HON. EDWARD E. JOHNSON.
Hon. Edward E. Johnson, filling the dual position of justice of the peace and police judge of Rock Springs, was born in Madelia, Minnesota, June 26, 1866, his parents being Eric and Cenia (Iverson) Johnson, both of whom were natives of Norway, whence they crossed the Atlantic to the new world, first establishing their home in Illinois. They afterward became pioneer residents of Minnesota, where the father engaged in farming until his death, which occurred in 1894. His widow still survives and is yet a resident of Minnesota. In their family were nine children, seven sons and two daughters.
Edward E. Johnson, who was the second in order of birth in that family, pursued his education in the public schools of Minnesota and afterward removed to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he resided for four years, working along various lines in order to provide for his support. In 1892 he arrived in Rock Springs, after which he was employed by the Union Pacific Coal Company and also as a switchman by the Union Pacific Railway Company, spending his time in that manner until 1902, when he was made justice of the peace, in which capacity he has since continued, making an excellent record by the fair and impartial manner in which he discharges his duties. In 1910 he was elected police judge of the city and is now occupying those offices, his excellent record being indicated by his long retention in these positions.
On the 19th of January, 1895, Judge Johnson was united in marriage to Miss Emma Walter, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Noah Walter, of Rock Springs, and they have become the parents of two children: Bessie, who was born in Rock Springs in 1896; and Clarice, born in 1901. The former is a high school graduate and has also pursued a business course, while now she is with the Stock Growers Mercantile Company. The younger daughter is a student in high school.
Fraternally Judge Johnson is connected with the Eagles, in which he is filling the office of treasurer, and with the Loyal Order of Moose, in which he is serving as secretary. His political endorsement is given to the democratic party, which he has supported since age conferred upon him the right of franchise. Judge Johnson is held in high regard in the community in which he makes his home not only by reason of his loyalty and fidelity in business but also by reason of a genuine personal worth that has won for him wide popularity.