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Marshall County Biographies


The late Hutchinson Johnson, who was one of the pioneers of Bigelow township, this county, and the proprietor of a fine farm in that township, where his widow continues to make her home, was a native of the great Keystone state and an honored veteran of the Civil War. He was born at Troy, in Bradford county, Pennsylvania, December 17, 1840, a son of James and Euphemia Johnson, the former of whom was twice married. Hutchinson Johnson was reared at Gallipolis, Ohio, and became a farmer in Meigs county, that state, where he was living when the Civil War broke out. He enlisted his services in behalf of the Union and went to the front with one of the Ohio regiments. Upon the completion of his original term of enlistment he re-enlisted in Company G, First Artillery, February 3, 1864, and served with that command until the close of the war, his total period of service covering four years. Mr. Johnson was the owner of a piece of farming property in Ohio, but not long after the completion of his military service sold that farm and in 1866 went to Iowa, settling on a farm in Wapello county, that state.

In Iowa, in 1874, Hutchinson Johnson married Amanda Reeves, who died in 1875. In the next year, 1876, he was united in marriage to Laura Smith, who was born in Iowa on June 12, 1857, daughter of Willis and Minerva (Smith) Smith, natives of Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson continued to make their home in Iowa until 1881, when they disposed of their interests there and came to Kansas, settling on the farm in Bigelow township, this county, where Mrs. Johnson is still living. Mr. Johnson bought a tract of one hundred acres upon settling there, built a house and barn and presently had a well-established farm plant, which he continued to develop and improve until the time of his death, one of the progressive and enterprising farmers of that section of the county. He gave considerable attention to the raising of high-grade live stock, with particular reference to Jersey cattle, and did very well in his fanning operations. Since his death his widow, who has continued the operations of the farm, had added an adjoining "forty" to the place and is now the owner of an excellent farm of one hundred and forty acres. Mr. Johnson, who died on October 24, 1907, was a Republican and gave a good citizen's attention to local political affairs. He attended the services of the Methodist Episcopal church and was an active member of the local post of the Grand Army of the Republic at Irving, in the affairs of which patriotic organization he ever took an earnest interest.

To Hutchinson and Laura (Smith) Johnson eight children were born, namely: Amanda, born on January 1, 1878, who married Edgar Williams and is now living at Alice, Texas; Sydney, May 12, 1882, now living near Barrett, who married Edith Jones and has three children, Arline. Winifred and Geneva; Clarence, February 19, 1884, now living at Barrett, who married Nellie Hodges and has one child, a daughter, Thelma : Effie, November 17, 1887, at home; William, January 5, 1891; Ray, July 26, 1893; Eva, January 15, 1897, and Velma, August 26, 1899. Ray Johnson is serving in the United States navy, now stationed on the "Huntington" in the Gulf of Mexico. The Johnsons have a very pleasant home and take a proper part in the general social activities of the community.

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