, born in Union Prairie township, July 27, 1869, his parents being Charles and Helen (Ruen) Johnson, natives of Norway. The father grew to manhood in that country and after reaching maturity crossed the Atlantic to America, first locating in Winneshiek county, Iowa, where he was numbered among the earliest pioneers. He purchased land and opened up and developed a new farm, later selling his property and moving to Allamakee county, where he purchased two hundred acres of land, upon which he lived for many years, rearing his children there and there spending the remainder of his life. His death occurred in 1907, when he was seventy-five years of age. His wife survived him for a few years, dying in 1911.

Albert C. Johnson was reared upon his father’s farm in Union Prairie township and from his early childhood aided in its operation, gaining thus a thorough and practical knowledge of the best agricultural methods. When he began his independent career he purchased two hundred acres on section 35, in the same township, constituting the farm upon which he now resides. The property was slightly improved but he has steadily carried forward the work of development, erecting a large, two-story frame house, three good barns, a silo with a capacity of one hundred and thirty tons and fine outbuildings. He has the latest improved machinery and in equipment and accessories his farm is worthy of rank with the best agricultural properties of the state. He has paid particular attention to its attractive appearance, putting out groves of forest and evergreen trees and keeping a beautiful lawn in front of his house. He makes a specialty of raising and feeding stock for the market and also conducts a profitable diary, his business interests being carefully and capably managed and his success placing him among the substantial and progressive farmers of this vicinity. He was one of the promoters of the Farmers Stock & Produce Company and is still a stockholder in the concern. He is a member also of the Ludlow Cooperative Creamery Association and is a stockholder in the Peoples National Bank of Waukon, which he aided in organizing.

In Winneshiek county, October 14, 1897, Mr. Johnson married Miss Clara Rockswold, who was born and reared in that section. They have three children, Carl Alvin, Earl A. and Albert C., Jr . The parents are members of the Lutheran church. Mr. Johnson gives his political allegiance to the republican party and his served for two years as township assessor and is now treasurer of his school district. He is a careful and conservative business man and by his own labor and good management has accumulated a valuable and will improved property. Perseverance, diligence and integrity have constituted the guiding qualities of his life, bringing him to the honorable position which he now occupies in the option of the fellowmen among who he has long lived and labored.

-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Diana Diedrich

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