Victor O. Johnson

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VICTOR O. JOHNSON, eighth in the line of chil­dren of Swan and Kjer­stin John­son, was born Jan­u­ary 1, 1872, at Bement, Illinois.

Com­ing to Nebraska in 1878, he obtained his pre­lim­i­nary edu­ca­tion in the grade and high schoo1 of Genoa, Nebraska. He was always an out­stand­ing, scholar in pub­lic and prepara­tory schools, in col­lege and the uni­ver­sity. He grad­u­ated from the Uni­ver­sity of Chicago in 1896 with high hon­ors, receiv­ing a reward for high mer­its in schol­ar­ship. Vic­tor received the first key issued by the Uni­ver­sity of Chicago for high scholas­tic stand­ing. He then entered the Law School at the Uni­ver­sity of Nebraska and grad­u­ated from there with high hon­ors in 1898, and was admit­ted to the Nebraska Bar Association.

On July 12, 1898, he united in mar­riage with Dora Sprague, of Blair, Nebraska. Imme­di­ately there­after he enlisted in mil­i­tary ser­vice for the Span­ish Amer­i­can War. He went as far as Florida, where he con­tracted typhoid fever. He was finally sent home on sick leave. After a long ill­ness he par­tially recov­ered, but he car­ried the marks and effects of the dis­ease through­out life, includ­ing par­tial loss of hearing.

Vic­tor located and prac­ticed law, at Ord, Nebraska, then seek­ing a cli­mate that might be ben­e­fi­cial to the health of his wife, they moved to Tulsa, Okla­homa. He was a promi­nent and suc­ces­ful prac­ti­tioner at law here for some years, but fail­ing to find the health­ful envi­ron­ment they were seek­ing they moved to Shoshone, Idaho, in 1909. Here he entered into a part­ner­ship as the senior part­ner of the law firm of Vic­tor O. John­son and Paul Had­dock, con­tin­u­ing until he passed away after a year’s ill­ness on Jan­u­ary 5, 1915, at Shoshone, Idaho.

Four chil­dren were born to them — Chester, Vic­tor, Eric and May.

They are now located at LaCre­senta, Cal­i­for­nia, 2708 Foothills Boulevard.

Vic­tor was laid to rest in the Val­ley View Ceme­tery at Genoa, Nebraska.

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