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Merrill Dean "Swede" and Margaret Maureen Johnson

Merrill was born June 30, 1928, to the late Walter and Cecelia Johnson. He lived east of Madrid for 20 years, and then moved south of town. His grandparents were Mr. and Mrs. Gus Johnson and Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Carlson, all of Madrid. He has five sisters and one brother: Vivian Cooley, of Fort Dodge; Darlene Johnson, of Denver; Viola Plagmann, of Bellevue, Nebraska; Pauline Barker, of Conway, Arkansas; Bonnie Napiwaski, of St. Paul, Minnesota; and Homer Johnson, of Austin, Texas. As a young boy, he acquired the nickname of "Swede," and it has stayed with him since. He was baptized and a confirmed member of St. John's Lutheran Church, in Madrid. He attended a rural country school and high school in Madrid. In 1951, he was drafted into the Army, where he served in the Paratroopers. He was discharged in 1953, returned to Madrid, and became engaged in farming with his father.

Maureen Johnson was born at Dallas Center, Iowa, on June 19, 1936, to Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Good. She is the oldest of three brothers and one sister: Chester, of Elkhorn, Nebraska; Elwyn of Phoenix, Arizona; Frederick, of Millard, Nebraska; and Charleen Swain, of Madrid. She went to a country school, Grant No. 8, which was the same school her father attended, and then to Dallas Center Community School. In 1948, her family moved to the Madrid area, and lived on a farm which was the original Grigsby farm, east of the EUB Church. She continued her schooling at Sheldahl Consolidated School, and graduated in 1953. She was a member of the Christian Church in Madrid, but transferred her membership to St. John's Lutheran Church in 1955. She was an active member in both girls' and boys' 4-H.

Swede and Maureen were married on June 25, 1955, and have made Madrid their home. Their daughter, Kimberly DeAnn was born August 29, 1956. She is a baptized member of St. John's Lutheran Church. Her entire schooling was at Madrid, where she graduated in 1974. She then attended Des Moines Area Community College, at Ankeny. On May 15, 1976, she was married to Michael Jon Miller, also from Madrid. They made their home in Oskaloosa, where Mike attended and graduated from William Penn College. From there, they moved to Colorado, and they presently live in Abilene, Texas. Kim and Mike have one child, Michael Jon Miller born February 26, 1983.This made five generations on the Good side of the family still living.

Swede is in his 23rd year of driving a semi-truck tor Beaver Valley Canning Company, in Grimes. Maureen works at Farm Bureau Insurance Company, in West Des Moines, as a Research Assistant. Swede has served on the Church Council of St. John's, and Maureen is presently serving on the Council. Maureen has been Sunday School superintendent and taught Sunday school for 18 years, was L.C.W. President for seven years, and Camp Fire Leader for 10 years. Both serve on the Memorabilia Committee for the Madrid Centennial. Swede and Maureen enjoy boating, fishing, and camping. Maureen's other hobbies are china painting (she had the honor of painting the Madrid Centennial thimbles), sewing, counted cross stitch, crocheting, quilting, and playing the organ.

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