Biography - Charles Johnson

CHARLES J. JOHNSON was born July 11, 1871, in Villstad parish, Smaland, Sweden. Emigrating in 1889, he came to Galesburg as a young man of eighteen, equipped with a common and high school education from the old country. He continued his studies here, however, to acquire the language of the land, and graduated in Brown's Business College in Galesburg. Subsequently entering the employ of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railway Co., he has risen in their service to the position of foreman of the fuel department at the shops in Galesburg. Some seventeen years ago he went to work in the car department of the company, and was promoted to the aforesaid foremanship about eight years ago.
A leading member of the local lodges of the Masonic order, the Svithiod order and the A. O. U. W., Mr. Johnson has filled various offices in all three organizations.
Mr. Johnson's parents, Johan and Anna Pehrson, remained in Villstad, where they are still living. Dec. 6, 1900, he founded a family of his own by marrying Miss Elfrida Moller from Kristianstad, Sweden. They have two children.

Extracted 17 Sep 2016 by Norma Hass from the History of the Swedes of Illinois, published in 1908 by Engberg-Holmberg Publishing Company, Part 2, Knox County, pages 30-48.

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