Obit: Johnson, Ole (1845 - 1937)

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Surnames: Johnson, Brmaan, Brisbois, Lynch, Scranton, Longenecker

----Sources: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 25 March 1937

Johnson, Ole (9 Aug. 1845 - 19 March 1937)

Ole Johnson, the oldest resident of the Town of Levis, and one of the oldest men in Clark County, passed away at 8:30 p.m., Friday evening, March 19, 1937, aged 91 years, seven months and nine days.

Deceased was born at Lillehamer, Norway, August 9, 1845. He grew to manhood in the country and was married to Mattie Johnson.

In 1875, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson and their four children came to America, and settled on land in the town of Levis, which they developed into a fine farm which remained his home until his death. His wife preceded him in death Oct. 7, 1930.

To Mr. and Mrs. Johnson eight children were born, six of whom are still living: John and Mike of the Town of Levis; Free of Centralia, Wash.; Jennie, Mrs. Geo. *Brmaan, Los Angeles, Calif.; Anna, Mrs. Dan Brisbois, Klamath Falls, Ore.; Tillie, Mrs. Richard Lynch; of Madison. Ole and Minnie, Mrs. Harry Scranton, preceded him in death. He leaves also 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

After coming to the Town of Levis, besides clearing and improving his own farm, Mr. Johnson worked in winters in lumber camps and on the log drive in spring. For 18 springs he was night watchman at the old Dells Dam during the driving season.

He was a good neighbor, upright in all his dealings and a worthy citizen every way. He was the type of men who by industry and thrift laid the foundation of good homes and prosperous communities in Wisconsin, and was a worthy example to the generations of today and the future.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Schiller’s Funeral home, Rev. G. W. Longenecker officiating.

*This surname was spelled like this in the original write up.



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