"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, Peter a prosperous farmer of the town of Conover, Vilas County, owner of "White Birch Grove Farm," was born in Sweden June 13, 1853. He received his education in his native land and subsequently worked on farms there until 1884, when he came to the United States. Here he followed railroad work at different places until 1887, and he then located at Aurora, Ills. and went to work for a mining company, doing various kinds of surface work. In 1904 he came from there to Vilas County and purchased 80 acres of land in Section 15 of Conover Township. The country here was in a very wild state at that time; Mr. JOHNSON'S place was all cut-over land, covered with stumps and without buildings of any sort, and there were no roads in his locality. He set to work courageously to develop a farm, however, building a home and taking up his residence on his land. The years that followed were made up chiefly of privation and hard work, but his persistent efforts carried him through and today he has an excellent farm to reward him for the years of toil, with a full set of buildings and about 45 acres of the land cleared. In 1921 he erected a fine new barn 22x48 feet in dimensions, with part basement. He followed general farming actively until recent years, operation of the property now being carried on by his sons. Mr. JOHNSON was married Nov. 8, 1890 to Johanna LUNDIN, who was born in SWEDEN March 18, 1865. Mr. and Mrs. JOHNSON have six children: Hilda, now Mrs. Seth SWANSON of Atwater, Minn.; Jennie, who is now the wife of Bruno EWALD, Eagle River merchant; Carl, who manages the home property; Oscar, who is a clerk in Mr. EWALD'S store; and Lawrence and Eleanor, residing at home. The family are members of the Swedith Lutheran Church.
Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 569;
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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