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Sylvester James Johnson
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Birth: Nov. 22, 1881
Owatonna
Steele County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Dec. 13, 1918
Sabin
Clay County
Minnesota, USA

The 1885 Minnesota Territorial and State Census for Sabin, Elmwood, Clay County, Minnesota, done 8 June 1885, lists Sylvester as the youngest child and only son of Syvert (should be Sever) and Bertha JOHNSON. He is a 4-year-old white male who was born in Minnesota of a father born in Wisconsin and a mother born in Norway (page 5, #13, info obtained from Ancestry.com).

The 1895 Minnesota Territorial and State Census for Elmwood Distr. No. 7, Clay County, Minnesota, done 10 June 1895, lists Sylvester as the youngest child and only son of Sever and Bertha JOHNSON. He is a 14-year-old white male who was born in Minnesota. His father was not of foreign birth, but his mother was of foreign birth. Also listed are his two older sisters, Dora and Teda (V290_54, page 1).

The 1900 Federal Census for Elmwood Township, Clay County, Minnesota, done June 2, 1900, indicates that Sylvester J. was the third child/first son born to Sever and Bertha JOHNSON. He was born in November, 1880, and was 19 years old and single. He was born in Minnesota of a father born in Wisconsin and a mother born in Norway. His occupation is listed as School Teacher. He was out of work for 8 months during the year. He can read, write and speak English (Ed 304, Sheet 1B, #59).

The MARRIAGE RECORD was obtained for Sylvester J. JOHNSON and Margaret MALCHOSE. It states: that Sylvester J. JOHNSON, who resides in Clay County, Minnesota is of the full age of 27 years and that Margaret MALCHOSE is of the full age of 22 years and is a resident of Clay County, Minnesota. He has no wife living and Margaret MALCHOSE has no husband living. They are no nearer kin than first counsins. Neither has been divorced within the last 6 months of this date, November 30, 1907. Neither Sylvester nor Margaret is epileptic, imbecile, feeble-minded nor allicted with insanity. There is no legal impediment for said contemplated marriage. In Morehead, MN Sylvester J. JOHNSON and Margaret MALCHOSE were united in marriage by a Methodist minister, J. Alvin EWING. Witnesses were Lilliam B. THORESON and Mrs. J. A. EWING, the minister's wife (MARRIAGE RECORD obtained from the Clay County Clerk and Recorder).

The 1910 Federal Census for Elmwood Township, Clay County, Minnesota, done April 16, 1910, lists Sylvester J. JOHNSON as the head of household. He is 29 years old, born in Minnesota of a father born in Wisconsin and a mother born in Norway. He has been married for 4 years and has a wife, Margaret, and a son, Niles. His foster brother, Alvin, is also listed as living with them. (ED 50, sheet 5A, #46.)

Biographical Article in Clay and Norman Counties, Minnesota: "Sylvester James Johnson:
Sylvester James Johnson, who owns the fine farm in Elmwood township, Clay county, developed by his late father, Sever Johnson, was born at Owatonna, in Steele county, this state, in 1881. He was but two years of age when his parents, Sever and Bertha (Johnson) Johnson, came up into this part of the state and settled on the farm on which he is still living and of which he has had practical charge since the lamented death of his father, who was killed in a railway-crossing accident at Moorhead in 1907.
Sever Johnson was born in Wisconsin, son of Louis and Dora Johnson, who had come to this country from Norway and had settled in Wisconsin, later going to Montana, afterward settling in Steele county, Minnesota. Louis Johnson was living in Montana at the time of the Indian uprising, and for the valuable service he rendered in giving warning to other settlers of the uprising, was awarded a medal by the state. Reared in Steele county, Sever Johnson was there married to Bertha Johnson, who was born in the kingdom of Norway and who had come to this country with her parents, the family first settling in Wisconsin and later coming to Minnesota. After his marriage he continued to make his home in the vicinity of Owatonna, where he was engaged in farming until 1883, in which year he came with his family up into the Red River country and located on the farm on which his son Sylvester is now living, in Elmwood township, Clay county, and proceeded to develop and improve the same, becoming the owner there of a well-improved place, comprising one-half a section of excellent land. The father was prospering in his affairs when he accidentally met his death at a railway crossing in Moorhead, as noted above. His widow is now making her home in the village of Sabin. They were the parents of three children, Dora, Teda and Sylvester J., and had besides an adopted son, Alvin.
Sylvester J. Johnson was but a child when his parents settled on the pioneer farm in Elmwood township and there he grew to manhood, becoming a practical farmer. Upon completing the course in the district school in the neighborhood of his home, he entered the high school at Moorhead. He then took a course in the State Normal School in that city and for ten years afterward was engaged in teaching school, his service in that connection being rendered in four districts, in one of which he taught for seven years. Meanwhile, he continued to be actively engaged in farming during the summers, and after his father's shocking death took charge of the home place and has since been managing the same, making a pronounced success of his operation. In addition to his general farming, Mr. Johnson gives considerable attention to the raising of potatoes and is doing well. He has an excellent farm plant and carries on his operations in accordance with approved and up-to-date methods. Though not particularly active in politics, he has held local offices and has ever given a good citizen's attention to local civic affairs.
In 1907, Sylvester J. Johnson was united in marriage to Margarette Malchose, daughter of Hubert Malchose and wife, of Clay county, and to this union two children have been born, sons both, Niles and Gordon. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson have a very pleasant home and take a proper interest in the social affairs of the community. Mr. Johnson is a member of the Modern Brotherhood, and in the affairs of that organization takes a warm interest" (page 99-100].

Sylvester JOHNSON died in the influenza epidemic of 1918, leaving his wife a widow and his two sons fatherless.

Division of Vital Statistics, State of Minnesota, Certificate of Death #3441 indicates that Place of Death was Elmwood Township in Clay County for Sylvester J. JOHNSON of Elmwood Township, Clay County, Minnesota. He was a white male who was married to Margarette Malschoz (sic: Malchose). His date of birth was November 22, 1881. He was 37 years old, no months and 21 days. His occupation was Farmer. He owned his own farm. His birthplace was Owatonna, Minnesota. His father's name was Severt (sic: Sever) JOHNSON, and he was born in Wisconsin. His mother's maiden name was Bertha JOHNSON, and she was born in Norway. Informant was Mrs. S. J. JOHNSON of Sabin, Minnesota. F. A. WYATT was the Registrar who filed the death certificate on December 16, 1918. Date of death was December 13, 1918. Cause of death was Influenza Pneumonia, which he had had for 10 days. Nephritis Uremia was a secondary contributing cause, which he had had for 4 days. He was buried at the Elmwood Cemetery on December 15, 1918, and A. J. Wright & Sons of Moorhead, Minnesota were the undertakers (Certificate of Death obtained from the Minnesota Historical Society). 
 
Burial:
Elmwood Cemetery
Sabin
Clay County
Minnesota, USA
 
Created by: Stephen Johnson
Record added: Feb 28, 2012
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