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Biography of Jonas P. Johnson

Jonas P. Johnson. In the life and affairs of Saline County, particularly in the locality around Assaria, the late Jonas P. Johnson played a notable part. He was one of those stanch and true men who have given their chatacter to the community, so that Saline County in its institutions and its moral standards largely reflects the personalities of such men as Mr. Johnson. He had begun life poor, but reached a place where he was surrounded with ample material welfare and bore an influential part in community development. He was born in Sweden March 1, 1849, a son of Jonas P. and Anna Johnson, natives of the same country. Late in life his parents also came to America, and spent their last years in Iowa. They were of rugged and substantial character and both reached extraordinary age. His father died at the age of ninety-five and his mother at ninety-two. Jonas P. Johnson was about eighteen years of age when he came to America. Up to that time he had lived in Sweden, had attended the common schools, and had been fortified by a training in industry and good habits. Coming to America in 1867, he lived in Illinois for a time and in 1875 came to Kansas and was employed as a farm hand. In 1876 he bought land on time. This land was located in Smoky View Township fifteen miles south of Salina. Industry enabled him to meet all the succeeding payments and he became proprietor of his farm and gradnally extended his influence until he was recognized as one of the most substantial men in...

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