"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, Erick who has built up a good farm from wild land in the town of Conover, Vilas County, and is now successfully carrying on the operation of this property, was born at Wasa Len, Finland, June 23, 1873, son of John and Lena (ERICKSON) JACOBSON. He received his education in Finland and came to the United States in 1890, landing at New York and proceeding direct to Norway, Mich. He worked in the iron mines successively at Norway, Mich., for two years, Commonwealth, Wis., for three years, Iron Belt, Wis., for two years, Bessemer, Mich., for two years, Iron Belt, Wis. for five years, and again at Bessemer for two years. In April of 1910 he came to Vilas County and purchased 40 acres of wild land in Section 13, town of Conover, which property he proceeded to develop into a home and farm, returning to the mines during the winter months each year and working on the clearing and improvement of his farm during the summers. In 1916 he erected a fine basement barn, 30x40 feet in dimensions, and in 1921 he built a nice eight-room residence. He has 25 acres of his land cleared, and is carrying on general farming and dairying, having a good herd of Guernsey cattle. Mr. JOHNSON was married at Bessemer, Mich., Sept. 13, 1899, to Marie LILLROSE, who was born at Wasa Len, Finland, May 6, 1873, and came to the United States in 1898. Mr. and Mrs. JOHNSON have had four children, Einar, Everett, Leonard, and Harold. Of these, one Harold, is now deceased. The others are all employed in Eagle River.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 570; 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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