IDA JOHNSON, fifth in the line of children of Swan and Kjerstin Johnson, was born October 20, 1865, at Wiby, Sweden. Following the family in its immigrations and journeys westward, she lived at Chicago, Illinois, Bement, Illinois, and at the farm home near Genoa, Nebraska, where she grew to womanhood. She had a happy, sunny disposition, and the early years in the midst of their large family were joyous with song, play and work.
On December 27, 1891, she was united in marriage with John W. Johnson, of Arlington, Nebraska. To them were born five children: Mabel Evelyn, now teaching in the Shorewood School at Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Earle Edward, leading Dentist of Rutland, Vermont; Walter Johnson, operating a store in Lincoln, Nebraska; Gladys Marie who is now Mrs. Albert M. Hinman, of Newman Grove, Nebraska, and Norman Floyd, associated with Earle E. as Dentist in Rutland, Vermont.
Earle E. united in marriage with Katherine Kinsman, of Rutland, Vermont. They have three children: Lorraine, Marilyn and Carolyn.
Walter married Gladys Thompson, of Lincoln, Nebraska, and they have an adopted daughter, Patricia Ann.
Gladys, with Albert M. Hinman, has two children — Arthur Lee, and John Stuart.
Norman Floyd united in marriage with Katherine King, of Lincoln, Nebraska. They have three children — Raymond Earle, Lyman Walter, and Carlene King Johnson.
Ida — Mrs. John W. Johnson — passed away May 5, 1903, in Genoa, Nebraska, and was laid to rest in the Valley View Cemetery at Genoa.
Ida was a sweet singer. Almost every evening the family gathered around the organ or melodeon which Ida played, and they sang hymns. “The Sweet Bye and Bye” was Ida’s favorite.