"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, Julius a well known resident of Tomahawk, of which city he was one of the pioneer settlers, was born in Christiania, Norway, Nov. 4, 1865, son of John and Sophie JOHNSON, who were natives of that country, the father being a blacksmith by trade. Neither he nor his wife ever visited America, but both spent their lives in their native land. There were at least five sons in the family in addition to the subject of this sketch, but their names are not now remembered. Julius JOHNSON as a boy attended school in Norway and remained in that country until 1882, when he came to the United States. He first located in Minnesota, where he worked at farming, and from that state went to Iowa, where he was similarly employed, also working for a time in a brick yard in Mason City. When the city of Tomahawk, Wis., was stated in 1887 Mr. JOHNSON was among the crowd who rushed in seeking profitable employment in the mills or woods, or in the construction of the various buildings which were rapidly put up. The "Soo" railway over which he traveled from Iowa only ran as far as Bradley, from which place he walked to Tomahawk. He found the town site covered with timber, and there were two stores, one saloon and another building on Fourth Street. His first employment was on the dam of the Tomahawk Boom Company, and after it was completed he worked in the lumber camp on the site of the present Mohr lumber plant, from which land he helped to cut the timber, and he was also employed for some time in the Bradley mill. For many years he has followed the occupation of saw filer during the last five years having been in the employ of Frank THIELER. He is a member of the Lutheran Church and belongs to several fraternal orders, including the Maccabees, the Odd Fellows and the Equitable Fraternal Union. Mr. JOHNSON was married in 1898 to Anna LOFTUS, whose parents, Thomas and Anna LOFTUS, now deceased, were farmers at Sand Creek, Dunn County, Wis. Of this union three children have been born: Alice and Helen, who reside with their parents, and Julia, who is the wife of Carl BRONSTED of Tomahawk.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 524; 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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