John Johnson, well known as an agriculturist and fruit grower of Grand Island, Sacramento county, is numbered among the citizens that the little kingdom of Denmark has furnished to the Golden state. His birth occurred December 14, 1848, his parents being John and Mary Robertsen, who were also natives of Denmark. His boyhood days were spent in his native land and there he was educated. He came to America when about twenty-one years of age--an ambitious young man of resolute will but without capital. He went first to Chicago, Illinois, where he was employed at various occupations for three years, and in 1874 he came to California. He was in Chicago at the time of the great fire which nearly obliterated the city by the lake. In 1875 Mr. Johnson arrived on Grand Island and for a short time was employed as a farm hand, after which he began agricultural pursuits on his won account and is to-day the owner of a good ranch of sixty-six acres, on which he carries on general farmin, but devotes most of his attention to the production of fruit, raising pears, peaches, apricots and prunes, for which he finds a ready and profitable sale, owing to their superiority of size and quality.

Mr. Johnson was married in 1878, to Miss Maria C. Larsen, a native of Sweden, and to them were born four children: Charles; John Henry; Hilda D., the wife of Charles C. K. Davis; and Christopher A. In 1891 Mr. Johnson was married to Maria C. Petterson, a native of Sweden, and they had two children, but only one is living, Esther.

In community affairs Mr. Johnson is deeply and actively interested, and he has served as a trustee of Georgiana school district on Andrus island and for two terms was a school trustee of that district. He is a Republican in politics. Fraternally he is connected with the Foresters at Rio Vista, and his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Methodist Episcopal church South, at Isleton, where he is now serving as superintendent of the Sunday school. He has never had occasion to regret his determination to seek a home in America, for he found good business opportunities here of which he took advantage, and as the years have passed his labors have been crowned with gratifying success.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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