"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, Samuel proprietor of the Pine Wood Lodge, a popular summer resort on Lake Thompson, Oneida County, was born in Sweden, Jan. 6, 1874, son of Frederick and Marie (SWANSON) JOHNSON. The parents were also natives of Sweden, in which country the father died about 1893. After his death the mother came to America and made her home with her son Samuel, the subject of this sketch, until her death in January, 1912. Samuel JOHNSON came to the United Stated at the age of 15 years, proceeding west to Duluth, Minn., and coming in the same year, 1889, from that city to Rhinelander. Here he found work in a hotel, and remaining in that business, learned it thoroughly, finally becoming proprietor of the City Hotel, which he conducted subsequently until 1918. He then sold the hotel and bought 415 acres of land on Thompson Lake, including three miles of lake frontage. During the next two years he spent his time in developing a farm on this land, which he stocked with Holstein and Guernsey cattle, and in 1921 he erected a number of cottages on the lake shore, furnished for house-keeping, which he easily rented for the summer to those seeking rest and recreation amid the beauties of nature. Lake Thompson is a picturesque and attractive sheet of water presenting abundant opportunities for boating and fishing, and it has already become one of the most popular resorts in Oneida County. with the constantly increasing stream of summer visitors to Wisconsin resorts, it is bound to draw its share of such trade and Mr. JOHNSON'S enterprise will meet with its due reward. From his farm he furnishes milk, cream, eggs and fresh vegetables to the visitors, making daily deliveries. The place is but four miles from Rhinelander, and is reached by an excellent road. Mr. JOHNSON is also the owner of a fine modern residence in Rhinelander, at 11 N. Stevens Street, where he and his family reside in the winter. Mr. JOHNSON was first married in 1898 to Ellen RYLANDER, who died in Octoer, 1901, leaving one child, Mabel Marie, who was born May 26, 1900, and is now a bookkeeper. On June 12, 1905, Mr. JOHNSON married secondly, Sophia LARSEN, who was born in Oconto County, Wisconsin, May 2, 1876, daughter of James and Katherine (NELSEN) LARSEN. Her parents are now residents of Rhinelander. Of this second marriage two children have been born: Raymond J., March 2, 1908, who is attending high school, and Nelda Katheryn, March 26, 1913. The family are affiliated religiously with the Lutheran Church. Mr. JOHNSON belongs fraternally to the two order of Eagles and Elks and he and his wife are both members of the F. R. A.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 749-750, 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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