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Date: 2/24/2005 at 13:47:41

Biography reproduced from page 460 of the History of Kossuth and Humboldt Counties, Iowa published in 1884:

William Johnson was born in New Brunswick, June 26, 1815. He received his education in the common schools of New Brunswick, by his own exertions, and taught school there for some time. In 1847 he moved to Canada, where he taught school and engaged in farming. He afterwards moved to Iowa City, thence to Washington county, where he purchased forty acres of land, living on that place three years. In 1866 he came to Kossuth county, and settled on section 18, township 95, range 29, where he owns ninety-six and one-third acres of good land. He has sixty acre under cultivation. Since coming here he has taught school five or six terms. Mr. Johnson was married Jan. 1, 1851, to Harriet Shiek, of New Brunswick. They have eight children—Ada, wife of Mina Willis of Algona; Augustus G., M. C., Ella, wife of Frank Potter, of Cresco township; Bertha, Maggie, Nathaniel and Lizzie. In politics Mr. Johnson is a greenback republican. He has been clerk of Cresco township for two years, and is also secretary of the school board.


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