"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, Edgar who, though he resides in the town of Spirit, Price County, has at different times when interested in enterprises conducted within the limits of Lincoln County, was born on the farm of his parents, Peter and Charlotte (OLSON) JOHNSON, in the town of Spirit, Price County, in 1896. In his boyhood he attended school and later assisted his father to clear and improved the home farm. Then he and his brother Arvid, with a united capital of $60, began buying timber land and have since continued that form of investment until they now own 800 acres. In 1920 they began operating the saw mill on their parents' farm, also doing general farming, and maing a specialty of raising ginseng, of which they have at the present time about 20,000 plants. In 1922 they began the breeding of black and red foxes, and now have five pairs of these animals. This industry they expect to expand in time to large proportions. At one time they also conducted a general store at Spirit Falls, Lincoln County, and another at Bradley but subsequently sold both of them. In July, 1918, Edgar JOHNSON was inducted into the United States' service, in the Medical Corps, and after training at Camp Grant, went in September, that year, to France. There he served in the Hospital Train and in field hospitals, spending three months in the hospital at Vichy. His service covered 13 months in all, 11 months of the time being spent over seas, and in 1919 he was sent home and discharged with the rank of trained army nurse. Enough has been told in this article to show that the Johnson brothers are young men of enterprising character, not content to plod along in the old-well-beating paths but quick to take advantage of opportunities in lines of occupation less crowded and affording better chances for expansion and ultimate profit.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 571-572; 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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