Biography of Herbert F. Johnson
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Herbert F. Johnson. manager of the firm of S. C. Johnson & Son, manufacturers of Johnson’s Prepared Wax, is a man of marked business enterprise whose initiative has led to the development of an enterprise that is not only of extensive proportions but which is the foremost concern of the kind in the world. Herbert F. Johnson is a representative of one of the old families of the city, being a son of Samuel C. Johnson, who was the founder of the firm of S. C. Johnson & Son and is still connected with the business although he has now passed the age of eighty-three years, his birth having occurred near Elyria, Ohio, in 1833.
Herbert F. Johnson was born in Kenosha in 1869 and early became connected with the business established by his father, in which connection he worked his way upward as he mastered every phase of the trade. Today he is manager of the factory and is thus active in control of one of the important industrial concerns of the city. He knows the business in principle and detail and the soundness of his judgment in business affairs is manifested in the success which has attended the undertaking since he assumed control of the factory.
In 1892 Mr. Johnson was united in marriage to Miss Helen Converse, of Racine. They are prominent in social circles of the city and Mr. Johnson is well known as a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and is a Mason of high rank, having attained the thirty-second degree in the consistory. He is much interested in questions of civic welfare and improvement and at the present time is serving as president of the board of education of Racine. His co-operation can always be counted upon to further any plan or project for the general good, for he has never allowed his business affairs, extensive and important as they are, to monopolize his time and thus preclude his active support of plans which take cognizance of the needs and opportunities of the city.