PETER R. JOHNSON, second of the children born to Swan and Kjerstin Johnson, was born October 19, 1857, in Wiby, Sweden. In 1868 he came to America with his parents and lived with them two years in Chicago, eight years at Bement, Illinois, then moved to the farm home near Genoa, Nebraska.
Being the eldest son, much of the work and much of the responsibility fell to him, and he accepted it manfully always.
On March 31, 1885, he joined in marriage with Lydia B. Anderson of Genoa, Nebraska, locating at Grant, Nebraska, where he engaged in banking. Favorable years with good crops caused a considerable boom in land values and Peter went into it heavily. This was followed by drought, deflation and depression. The bank closed; business was at a standstill, so Peter left Grant and, incidentally, twenty-seven quarter sections of land that he had accumulated.
They located at St. Edward, Nebraska, where he was engaged in the general merchandise business for some time, later joining in the general merchandise business with his younger brother, Eric, who had previously located at Genoa, Nebraska. Here they operated the Johnson Brothers General Store till his death which occurred at the Swedish Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, February 11, 1924, from cerebral hemorrhage. He is buried in Valley View Cemetery, Genoa, Nebraska.
Six children were born to Lydia and Peter Johnson: Florence, Mrs. Gladys Pierce, Mrs. Eunice Penningroth, Mrs. Dolly Marie MacQueen, Deweese and Clifford.
Peter was an outstanding citizen, liked and trusted by everybody. At different times he served as member of the town board, member of the school board and secretary to the board. A good father, a true and sincere Christian — he was devoted to the Methodist Church in Genoa, Nebraska.
Florence married Clifford R. Wood and they reside in Glendale, California.
Eunice married Ed Penningroth and they reside in Tipton, Iowa, on a farm.
Deweese lives in Peoria, Illinois, and is affiliated with the Rueling & Williams Insurance Company.
Gladys married Dan Pearse, of Genoa, and they are now living in Golden, Colorado.
Marie, lovingly nicknamed “Doll”, married Glen MacQueen, of Silver Creek, Nebraska, and is now living in Greeley, Colorado.
Clifford, the youngest, married Julia Reddin and is now living in Cody, Wyoming, where he is in charge of the Stanolind Oil & Gas Company’s operations and office, covering a large territory.