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Niles Russell Johnson
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Birth: May 30, 1908
Sabin
Clay County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Apr. 1, 1993
Crookston
Polk County
Minnesota, USA

The 1910 Federal Census for Elmwood Township, Clay County, Minnesota, done April 16, 1910, indicates that Niles R. is the son of Sylvester J. and Margaret JOHNSON. He was 1 and 1/2 years old, born in Minnesota of parents born in Minnesota. They lived on a general farm. (ED 50, sheet 5A, #48).

The 1920 Federal Census for Elmwood Township, Clay County, Minnesota, done February 21, 1920, indicates that Niles J. is the son of his widowed mother, Mrs. Margaret JOHNSON. He is 11 years old, born in Minnesota of parents born in Minnesota. He is listed with his mother, his grandmother, Mary MALCHOSE, his aunt, Mary C. MALCHOSE, and his brother, Gordon. (ED 31, sheet 4B, #55.)

Niles attended school and grew to manhood in the Barnesville and Sabin area.

He married Esther SCHROEDER on 12 Sep 1928. Their older child, Donna, was born on 7 Nov 1928 in Moorhead,

The 1930 Federal Census for Alliance Township, Clay County, Minnesota, done April 9, 1930, lists Niles R. JOHNSON as the head of household on a farm next door to Carl S. and Mary BENSON. They have a radio set. He is a white male who is 21 years old. He is married and was married when he was 21. He has not attended school/college within the past year. He can read and write. He was born in Minnesota of parents born in Minnesota. He can speak English. His occupation is listed as Grain Farmer. Living with him are his wife, Ester, and his daughter, Dona, 1 and 5/12 years old (ED 14-19, Sheet 2A, #46).

Homestead Records indicate that Niles JOHNSON of the Elmwood Township and the Sabin Post Office in School 59 owned land with a valuation of 224 and 5 cattle (www. info.co.
clay.mn.us/history/new_page_22.htm obtained from the Clay County Historical Society Website 4/15/2002).

On 25 Sep 1937 Niles and Esther had a second child, James, who was born in Sabin, Minnesota.

The family made their home and farmed in the Sabin area until 1941. Then they moved to Erskine, Minnesota, where Niles operated a grain elevator and was the mayor. Background information on Erskine obtained from rhe Internet: "Erskine was incorporated as a village in 1897. It is in the eastern one-third of Polk County in Northwestern Minnesota. It is located approximately 90 miles south of the Canadian border and 55 miles east of the North Dakota/Minnesota border. Erskine sits at the junction of two very important intersections, U.S. Highway #2 and #59, and of two major transcontinental railroads, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Canadian Pacific railways. A statue of the World's Largest Northern Trout with "Erskine" painted on it is situated at Cameron Lake (www.ci.erskine.mn.us).

After Esther's death in 1960, Niles married Emma GUTTERUD in Fosston, Minnesota in 1961. They made their home in the Crookston area, where Niles was a farm implement salesman. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Crookston and the Eagles (F.O.E.) chaptered in Crookston.

He continued to live in Crookston until the time of his death.

Niles R. Johnson died at the age of 84 in a Crookston, Minnesota Hospital. A memorial service was held on Monday, April 5, 1993, at 1 P.M. in St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Crookston with Pastor Bill Reck officiating.

The Newspaper Obituary for Niles JOHNSON: "Niles R. Johnson, 84, of Crookston, died thursday, April 1, 1993 at the Riverview Hospital in Crookston.
A memorial service was Monday, April 5, in St. Paul's Lutheran church in Crookston. Arrangements are with the Dobmeier Funeral Home of Barnesville.
He was born May 30, 1908 in Sabin, the son of Sylvester and Margaret (Malchose) Johnson. He attended school and grew up in the Barnesville and Sabin areas.
He married Esther Schroeder on Sept 8, 1928 in Moorhead. They made their home and farmed in the Sabin area until 1941. Then they moved to Erskine where he operated a grain elevator. She died in 1960.
He married Emma Gutterud on April 29, 1961 in Fosston. They lived in the Crookston area where he was a farm implement salesman.
He is survived by his wife, Emma; a son James Johnson of Salt Lake City, Utah; a daughter, Donna Harris of Yuma, Ariz; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a step-son, Lyle Gutterud of Fosston; a step-daughter, Lois (Mrs. Done) Giese of Aurora; nine step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Gordon of Colorado Springs, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Esther." 
 
Burial:
Elmwood Cemetery
Sabin
Clay County
Minnesota, USA
 
Created by: Stephen Johnson
Record added: Feb 28, 2012
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