G. E. JOHNSON established his present grocery business in April, 1881, at the southeast corner of the public square. He carries a stock of groceries, provisions, queensware, etc., which will invoice about $2,000. The salesroom is 20x66 feet in size.
GOUVERNEUR E. JOHNSON, was born in Alton, Ill., Nov. 5, 1852, and is a son of James I. and Zabie (Edwards) Johnson, natives of Maryland. They came to Illinois, in 1848, locating at Alton, where Mr. Johnson became deputy warden of the state penitentiary, under col. Buckmaster, which position he held for 16 years. He subsequently removed to eastern Greene county, where he engaged in farming until 1867, when he was the victim of a sad accident. He was breaking a pair of mules, when they ran away, throwing him out and breaking his neck. His wife died in 27 days after his death, on the 6th of May. G. E. Johnson received his education in the Blackburn University, at Carlinville, and after finishing there, he proceeded to Baltimore, where he remained four years, being engaged in settling up the estate of two of his deceased uncles. He then returned to Greene county and engaged in the livery business at Carrollton, in which he continued one year. This business he then sold out, and opened up a stock of groceries and queensware, in which he met with such success that he is still conducting the same prosperous business. In 1880, Mr. Johnson was united in marriage with Fannie E. Scott, daughter of Thos. and Kate (Doran) Scott, natives of Liverpool, Eng., who came to America in 1851, and are now residing in Carrollton. Mrs. Johnson is a member of the Episcopal church. Mr. Johnson is a member of the city council, having been elected in April, 1885, and holds the office until 1887. He is there doing many acts of kindness to his needy fellow men, in endeavoring to relieve their distress. He is a member of the I.O.O.F. and K. of H. lodges of this city, and is an enterprising citizen.