"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, John W. proprietor of Fairview Farm in the town of Conover, Vilas County, was born in Sweden, July 12, 1875. He received his education in his native land and working at various occupations there until 1896, when he came to the United States and located at Atwater, Kandiyohi County, Minn. He worked on farms there during the summers and spent the winter months in the lumber woods for six years. In 1907 he came to Vilas County and settled on 80 acres of land in Section 21, town of Conover, which property he had purchased in 1902. This tract was all wild land, without buildings or improvements of any sort, and the country was in a very primitive state of development at that time. He had to chop a road from his farm to the Conover-Eagle river tote road in order to give access to his farm. The only market was Eagle River and that was purely a local one. In spite of all the obstacles and hardships, however, he set to work to build up a farm from the wilderness, and today, through hard work and courage, he has a well-developed agricultural property, with 25 acres of the land cleared, and with a good set of buildings all of wich he erected with his own hands. He carries on general farming, raising potatoes, oats, and the general crops; his live stock consists of horses, sheep and cattle. Besides this place he at one time owned 40 acres on Pine Lake, but he has since disposed of that property. He has done a great deal towards the development and general progress of his community, and is a very useful citizen. He has built many miles of road in his locality, and has helped his neighbors in every possible way to get established on their land, assisting them in clearing their farms and in other ways. His religion is to follow the Golden Rule and treat everyone "on the square."
Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 447 (with picture),
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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