Biography of T. W. Johnson
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T. W. JOHNSON. There is no country in the world in which the march of civilization is more noticeable than America, where home life is at the highest ebb of refinement and moral excellence. In every branch of life is this noticeable, the homes in particular showing the delicate touch of the housewife whose keen sense of refinement leads her to command the best and most artistic class of furniture. All classes of furniture may be found at the emporium of T. W. Johnson, who is the largest and only exclusive dealer in furniture and sash and doors in this part of the State.
He has been a resident of Harrison since June, 1876, coming from Bellefonte. On first coming to the State he located at Yellville, where he followed the trade of a carpenter for two years. In 1870 he came to this country from Copenhagen, Denmark, landing at Boston; from there he removed to Marshalltown, Iowa, where he worked at his trade one year, then to Grinnel, Iowa, two years, and then came to Arkansas. After coming to Harrison he followed contracting and building for some time and erected many of the most important business buildings and private residences of the place. He is still following this occupation, is a master mechanic, a careful and painstaking workman, and that this fact is realized is shown by the large number of contracts given him. In the fall of 1885 he embarked in the furniture business with a stock worth from $4,000 to $5,000, and his annual sales amounted to from $12,000 to $15,000. When he came to this country he had very little means, and what he now has is the result of earnest, thoughtful toil.
He is one of the most substantial citizens of the place, is a careful business man and the owner of a considerable amount of real estate in Harrison. He is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and was married in 1874 to Miss Lou A. Dennis, a native of Ohio and a daughter of William M. Dennis, who is a boot and shoe maker of Harrison. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson have three children: Edwin,Alfred and T.W., Jr. Politically Mr. Johnson is a Republican and has served as a member of the city council. He is of the stuff of which worthy and useful citizens are made, has been active in Sunday-school work, as well as in all enterprises tending to the benefit of the section in which he lived. He has accumulated a comfortable fortune and his furniture store has proven popular with the public and a profitable source of revenue.