Bio: Johns, Edward G. (1902 - 1984)

 

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Suurnames: Johns, Calway, Rodiger, Wittig, Barrett, Stark, Clapp, Sprise, Johnson, Hein, Grouse, Foster, Glowiendka, Barse, schueuneman, Schmallen, Higgins, Gygi, McGowan, Joslin, Panter, Manteufel, Luedtke, Jorgensen, Jorgenson, Crosby, Pryor, Koerner, Staege, Cann, Lessig, Nelson, Vollert, Grund, Lewis, Louro

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., Wis.), Dec 1943

December, 1943--The Calway cranberry development, in the town of Hewett, has been sold to Leonard Rodiger and Edward Johns of the Wisconsin Rapids area. The young men are in possession and are proceeding with plans to carry on the development, which was started by the late Forrest D. Calway.

This transaction is one of the most important transfers in the recent history of Clark County, involoving an opportunity to develop a project that may well attain high value. The beds already planted extend over about 11 acres, but the opportunity is there to developing seven or eight times the present area of cranberries. That means it is an important project with very substantial potential.

The cranberry project, in the town of Hewett, became the chief interest and life work of Forrest D. Calway, who in the Depression years, turned to it in preference to exclusive devotion to the practice of law. Mr. Calway felt that such a development, in the lean years of the Depression, would grow with recovery to an important investment.

In developing this idea, Mr. Calway purchased about 640 acres of land and possessed himself of water rights needed for the development and perpetual care of the cranberry beds. He had first investigated the possibilities of that particular area and had satisfied himself that the correct elements were present in land and water for the growth of cranberries. He retained all of the water right and all of the land, about 320 acres, needed for the cranberry project.

Having collected the necessary land and rights, Mr. Calway did such construction work by way of dams, ditches, ponds and flumes as would provide for the cranberry beds. He made considerable plantings and had brought some of the first beds to bearing. It was in the company's pickup truck, which he used for his work at the cranberry marsh, that his seizure came, not quite two years ago, which brought Mr. Calway's efforts summarily to an end.

This left the responsibility of the marsh to Mrs. Calway, who has managed it for two seasons, but who at no time intended to attempt its further development and permanent ownership and management. With the sale now concluded, she is relieved of the burden.  Clark Co., Press

 

----Source: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune July 27, 1922

Edward Johns drove to Babcock yesterday where he transacted business.

----Source: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune February 20, 1923

Nekoosa Society Notes

Birthday Party

Mrs. Edward Johns was tendered a surprise last evening by a large number of friends and relatives, the occasion being her birthday. The evening was spent playing auction bridge. Mrs. J. B. McDonald and Edward Johns holding high scores.  The guests presented Mrs. Johns with a beautiful gift.

 

----Source: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune August 15, 1941

Mrs. Edward Johns is at St. Joseph's hospital in Marshfield with her son, William, who is there for treatments.

 

----Source: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune November 8, 1969

 

Long-time Elks — Six of the nine members of Elks Lodge No. 693 who will be presented with 50-year membership pins this evenings appear above. Left to right (seated) are E. C. Wittig, Leo Barrett and Charles Stark; (standing), Stanley Clapp, W. A. Sprise and Ward Johnson. Not present for the picture were G. S. Hein, C. K. Grouse and Walter Johnson, the latter of Rhinelander. (Tribune Photo)

 

Elks to honor 50-year members, initiate class

 

A class of 25 candidates will be initiated into Elks Lodge No. 693 and nine 50-year members will be honored by the lodge this evening.

 

Here for the initiation will be District Deputy Warren Foster, Baraboo, with Gene Glowienka, exalted ruler, conducting the ceremony.

 

Initiation is scheduled for 5 p.m. The new members to be inducted are Joseph Barse, Burton Scheuneman, Richard Ferris, Jerry Schmallen, James Higgms, Harvey Gygi, Lewis McGowan, Harry Joslin, Charles Panter, Edward Johns, Roy Manteufel, Jack Luedtke, David Jorgensen, Larry Jorgenson, Robert Crosby, Don Pryor, Noah Koerner, Earl Staege, Dallas Cann, Gary Lessig, Allan Nelson, Irvm Vollert, Richard Grund, Don Lewis and Louis Louro.

 

The 50-year members are Ward Johnson, Gilbert S. Hein, Leo Barrette, Charles Stark, Walter Johnson, C. K. Grouse, E. C. Wittig, W. A. Sprise and Stanley Clapp. All reside her except Walter Johnson, who now lives at Rhinelander.

 

The local lodge was chartered m 1901. The new class raises the current membership to 512. Following the initiation there will be cocktails at 6:30, dinner at 7:30, and dancing at 9 p.m. with music by Howie Sturtz and his orchestra.

 

1940 Federal Census Record, Ward 4, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin Rapids City, Wood, Wisconsin, United States, Enumeration District Number: 71-42, family 178, line 30.


Edward Johns, white, married, male
Residence in 1935: Same Place

Household Members
Head Edward Johns M 38 (1902) Wisconsin
Wife Vida Johns F 41 Wisconsin
Daughter Barbara Johns F 13 Wisconsin
Son William Johns M 13 Wisconsin

 

Wisconsin Death Records

 

Edward G Johns
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 07 Jul 1984
Event Place: , Wood, Wisconsin
Residence Place: Wood, Wisconsin

 

 


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