"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, Charles M. a well known citizen of Tomahawk, Lincoln County, where for many years he has been engaged in the hotel business, was born in Sweden, March 8, 1856, son of John and Christina CARLSON, the parents being also natives of Sweden, where they spend their active lives engaged in farming. Of their eight children there are four now living, namely: Reka, wife of Anton PAULSON, residing in Sweden; Charles M., of Tomahawk, Wis.; Anton, who was associated in business in Tomahawk with his brother Charles for 15 years, but who returned to Sweden where he now lives, having married there; and Alfred, who also lives in Sweden. Those deceased are Olaus, Mary, Adolph and Caroline. Charles M. JOHNSON was reared in Sweden, where he attended school. He subsequently worked as a common laborer and also to some extent as a sailor. In 1882 he came to the United States, locating first in Minnesota, where he found work on farms, and later settling in Wausau, Wis., where he remained seven years. In 1890 he came to Tomahawk and engaged in the hotel business, operating a bar in connection with it. It was in the busiest days of the lumber industry, when the village was building up and men were constantly coming here, or passing through, to work in the mills or woods, and Mr. JOHNSON got a good share of their patronage. He is still conducting the hotel and also a soft drink parlor in connection with it. He has also bought timber lands, logged the timber from it, and then sold the stump land for farms. While in Wausau he worked in the mills, and he remembers that when he first came to Tomahawk, also this entire region was covered with heavy timber, with a small clearing here and there made by a homesteader, while stumps were still standing in the main street, and there were no sidewalks. There was a small lake on Main Street and another where the Community Building now stands, both of which were subsequently filled in. Mr. JOHNSON is a stockholder in the Bank of Tomahawk, also in the Bradley Bank and in the Tomahawk Iron Works. He is fraternally affiliated with the order of Eagles. He was married in 1890 to Matilda HANSON, who was born in Sweden and came to Wausau with her parents, who are both now deceased. She died in 1918, having been the mother of six children, all now living, namely: Mary, alfred, Ada, Hulda, Alvira and Elna. Alfred is married and lives at Madison, Wis., where he is foreman in the roundhouse of the C. M. & St. P. Railway. Ada lives in Nebraska and is the wife of Prof. W. P. HARNES. Mary is now keeping house for her father.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 505; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others; H.C. Cooper Jr. & Co, 1924

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