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Joseph A. Johnson


Posted By: Fran Hunt, Volunteer
Date: 10/5/2001 at 07:43:48

From the Portrait and Biographical Album of Jefferson and Van Buren Counties Ė 1890
Joseph A. Johnson, one of the leading young businessmen of Bonaparte, Van Buren County, now holds the position of Cashier of the Farmersí and Tradersí Bank. He was born in the town that is yet his home, on July 27, 1862, his parents being early settlers of the community. His education was acquired in the common schools of his native town, and on leaving the schoolroom he began his business career as an employee in the Post Office, under J.P. Davis, with whom he remained until the year 1879. In that year he took charge of his fatherís business, and continued operations in that line until his father sold out, when he entered the employ of Thomas Christy, for whom he was to operate a store while his employer discharged the duties of Cashier of the Farmersí and Traders Bank, of Bonaparte. In 1883 Mr. Johnson was made Assistant Cashier of the same bank, with which he has now been connected seven years. At the death of the Cashier, which occurred in 1887, he was promoted to that position, which he still holds. He has proven himself a worthy officer in the bank, being faithful and conscientious in the discharge of every duty, and ranks among the leading young men of Van Buren County. In the month of October 1887, Mr. Johnson was united in marriage with Miss Mary E. Welch, daughter of the Rev. James and Maggie Buck Welch. Her father is a Presbyterian minister and a most worthy man. Mrs. Johnson was born in the Buckeye State, and is a member of the Presbyterian Church. In politics Mr. Johnson is a stanch supporter of Democratic principles and does all in his power to promote the interest of his party. The home of this young couple is noted for its hospitality, and both husband and wife rank high in the social world, where intelligence and ability are the passports to society. They have many warm friends; and the business, as well as the social relations of Mr. Johnson, might well be a subject of envy.
I am not related, and am only copying this for the information of those who might find this person in their family.


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