Teton County, Wyoming
Emil M. Johnson
Carter County, Montana, has been especially honored in the character and career of her public and professional men, but in every community there are to be found, rising above their fellows, individuals born to leadership in the various vocations, men who dominate not alone by superior intelligence and natural endowment but by natural force of character which minimizes discouragements and dares important undertakings. Such men are by no means rare, and it is always profitable to study their lives, weigh their motives and hold up their achievements as incentives to greater activity and higher excellence on the part of others just entering upon their life work. These reflections are suggested by the career of Emil M. Johnson, the able editor and publisher of the Beaver Valley Press of Ekalaka, a man who has forged his way to the front ranks in the exacting field of journalism, and who by a strong, inherent force, directed by intelligence and judgment of a high order, stands today among the representative citizens of a community widely noted for the excellence of its professional talent, although he has only recently cast his lot with the people of Carter County.
Emil M. Johnson was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on September 5, 1892, and is the son of August and Bettie (Daniels) Johnson. August Johnson was born in Vannersborg, Sweden, on December 15, 1859, and came to the United States in 1884, locating at Grasswell, Minnesota, where he obtained employment as a farm hand. Later he went to Omaha, Nebraska, and engaged in the wholesale butchering business for about twelve years. From there he went to Seattle, Washington, which was his home for many years. He then acquired a ranch at Mayfield, Idaho where he lived until coming to Ekalaka, where he now makes his home. He was married in Omaha in February 1890, to Bettie Daniels, a native of Southern Sweden, and whose death occurred in Omaha. To these parents were born three children, namely: Emil, immediate subject of this sketch; Edith of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Alma, a teacher at Ekalaka.
Emil Johnson was reared mainly in Seattle, Washington, where he secured a good public school education, being a graduate of the high school. He then entered the office of the Seattle Times, where he learned the trade of printing, and then spent four additional years on that paper. He then went to his father's ranch at Mayfield, Idaho, for a time and while there became connected with the Elmore County Times as a printer. From there he went to Richfield, Idaho, where he became editor of the Richfield Recorder, conducting the affairs of that paper for two years. In December, 1916, Mr. Johnson came to Ekalaka as editor of the Beaver Valley Press, and in March, 1917, became its sole owner by purchase. The Beaver Valley Press was founded at Ekalaka in 1916, the first issue bearing date of September 15th of that year. The paper was started as a political sheet by L. A. Conser, of Baker, and is of the republican political faith, being the only newspaper of that political faith in Carter County. Mr. Johnson has made a definite impression since identifying himself with Carter County, and today his influence is marked on the political, business and civic life of the community. He is a forceful writer, taking firm ground on the issues of the day and speaking in no uncertain tones. He stands consistently at all times for the very best things for the community and withholds his support from no movement for the welfare of the people. Personally he is genial and companionable, and to a marked degree enjoys the confidence and good will of the community.
Mr. Johnson was married in Richfield, Idaho, on September 10, 1916, to Alice Green, a daughter of John Green, a miner who lost his life in Phillipsburg, Montana. He was among the early settlers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. To Mr. and Mrs. Johnson has been born a son, Bert.
Politically Mr. Johnson has been a life-long supporter of the republican party, his first presidential vote having been cast for Charles E. Hughes. He has served Ekalaka as justice of the peace, and is the present secretary of the Ekalaka Commercial Club. Fraternally he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and is vice grand of the subordinate lodge at Ekalaka. In everything which he has undertaken Mr. Johnson has been successful, because he has devoted himself indefatigably to the one thing in hand. He is a man of marked qualities of character — such qualities as make for success in any undertaking, and because of his success and his splendid personal qualities he deserves the popularity which he enjoys.
["Montana, its story and biography : a history of aboriginal and territorial Montana and three decades of statehood"; L E Munson, Chicago: American Historical Society, 1921 - Sub. by K.T.]
Harold T. Mapes
HAROLD THOMAS MAPES was born June 18, 1885. He lives at Snug Harbor Ranch, Moose, Wyoming and has one daughter: Louise Mapes
["The Mapes family in America", Edited by Frank Mapes Ham,1962 - Sub. by K.T.]
Katharine Perkins, 1st child of John Forbes Perkins and Mary (Coolidge) Perkins, was born March 19, 1907, at Milton, Mass. She attended the Brilliamonte School, Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1924 and 1925, and Radcliffe College, 1926-7. Several of her poems were published in the Forum Magazine. She married June 15, 1927, at Jackson's Hole, Moose, Wyoming, Mitchell
Gratwick, a Master of Milton Academy. She died February 1, 1930, at Buffalo, N. Y. In her memory the Katharine Perkins Gratwick Foundation was established at Milton Academy in 1930
by Mr. Gratwick. It provides annual concerts by artists of distinction. She was an accomplished musician. ["A Sedgwick genealogy : descendants of Deacon Benjamin Sedgwick" by Hubert M. Sedgwick, New Haven, Conn., 1961 - Sub. by K.T.]
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