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Frank A. Johnson. A resident of Andrew County since 1903, Frank A. Johnson has been engaged in agricultural pursuits in Benton Township with a full measure of success since that time, and as the owner of Maple Hill Farm has one of the nicest properties in this locality. That men of broad and varied experience are best fitted for the vocation of farming is doubted by no one familiar with the intellectual and general demands placed upon present day exponents of scientific agriculture, and especially is a knowledge of general business an important item in the equipment of those who conduct farming operations. The possession of this advantage has contributed largely to Mr. Johnson's success.
Frank A. Johnson was born in Henry County, Illinois, September 21, 1859, and is a son of Hans and Eliza (Nord) Johnson, natives of Sweden. The father, who came to the United States alone, located on a farm in Henry County, Illinois, where he was married, and there continued to be engaged in agricultural pursuits during the remainder of his life, passing away about the year 1865, when he was forty-two years of age. Mrs. Johnson, who survived her husband until June, 1910, and was seventy years of age at the time of her demise, came to the United States and to Illinois with her parents, when she was eleven years of age. She was a daughter of John Nord, who located in Henry County, and who was twice married, having three children by each wife. One of Mrs. Johnson's brothers, John M. Nord, served as a Union soldier during the Civil war and is now retired and a resident of Nebraska, while a stepbrother, Charles Johnson, was also a soldier in that struggle and is now a resident of California. Mrs. Johnson was married a second time, after the death of her first husband, to Charles Peterson, and by each union had six children, Frank A. being the third child by her first marriage. Charles Peterson served in the Civil war three years.
Frank A. Johnson was something more than five years of age when his father died, and he was largely reared by his stepfather who sent him to the public schools of Henry County, Illinois. There he assisted Mr. Peterson in the work of the homestead until 1889, in which year he went to Wayne County, Nebraska, where he spent some fifteen years. Mr. Johnson came to Andrew County, Missouri, in March, 1903, selling his 240-acre Nebraska farm, and here purchasing a property of 445 acres. on which he has put three separate sets of modern farm improvements, of the most highly approved character. He has devoted himself to the raising of grain and the growing of livestock, and each year feeds three cars of cattle and two cars of hogs. Maple Hill Farm is named from the maple grove about the home, which is situated on an elevation, giving an excellent view of the country for miles around. This is mostly valley or bottom land, a rich sandy loam which yields bumper crops. Mr. Johnson keeps fully abreast of the times in his calling, and is skilled in the use of the most modern methods and machinery. He has established a reputation not only as a good and practical agriculturist, but as a man of the highest integrity, whose fidelity to engagements and straightforward dealing have won the confidence of his associates. A democrat in his political views, he has not been an office seeker, but has always been anxious to do his part as a good citizen. He is a Master Mason and a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, and his religious connection is with the Christian Church at Bolckow.
On August 15, 1889, Mr. Johnson was united in marriage with Miss Mary C. Classman, who was born at McGregor, Clayton County, Iowa, May 9, 1871, a daughter of Henry and Caroline (Helming) Classman, natives of Germany, who were born near Hanover. Mrs. Classman came to the United States at the age of eighteen years, while her husband was twenty-five years old at the time of his arrival, and they were married at Clinton, Iowa. After a long career passed in agricultural pursuits, Mr. Classman died June 21, 1908, at Wayne, Nebraska, at the age of seventy years, and Mrs. Classman still makes her home there, being now seventy years old.
Three sons and six daughters have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, all of whom are living except one: Frank E., who is the proprietor of an automobile garage at Bolckow, Missouri; Blanche R., who is the wife of Lyle Chamberlain, of Dwyer, Wyoming; Grace E., who resides with her parents; Laverne; Mary; Sadie; Loren; Royal and Jennie. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson have one granddaughter: Mary Louise Johnson.
[Source: A history of northwest Missouri, Volume 3; Edited by Walter Williams; Publ. 1890; Pgs.1867-1868; Transcribed and submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack]


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