Bio: Johnson, Albert (1858 – 19??)





Surnames: Johnson, Donohue, Liljequist


---Source: History of Marathon County Wisconsin and Representative Citizens, by Louis Marchetti, 1913.


Johnson, Albert (16 June 1858 – 19??)


ALBERT JOHNSON, a well known resident of the town of Maine, where is situated his farm of 120 acres, was born in Norway, June 16, 1858, and is a son of John and Gena (Johnson) Johnson. In 1870 they came to Wisconsin and spent the rest of their lives in Waupaca County, where the father was a farmer. They had the following children: Cornelia, Anna, Albert, Gena, Tena, John and Lollie. Albert Johnson was in his twelfth year when the family came to America and settled in Waupaca County, Wisconsin, where he remained until he was sixteen years of age and then came to Marathon County. Here he found plenty of work in the woods although it was very laborious, and he continued to work as a hired hand at logging until he was about twenty-five years old. Then he went into partnership in the logging business with Dennis Donohue and they continued together for twelve years. Mr. Johnson then went to Boyd, Wisconsin, where he bought a farm and lived on it for four years and then sold to advantage and came to the one he now has in the town of Maine. The farm was cleared, but Mr. Johnson improved it and remodeled the buildings and now has a very comfortable home, and carries on general farming and is meeting with very satisfactory results.


 In 1895 Mr. Johnson was married to Miss Minnie Liljequist, who was born at Wausau, January 20, 1872, a daughter of John and Alice (Johnson) Liljequist. The parents of Mrs. Johnson were born and married in Sweden and after coming to the United States lived for one year in New York and then came to Wausau, where he lived two years and then moved to Kelley, Wisconsin, where he followed farming and logging. Mr. Liljequist had eighteen years of medical practice in Sweden, but never had any diploma. He spent one year in Karlskrona, and one year in Malmo, Sweden, in hospitals studying medicine. After this he worked 18 years in a soldier’s hospital caring for the sick. When his family came to Wausau there was only one building on the west side of the river and although not having a diploma he was ever ready to help or relieve the sick. Many a broken bone he set; healed old wounds, extracted teeth, etc. Here he followed logging and farming. They had five children older than Mrs. Johnson: Mary, Frank, Charles, Alma and Oran, and three younger: William, Alice and Lawrence. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson have two children: Albert and Hazel. They attend the Presbyterian Church at Wausau. Mr. Johnson casts his vote with the Republican Party.




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