Our subject who is a general farmer and dairyman, is the owner of one hundred and forty acres of land on section 22, Palmyra Township, which he cultivates to such good purpose that it yields him a very comfortable income. He keeps from one hundred and twenty to one hundred and twenty-five cows and is doing an immense business as a dairyman.

Mr. Johnson was born on the old homestead of which he is the present owner, January 22, 1847, and which has always been his home. He is the son of Ebenezer H. Johnson, a native of Chenango County, N. Y. and of New England parentage. The grandparents of our subject were natives of Connecticut, but later went to New York where they were among the early settlers in Chenanga County and where they passed their last days. Ebenezer Johnson received a good education in his native county and there married the mother of our subject, who was a native of the same county and State as was her husband and soon after their marriage in company with a number of other families came West to Illinois by the overland route, settling on a "squatter's" claim on section 22, Palmyra Township, this county, the same tract on which our subject makes his home. Their removal here was made in 1835 and the young couple at once set about improving their place and at the time of his death Mr. Johnson left a beautiful farm. He died on the old homestead, August 29, 1885, after having reached the advanced age of seventy-five years. He was a prominent man in his township and one of the earliest pioneers. He always took an active interest in politics and at one time served as Township Supervisor, holding the office for a number of years. He favored the platform of the Republican party and was loyal to its principles. In religious matters he was a member of the Presbyterian Church to the support of which body he always gave liberally and cheerfully. The wife of Mr. E. H. Johnson died in Palmyra Township, May 15, 1885, when seventy six years of age. She was a member of the Episcopal Church.

Ralph E. Johnson established a hearthstone of his own March 10th, 1875, at which date he was married to Miss Abbie M. Knox, the ceremony being solemnized in Broome County N. Y., which was his native State and where she was reared to womanhood. her parents, George and Jerusha (Brown) Knox, and are well-to-do and are residing in Broome County N.Y., retired from the active duties of life. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are the parents of three children, all of whom are yet under the parental roof. They bear the names respectively of Anna G., Rena E. and Myra.

In polities, the Republican party claim our subject as one of its most efficient workers. He is liberal and broad-minded and with his estimable wife is highly prized in his community.

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