"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Johnson, Roy operator of the garage at Woodruff and a highly respected resident of that village, was born in Jefferson County, Ill., Oct. 23, 1888, son of Samuel and Bora (SEVERSON) JOHNSON. The parents were natives of Germany and Ireland respectively and came to America before the Civil War; they settled in Jefferson County, Ill., and remained there until the father's death in 1904; the mother is now living at Toledo, Ohio. Five children were born to these parents: Roy, subject of this sketch; Fred S., of Woodruff, Rintha, who is teaching school at Reno, Wis.; Florence, a school teacher at Seattle, Wash.; and Harriet, who is Mrs. George WADKIN and lives at Toledo, Ohio. Roy JOHNSON recevied his education in the schools of Jefferson County, Ill. and remained with his parents until he was 20 years of age. From 1908 until 1912 he operated a farm in Washington County, Ill., and on Jan. 25 of the latter year he came to Woodruff, where he conducted a farm for one year. He then accepted the position of manager of the electric light plant at Minocqua, in which capacity he remained for five years. In June, of 1918, he returned to Woodruff and he has since operated a garage here, doing repair work and handling the Marmon car on a sub-agency basis for the Extine Automobile Co. of Milwaukee. He has a fine reputation for honest, dependable work, and is one of the representative citizens of the village. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Odd Fellows, and he and his family belong to the Methodist Church. Mr. JOHNSON was married at Mount Vernon, Ill., April 30, 1908, to Myrtle NEIDERHOFER, daughter of William and Martha (MCCOY) NEIDERHOFER, the parents being farmers near Ashley, Ill., and of considerable prominence in that locality. Mrs. JOHNSON assists her husband by managing his office and keeping his books, and is very well liked in the community.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 312, History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.

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