|Birth: ||Feb. 7, 1850|
Hordaland County, Norway
|Death: ||Nov. 3, 1936|
From the Laerdal Local History Archive, received December 11, 1998, Brita, daughter of Lasse Johanneson and Ingeleiv Nilsdatter, from the Groto Gard was born February 14, 1854.
Further information on Bertha's immigration to the United States from Norway and her family is found under Louis and Englive Johnson's information and also under the Notes for her husband, Sever L. Johnson.
The 1880 Federal Census for the Town of Havanna [sic], Steele County, Minnesota, done June 14, 1880, lists Besy [sic] as the wife of Sever Johnson. She is 29 years old and keeping house. She was born in Norway of parents born in Norway. Listed with her and her husband are 2 daughters: Dora L., age 4, and Tedie E., age 1 (ED 239, Page No. 19, #15).
The 1885 Minnesota Territorial and State Census for Sabin, Elmwood, Clay County, Minnesota, done 8 June 1885, lists Bertha as the wife of Syvert (sic: should be Sever) JOHNSON. She is a white female who is 29 years old. She was born in Norway of parents of foreign birth. Also living with her and her husband are their three children: Dora, Tida (should be Teda), and Sylvester (page 5, #10, info obtained from Ancestry.com).
The 1895 Minnesota Territorial and State Census for Elmwood District No. 7, Clay County, Minnesota, done 10 June, 1895, lists Bertha as the wife of Sever JOHNSON. She is a 37-year-old white female who was born in Norway. Her parents were of foreign birth. Also listed with her and her husband are three children: Dora M., Teda A. and Sylvester J. (V290_54, page 1, info obtained from Ancestry.com).
The 1900 Federal Census for Elmwood Township, Clay County, Minnesota, done June 2, 1900, lists Bertha as the wife of Sever L. Johnson. She was born in February, 1856 and is 44 years old. She has been married 25 years and has 3 children, all of whom survive. She was born in Norway of parents born in Norway. She came to the United States in 1862 and has lived here for 38 years. She can read, write, and speak English. Living with her and her husband are Teda E., daughter; Sylvester J. son, and Elvin [sic] L., adopted son (ED 304, Sheet No. 1B, #57).
The 1910 Federal Census for Sabin Village, Elmwood Township, Clay County, Minnesota, done April 18, 1910, lists Bertha Johnson as living with her brother, John Johnson, and his family. She is listed as being his sister, 55 years old, widowed, having 3 children of whom all 3 survive, born in Norway of parents born in Norway, immigrating to the United States in 1862, and having her own income. The Johnson family lives 2 doors away from Mary Malchose, the mother-in-law of Bertha's son, Sylvester Johnson (ED 50, Sheet 1B, #57).
After Sever's death, she moved to Sabin and built a house that later Bill and Adele Krabbenhoft lived in. Adele Krabbenhoft was Niles Johnson's mother-in-law or his wife, Esther's, mother.
The 1920 Federal Census for Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, done January 7-8, 1920, lists Bertha Johnson as living with her daughter and son-in-law, Teda and Henry Hanson, at 607 Holly Street. She is listed as Henry's mother-in-law. She is a white female who is 69 years old. She is a widow. It is unknown if she was a naturalized citizen or an alien. She can read and write English, but has not attended school in the past year. She was born in Norway of parents born in Norway. She can speak English. No occupation is listed for her (ED 118, Sheet 2B, #70).
The 1930 Federal Census for St. Cloud City, Benton County, Minnesota, done April 15, 1930, lists Bertha Johnson as the head of household living at 67 Fourth Avenue South East, which she owns and which is worth $4,500. She has a radio. It is not a farm. She is a white female who is 78 years old and a widow. She did not attend school during the year, but can read and write. She was born in Norway of parents born in Norway. She was naturalized, but the date is unknown. She can speak English. No occupation is listed for her. A roomer, Catherine ZuBroegel, is listed as living with her (ED5-14, Sheet No. 4A, #19).
Bertha died of a heart attack on November 3, 1936. She is buried in the Elmwood Cemetery in Sabin, Minnesota.
The State of Minnesota Certificate of Death issued in St. Cloud, Benton County, lists Bertha Johnson as a male, white, widowed, with the date of birth of Feb. 7, 1850. She was 86 years, 8 months, and 26 days old when she died. Her occupation was housewife. She was born in Norway, and information on her parents was not available Her adopted son, Alvin Johnson, gave information on her for her death certificate. Her date of death was Nov. 3, 1936. She died of old myocarditis and endocarditis - 2 years. C. B. Lewis, M.D. of St. Cloud signed the death certificate. The body was removed to Elmwood Cemetery in Sabin, Minnesota for burial on Nov. 5, 1936. The Undertaker was Colbert Mortuary in St. Cloud (copy of death certificate found in Louis & Englive Johnson & De[s]cendants - 1997 Reunion Book).
Dates of birth may be 1849, 1850, or 1854. Laerdal, Norway bygdebok lists her as being born in 1854. Census information for 1880 lists her as being almost 30. Her gravestone lists her year of birth as 1850. The June 2, 1900 Census indicates that she was born February, 1856 and came to the United States in 1862. She had been here for 38 years and had been married for 25 years, according to the 1900 census.
Her Obituary in the St. Cloud Daily Times on Wed., November 4, 1936: MRS. BERTHA L. JOHNSON
Mrs. Bertha L. Johnson, 26 Fourth avenue [sic] southeast, died at 10 oclock [sic] Tuesday night at the age of 79 years, her death caused by a heart attack.
The funeral will be held at the Colbert chapel at 9 oclock [sic] Thursday morning with Rev. J. Henry Hergren officiating after which the body will be taken to the Elmwood cemetery for burial. A. F. Wyatt, H. C. Wendlandt, Casper Schimmels, of Sabin; [sic] Chris Rehder, William Ferris, Fred Lace, Henry Sch______ and Carl Bensen.
Mrs. Johnson was born in Bergen, Norway, February 7, 1850. She came to the United States with her parents in 1857. They settled in Madison, Wisconsin, later emigrating with several other pioneer families to Owatonna. Her marriage to Sever Johnson took place in Owatonna 61 years ago. They moved to Sabin and lived there until Mr. Johnson's death in 1907. Mrs. Johnson remained there for a time and then came to St. Cloud where she has lived for the past 17 years.
Surviving children are Mrs. A. W. Paulson of Staples; Mrs. H. C. Hanson of St. Cloud; Alvin L. Johnson, St. Cloud. There are eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. There were six sisters and brothers, three of whom survive, Nels Johnson of Owatonna; Julia Bromley of Washington, D. C.; and Mrs. E. J. Casey of Chisholm.
Mrs. Johnson was living in Madison at the outbreak of the Civil war [sic] and saw the rush of run away negroes to the north, many of whom found friendly protection in the home of her parents. She was an early pioneer in the settlement of Minnesota. Mrs. Johnson, with her parents and a small group of emigrants, made the trip from Madison to Owatonna by way of covered wagons bearing their household goods, the older children taking their turns in driving the cattle. Adding to the peril and hardships of the journey, for there were no roads, was the constant fear of unfriendly Indians.
Mrs. Johnson lived thru [sic] the trying days of three wars, the Civil, Spanish and World wars. Her son, Alvin, and other close relatives took part in the last war.
She was a staunch worker in the Women's Christian Temperance Union all her life and an ardent advocate for the cause of temperance."
Created by: Stephen Johnson
Record added: Feb 28, 2012
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