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Anthony Johnson

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Anthony Johnson

Posted: 21 Jan 2003 7:09PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Johnson, White, Fahl, Berkfield
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 694-695

Anthony Johnson, a retired farmer of Union township, now residing in Markle, Indiana, was born in Jeffersonville, Jefferson county, New York, January 18, 1849. He is a son of Mathias and Mary (White) Johnson, who came from Germany to the United States and located in New York, where the father secured employment as cook in a hotel. He afterward learned the trade of a shoemaker and followed it very successfully in that city. Tiring of city life he moved to Ohio and purchased a farm in Stark county, about six miles south of Canton, upon which he lived nine years. He then went to Linn county, Iowa, and bought two hundred acres of land where the city of Cedar Rapids is now located, but not liking the country he only remained there four years, when he sold out and returned to Stark county, Ohio. Six years later he came to Huntington county, Indiana, and purchased land in Union township, where he and his wife still reside. He has a farm of one hundred and seventy-seven acres of fine land, and is one of the stable agriculturists of that vicinity. Seven sons were born to them, namely: Anthony; Augustus, a resident of Huntington; John, a prosperous farmer of Rock Creek township, Huntington county, whose biography appears on another page of this work; Henry, deceased; Mathias, deceased; Edward, a resident of Fort Wayne; and Theodore, a graduate of Jefferson University, Philadelphia, now practicing medicine in New York city with merited success.

Anthony Johnson remained at home until he was twenty-two years of age, when he married Susan Fahl, of Union township, a daughter of George and Mary Fahl. They have but one child and one grandchild. Mary, the daughter, married John Berkfield, who cultivates the farm of Mr. Johnson in Union township. They have one child, Ollie. After his marriage, Mr. Johnson bought a small piece of land in Union township, and this was the nucleus about which his present wealth has been gathered. He added to his purchase from time to time as he felt able until he has accumulated one hundred and forty-five acres of as fine land as is to be found in the country. One hundred acres has been cleared by his own labor, the balance furnishing rich pasturage for his stock. He has been a hard worker and considered one of the most advanced farmers in this section, one who gave careful thought to his work, and thus obtained the greatest results. Mr. Johnson makes no attempt at display, either in his business or his farming, the practical results being the first consideration. Nothing is allowed to go to waste, and everything possible is done to save and promote the fertility of the soil; and in this foresight, coupled with his untiring industry, lies the secret of his success. He retired from active work and moved to Markle in September, 1899, to take a much enjoyed rest, which has certainly been well earned by former years of patient industry. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias lodge of Markle. In politics he has espoused the views of the Democratic party, but he has been much too busy to enter the arena of political strife. He is a man of sound judgement and exemplary character, who is respected by all classes and loved by the hundreds who claim his friendship.

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