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Oscar Emil Johnson

  • Born on January 26, 1873 in Winona, MN
  • Died on January 20, 1948 in Tyler, MN

Magdalena Christina "Maggie" Olsen

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Maggie was born in Denmark

Maggie Olsen

Maggie as a child, probably with her brother Peter

  • Born on February 16, 1874 in Denmark
  • Immigrated to the US with her parents in 1882. Settled in WI and moved to MN in 1891.
  • Died on November 6, 1940 in Ruthton, MN

Oscar & Maggie

  • Married on June 29, 1898 in Pipestone County, MN
  • Buried in Ruthton Cemetery in Ruthton, MN

Parents & Ancestry Edit

Ole B. Johnson Anna Christina Young Kristen Olsen Bengta Petersen
Oscar Johnson Maggie Olsen
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Oscar and Maggie's mothers were both born in Sweden

Oscar and Maggie each have a Danish father and a Swedish mother.

Anna Young was born in Sweden and Ole B. Johnson was born in Denmark. They each immigrated to the US where they met and were married.

Kristen Olsen was born in Denmark. Bengta Petersen was born in Sweden and then moved to Denmark where she married Kristen. Kristen and Bengta immigrated to the US with their young children, including Maggie.

No information found yet on their grandparents.

See parents' pages for more information.

Children Edit

Violet & Francis Johnson

siblings Violet and Francis Johnson

The Johnsons had 5 children that grew to adulthood. There was at least one more child who died before 1910. It is possible that others were born after 1910 and died young.

Francis Willard Johnson Edit

Main page: Francis Johnson
Francis Willard Johnson

Francis Willard Johnson

  • Born on April 2, 1899 in Ruthton, MN
  • Married (1) Leila Dagel on December 21, 1925
    • Divorced several years before 1955
  • Married (2) Ida Wrege on July 20, 1955
    • She was a widow and had had six children with her first husband
  • One child: Berdetta Margaret Johnson
    • Daughter of Francis and Leila
    • Born on November 25, 1926 in Ruthton, MN
    • Married (1) Sigurd Peter "Sig" Dronen on June 26, 1947
    • Married (2) Alexander Shay on September 19, 1987
    • Three children with Sig
  • Died on September 13, 1984 at Pipestone County Medical Center
  • Excerpt from Johnson Family History Books "O.B. Johnson Family":
    • 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, Ill. 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.

Leroy Johnson Edit

Violet Johnson Edit

  • Born in 1911
  • Married Leslie Helmer Johnson
  • Died in 1991
  • Four children

Ruth Johnson Edit

  • Born July 30, 1915 in Ruthton, MN
  • Married June 23, 1936 in Minneapolis, MN
    • At LeRoy & Gertrude Johnson's house
  • Died June 13, 1998 in San Jose, CA
  • Spouse: Walter Dennin
    • Died October 27, 1974 in Palo Alto, CA
  • 2 children

Lester Johnson Edit

Timeline Edit

January 26 1873 Oscar Johnson is born Winona, MN
February 16 1874 Maggie Olsen is born in Denmark Denmark
Maggie and her family immigrate to the US
August 21 1887 Maggie is confirmed at Emmaus Lutheran Church Racine, WI
1898 Oscar and Maggie are married
April 2 1899 son Francis is born
1900 US Census
  • Oscar and Maggie have one son, Francis
  • Maggie's brother Peter Olson also lives with them
son Lester is born
c. 1906 son Leroy is born
c. 1909 son Leslie is born
1910 US Census
  • Oscar and Maggie have three children
  • They have had one other child that died
North Dakota
daughter Ruth is born
daughter Violet is born
1920 US Census
  • Oscar and Maggie have five children
  • Oscar's father Ole also lives with the family
1930 US Census
  • Maggie and Ruth are the only two children that still live at home
Ruthton, MN
1940 US Census
  • Oscar and Maggie now live alone
Ruthton, MN
November 6 1940 Maggie dies
January 20 1948 Oscar dies Tyler, MN

Documents & Articles Edit

Find-a-Grave Edit

Other Edit

Census Edit

1880 US Federal Census Edit

Main page: USFC 1880 Ole Johnson
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 Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Johnson Ole B. M 28 Farmer Denmark Denmark Denmark
Christina F 35 Wife Housekeeper Sweden Sweden Sweden
Oscar E. M 7 Son Minnesota Denmark Sweden
Alme F 3 Daughter Minnesota Denmark Sweden

1900 US Census Edit

Main page: USFC 1900 Oscar Johnson

USFC 1900 Oscar Johnson
Name Role Sex Age Birthplace
Oscar E Johnson Head M 27 Minnesota
Maggie Johnson Wife F 26 Denmark
Frances W Johnson Son M 1 Minnesota
Pete Olson Brother-in-law M 22 Denmark

1910 US Census Edit

Main page: USFC 1910 Oscar Johnson

USFC 1910 Oscar Johnson
Name Role Sex Age Birthplace
Oscar Johnson Head M 36 Minnesota
Maggie Johnson Wife F 35 Denmark
Francis Johnson Son M 11 Minnesota
Leroy Johnson Son M 4 North Dakota
Lesley Johnson Son M 1 North Dakota

1920 US Census Edit

USFC 1920 Oscar Johnson

Main page: USFC 1920 Oscar Johnson.jpg

Name Role Sex Age Birthplace
Oscar E Johnson Head M 46 Minnesota
Magdalene Johnson Wife F 45 Denmark
Francis W Johnson Son M 20 Minnesota
Le Roy E Johnson Son M 10 North Dakota
Leslie E Johnson Son M 9 North Dakota
Violet E Johnson Daughter F 8 North Dakota
Ruth N Johnson Daughter F 4 Minnesota
Ole B Johnson Father M 66 Denmark

1930 US Census Edit

Main page: USFC 1930 Oscar Johnson

USFC 1930 Oscar Johnson
Name Role Sex Age Birthplace
Oscar Johnson Head M 57 Minnesota
Magdaline Johnson Wife F 56 Denmark
Violet Johnson Daughter F 18 North Dakota
Ruth Johnson Daughter F 14 Minnesota

1940 US Census Edit

Main page: USFC 1940 Oscar Johnson

USFC 1940 Oscar Johnson
Name Role Sex Age Birthplace
Oscar Johnson Head M 67 Minnesota
Magdalena Johnson Wife F 66 Denmark

Marriage Edit

Minnesota County Marriages Edit

Marriage - Oscar Johnson & Maggie Olsen
  • June 29, 1898
  • Pipestone County, MN
  • Witnesses: O.B. Johnson and Peter Olson
  • FamilySearch.org

Minnesota Marriages Edit

Church Records - Maggie Olsen confirmation Edit

Maggie Olsen confirmation

book containing a record of Maggie's confirmation

Name Magdalene Kirstine Olsen
Event Type Confirmation
Birth Date February 16, 1874
Confirmation Date August 21, 1887
Father Christen Olsen
Mother Bengta Olsen
Church Name Emmaus Lutheran Church
Church Location Racine, Wisconsin

Excerpt from my Grandma's family history Edit

O.B

Main article: O.B. and Anna Johnson Biography

[Ole and Anna] had two children, Oscar, born in 1873, and Alma...

Oscar married Magdalene Olsen in 1898...

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.

Sources Edit

Item Information Sources
Oscar and Maggie marriage date June 29, 1898 Minnesota County Marriages
1898 my grandma's family history records
place Pipestone County, MN Minnesota County Marriages

Oscar Edit

Item Information Sources
name Oscar E. Johnson headstone
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Oscar Johnson 1910 US Federal Census
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birth date 1873 headstone
my grandma's family history records
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c. 1874 1910 US Federal Census
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place Minnesota 1880 US Federal Census
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death date 1948 headstone
burial place Ruthton Cemetery headstone

Maggie Edit

Item Information Sources
name Magdalena C. Johnson headstone
Magdalena Johnson 1940 US Federal Census
Magdalene Johnson 1920 US Federal Census
Magdaline Johnson 1930 US Federal Census
Maggie Johnson 1900 US Federal Census
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birth date 1874 headstone
c. 1874 1900 US Federal Census
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c. 1875 1910 US Federal Census
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place Denmark 1900 US Federal Census
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immigration date 1882 1910 US Federal Census
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death date 1940 headstone
burial place Ruthton Cemetery headstone