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O.B. & Anna Johnson

O.B. & Anna Johnson

Anna Christina Young was born in Sweden in 1842. At some point before 1872 she immigrated to the US. No information found yet on her parents and family.

Ole B. Johnson was born in Denmark in 1851. His parents were Johan Pedersen and Barbara Margrethe Hansen and he had several siblings. He immigrated to the US in 1871. His mother and sisters might have immigrated at the same time.

Ole and Anna met in the US and were married in 1872 in LaCrosse, WI.

They had a son and a daughter, both born in Minnesota. Oscar Emil was born 1873 and married Maggie Olsen. Alma was born 1895 and married Ben Martinson.

Ole and Anna travelled back to Scandinavia for a visit later in life. There is an old photo of a man in front of a house titled "Our Old Home in Dalby, Danmark", with several names written at the bottom and dated 1913. Ole's name is the center and it seems the photo is of Ole.

Anna died in 1917.

Ole applied for a passport in 1919 which states that Ole plans to travel to Norway, Sweden, and Denmark to visit relatives. No travel records found yet.

Ole remarried after Anna's death. Jennie Bornschein was born in 1871, so she was 20 years younger than Ole. She also outlived him by over 25 years and is buried with her parents in Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.


Ole died in 1931.

Ole, Anna, and both of their children are buried in Ruthton Cemetery in Ruthton, MN.

Sweden Flag

Anna came from Sweden

Denmark Flag

Ole came from Denmark

Parents & Ancestry Edit

Johan Pedersen Barbara Margrethe Hansen  ? ?
Ole B. Johnson Anna Christina Young

Census:

  • Ole's parents were both born in Denmark.
  • Anna's parents were both born in Sweden.

Ole's US passport application:

  • Ole's father's name was typed as "Johan Pederson" and "Johnson" was written in after it. This might be because it was expected that Ole would have the same surname as his father, which in realty would not have been the case per Scandinavian naming customs.
  • Ole's father was born in Denmark and died at some point before the application, which was in 1919.

Denmark Baptism:

  • Ole's parents are Ole Johansen and Barbara Margrethe Hansen

Children Edit

According to the census, Ole and Anna only had 2 children. There were no additional children that died young.

Oscar Johnson Edit

Main article: Oscar Johnson & Maggie Olsen

  • Born on January 26, 1873 in Winona, MN
  • Married 1898
  • Died on January 20, 1948 in Tyler, MN
  • Links:
  • Spouse: Maggie Olsen

Alma Johnson [Martinson] Edit

Alma & Ben Martinson

Alma & Ben Martinson

Alma Johnson married Ben Martinson in 1895. He was born in Mason City, Iowa, in 1870. His father was a railroad man and a farmer. Ben came with his family to a farm near Ruthton in 1882. Ben and Alma moved to Ruthton in 1904 where he ran a livery stable. Many times he would take salesmen to different towns with horse and a buggy. Later he went into the implement business. They had two children, Mildred, born March 8, 1899, and Merle. Alma died in 1928. When the girls were grown Ben remarried. He died in 1955.

  • Spouse: Bennett "Ben" Martinson
    • Born 1870 in Mason City, IA
    • Died 1955 in Pipestone County, MN
    • His parents immigrated from Norway
    • Links:
  • Daughter: Mildred Irene Martinson [Andersen]
  • Daughter: Merle Evelyn Martinson [Christensen]

Timeline Edit

1842 December Anna Young is born Sweden
1851 April 15 Ole Johnson is born Dalby, Denmark
1851 May 11 Ole is christened Dalby, Denmark
1869 Anna immigrates to the US
1871 September Ole immigrates to the US
  • A few sources say 1870 or 1872
  • His mother and sisters may have been with him
Ole lives in Missouri? Webster Groves, MO
1872 Ole and Anna are married LaCrosse, WI
1873 January 26 son Oscar is born Winona, MN
1877 daughter Alma is born Minnesota
1880 June 17 US Federal Census
  • Ole is a farmer
  • Ole and Christina have 2 children
Pipestone County, MN
1884 January 9 Ole and Christina become US citizens Lincoln County, MN
1885 June Minnesota State Census
  • Ole and Christina have 2 children
1895 June 5 Minnesota State Census
  • Ole and Christina have 2 children
Aetna, MN
1895 daughter Alma marries Ben Martinson
1900 June US Federal Census
  • Ole and Christina's children have moved out
  • Alma lives next door with her husband and daughter
Ruthton, MN
1905 Minnesota State Census
  • Ole and Christina have lived in Minnesota for 24 years
Aetna, MN
1910 April 16 US Federal Census
  • Ole and Christina have a boarder named Owen B. Young
  • Alma lives next door with her husband and two daughters
Ruthton, MN
1913 Ole and Christina travel to Denmark
August 20 Ole visits his old home Dalby, DK
September 25 Ole and Christina depart Copenhagen Copenhagen, DK
October 8 Ole and Christina arrive in New York on their way home New York
1917 Anna dies
1919 August Ole applies for a passport visit Scandinavia Ruthton, MN
1919 September Ole's passport is issued
1919 November Ole travels to Scandinavia
  • According to his passport application, he had plans to travel
  • No evidence yet found to show that he actually went
1920 US Federal Census
  • Ole lives with his son Oscar and his family
  • The date is left blank on the census
1921 April 28 Ole Johnson and Jennie Bornschein are married
1928 daughter Alma dies Pipestone County, MN
1931 Ole dies in Pipestone County, MN

Documents & Articles Edit

FamilySearch.org profile Edit

FindAGrave.com Edit

Denmark Baptisms - Ole Johansen Edit

Denmark Births - Ole Johansen

Denmark Births - Ole Johansen

Name Ole Johansen
Gender Male
Christening Date May 11, 1851
Christening Place Dalby, Odense, Denmark
Birth Date April 15, 1851
Father's Name Johan Pedersen
Mother's Name Barbara Margrethe Hansen

Johnson Family History Edit

Main page: Johnson Family History
O.B

a page from Johnson Family History

O.B. Johnson Family Edit

Main page: O.B. and Johnson Biography

Another old time family is that of O.B. Johnson. They were pioneers in the Ruthton vicinity. O.B. Johnson was born in 1851, in Denmark, and came to America in 1871. In Denmark he was a farmer, here he did many things and had much to do with the development of the town. He married Anne L.C. Young in LaCrosse. Wis., in 1872. They had two children, Oscar, born in 1873, and Alma. Anna died in 1917, and he died in 1931.

Oscar married Magdalene Olsen in 1898, and Alma married Ben Martinson in 1895.

Oscar and Magdalene had five children: Lester, Leroy, Ruth, Violet, and Francis. Oscar was a blacksmith, was in business, was night cop, a mailman, a fireman, worked for the school, and was on the Village Council.

All the children married and moved away except Francis. He lived in Ruthton all his life. He was married and had one daughter, Berdetta. She married, had three children and lives in Chicago, 111. Francis' first wife died and he remarried and had six step-children. His wife lives in Pipestone, Minn. He spent 42 years working for the railroad and as section boss for many of them. He also had other jobs. He died in 1984.

In a letter Violet wrote, she tells about her dad building a house. The bank went broke so their money for the house was gone, then he broke his leg, causing another delay. They lived in the basement and little by little the first floor was finished. The Johnsons lived in Ruthton until their deaths in 1940 and 1948.

Alma Johnson married Ben Martinson in 1895. He was born in Mason City, Iowa, in 1870. His father was a railroad man and a farmer. Ben came with his family to a farm near Ruthton in 1882. Ben and Alma moved to Ruthton in 1904 where he ran a livery stable. Many times he would take salesmen to different towns with horse and a buggy.

Later he went into the implement business. They had two children, Mildred, born March 8, 1899, and Merle.. Alma died in 1928. When the girls were grown Ben remarried. He died in 1955.

Mildred married Alfred Andersen on Nov. 28, 1922. They had the children: Jean, Mrs. Jack Miller, Tracy, Minn.; Jack, Hutchinson, Minn.; and Douglas, Palm Desert, Calif. They all attended the Ruthton High School. Alfred had a hardware and shoe shop. Mildred worked in the Ruthton bank and a!, a bookkeeper in the elevator. Later Alfred and Mildred moved to Arlington, Minn., where she worked as the city clerk. He died there. Mildred died Feb. 26, 1987.

Merle worked in several banks including the Ruthton State Bank. She married Fred Christensen and they had five children, one boy and two girls have died. Fred worked for the John Deere Company and later had an implement business in Slayton. Fred is deceased hut Merle still resides in Slayton.

My Heritage Edit

Main page: Johnson Violin
Johnson Violin

a page from Johnson Family History

My great-great-grandparents, on my father's side, were born in Denmark. They lived on a small farm and lived to the ripe old age of ninety-three. They died in Denmark.

My great-grandfather was born in Denmark and was a great violinist. He died at the age of fifty-four. His violin was an old one and according to the date stamped on the inside of the violin, it is two hundred and twenty-seven years old. It is greatly cherished by my grandfather, Mr. O.B. Johnson, who now lives in the city of Ruthton, Minnesota.

My great-grandmother was born in Denmark and came to this country in 1871 with her son and two daughters. She settled in St. Louis, Missouri where her son resided. After living in St. Louis a short time, she came to Minnesota. For a while she lived in Winona, Minn. and from there came to Pipestone county. She took up a homestead on the Northeast Quarter of Section 32 of Etna Township. School was held in her home for two terms. She sold this homestead and moved to Ruthton, Minn. While in Ruthton, she built a home on lot four, block four, and died in this place at the age of seventy-four years and eight months. She was buried in the Ruthton cemetery.

Ruthton Cemetery Edit

O.B

photo provided by Denise Eaton

Mrs. O.B

photo provided by Denise Eaton

Located in Ruthton, MN

Find-a-Grave links:

Dalby House Edit

Main page: Dalby House
Our Old Home in Dalby, Danmark

According to the caption, this is Ole in 1913. He must have gone back to visit his childhood home.

Census Edit

1880 US Federal Census Edit

Main page: USFC 1880 Ole Johnson

  • A man named LeRoy Jones lives next door with his family. This might be the same person that signed Ole's passport application in 1919. The application said they had known each other 30 years. If this is the same person, they actually knew each other closer to 40 years.
    USFC 1880 Ole Johnson

    1880 US Federal Census

Town Unorganized
County Pipestone
State Minnesota
Date June 7, 1880
Enumerator Edwin W. Day
Name Sex Age Role Occupation Birthplace
Johnson Ole B. M 28 Farmer Denmark
Christina F 35 Wife Housekeeper Sweden
Oscar E. M 7 Son Minnesota
Alme F 3 Daughter Minnesota

1885 Minnesota State Census Edit

1995 Minnesota State Census Edit

1900 US Federal Census Edit

Main page: USFC 1900 Ole Johnson
USFC 1900 Ole Johnson

1900 US Federal Census

State Minnesota
County Pipestone
Town Village of Ruthton
Date June 8 [?], 1900
Name Role Sex Birthdate Age

Years

Married

Birthplace Immigrated
Martinson Bengiet [?] Head M November 1871 28 3 Iowa
Alma Wife F May 1878 22 3 Minnesota
Mildred Daughter F March 1899 1 Minnesota
Johnson Ole Head M April 1850 50 28 Denmark 1871
Christina Wife F December 1841 58 28 Sweden 1869

1905 Minnesota State Census Edit

1910 US Federal Census Edit

Main page: USFC 1910 Ole Johnson
USFC 1910 Ole Johnson

1910 US Federal Census

1920 US Federal Census Edit

USFC 1920 Oscar Johnson

1920 US Federal Census

Main page: USFC 1920 Oscar Johnson

  • Ruthton, MN
  • Oscar and Maggie have 5 children living at home, ranging in age from 4 to 20
  • Ole B. Johnson is widowed and lives with his son's family
  • The date is left blank, which is unfortunate because Ole had plans to travel to Scandinavia in late 1919 and the date might have helped determine if he went or when he returned.
  • FamilySearch.org

Birth Edit

Denmark Baptisms - Ole Johansen Edit

Name Ole Johansen
Gender Male
Christening Date May 11, 1851
Christening Place Dalby,Odense,Denmark
Birth Date April 15, 1851
Father's Name Johan Pedersen
Mother's Name Barbara Margrethe Hansen

Travel Edit

Passenger Lists - US Citizens Arrival Edit

Ole and Christina Johnson - travel 1913

New York Passenger Arrival

  • Ancestry.com
  • The information on naturalization appears to apply to both Ole and Christina.
Ship S.S.C.F. Tietgen
Departure Place Copenhagen
Departure Date September 25, 1913
Arrival Place Port of New York
Arrival Date October 8, 1913
Name Age Naturalization Address in the US
Johnson, Ole B. 63 [?] Lincoln Co.

Lake Benton, MN

January 9, 1884

[?] Ruthton
Johnson, Kristina 70 [?] Ruthton, Minnesota

Passport Application - Ole B. Johnson Edit

Passport Application - Ole Johnson

Passport Application - Ole Johnson

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