M. Norton and Joseph L. Johnson c. 1900
Theodore L. Johnson (b. July 9, 1878, d. February 17, 1956) was born
and grew up on a farm on the prairie near Maynard, Chippewa County
in western Minnesota. Joseph was a
printer and would work 10–12 hours a day. His printing company (St. Paul Pioneer Press) had contract to print up the legislative assembly bills over night
and he he would have to work all the night.
married Nettie Mirah Norton (b. March
6, 1883 in Itasca, Freeborn County, Minnesota, d. September
24, 1957 in St. Paul, Minnesota). The spelling of her second
name is uncertain, another possible spelling: Maria. Nettie and Joseph
married on Oct. 16, 1904 in in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.
parents were Nelson R. Norton (b. July 15, 1852, d. October 18, 1918)
and Aletta M. Dominick (b. July 20, 1854, d. August 18,1895). More
about Aletta and Nelson Norton here...
and Joseph met when they both worked in a printing office of the
local newspaper in Willmar, Minnesota. Before they got married Nettie
worked in a print shop in Milnor, North Dakota. (Kenneth J. Johnson
family had their
home in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. The street address was
1196 Jessie Street. All the neighbours were Swedes or Norwegians. (Ref.: Kenneth J. Johnson
Joseph T. Johnson passed away on February 17,
1956 at Mounds Park Hospital, St. Paul.
about 1910, died two weeks old)
Norton Johnson (b.
June 3, 1912). Theodore was pastor of Stratford Baptist Church, Malone,
New York State. He married Verna Wilson. Children: Audrey
Joseph Johnson (b. in St. Paul). Profession:
Doctor of Medicine. Married Adele Cecilie Goetze (b. in Young America,
Carver County), who was a nurse. They got four children. More about
Adele and Kenneth here...
N. Johnson with Theodore Dec. 12, 1913.
L. Johnson with Theodore 6 1/2 months.
and father's favorites...
Kenneth was not real close to his father. HIs father missed his daughter Theodocia
(died at two weeks) and was closer to Kenneth's brother Theodore. Kenneth however,
was closer to his mother and he was her favorite. Kenneth and his mother talked
a lot and confided to each other.
Nettie was a strong christian. Later
in the children's childhood, she took up church work (Baptist Church, St. Paul) as a church
visitor to poor people and prospective members and often came
home late. Nettie also helped the Spanish and Indian
low-income people in St. Paul. She was very active and received many
gifts from them when Adele and Kenneth got married; brightly colored
crocheted work, etc.
Adele and Kenneth J. Johnson
a deacon in the Baptist Church and a lodge member.«The lodge
held occasional social events for their sposes and children. On this
occasion the men were standing around in small groups making conversation.
One said something to me, and being very shy, I moved to my father and
put my arm around his pants, over his calf. They all started laughing.
To see why, I looked up to discover that that was another man, not my
father, whose leg I had embraced.» Kenneth J. Johnson, about 2000
dad's strongest trait
work in a printing company my father was the only one able
to lay out sixty four pages of print on a printing press "bed" in
such a way so that when a sheet of paper was laid on it and printed
on, that sheet of paper could be folded and refolded and refolded,
then has the top and bottom and right-sided edges trimmed. When opened
up, there was a 64 page booklet, in correct numerical sequence pages,
all pages right side up!
Kenneth J. Johnson, 1999
When Kenneth was a little boy he had
a strange experience falling down steps. Kenneth tells himself, "It
was an old house. The cellar stairs had no railing on the east side.
The first half went to a landing and from the landing, the stairs
went north to the basement. I started down these cellar stairs
from the first floor and I tripped and rolled head over heels down
to the landing and then bounced down the second flight of stairs
and landed on the basement cement floor. When I sat up, I wasn't
injured but I looked up to te landing and there I saw what apparently
was an angel, because it didn't look like any of the pictures. It
was a short person, as tall as a kid, five or six years old kid,
and it was brown-colored – and he was looking at me." You
weren't scared about that? "No, not a bit."
Kenneth J. Johnson, 2000
iron cast toy tractor from about 1920