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Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Co.

Page 1029

One of the largest and finest dry goods establishments in Carrollton is that of Vedder, Johnson & Davis. It was established in 1881, by Vedder & Johnson, who conducted it until Jan., 1882, when the present firm was formed. They occupy a fine, large store room, in the block owned by Kergher & Son, which is 30x80 feet in size, and have a well selected stock of dry goods, boots, shoes, hats, caps, etc., which will invoice about $14,000.

JOHN I. JOHNSON, partner in the large dry goods firm in Carrollton, was born in Alton, Oct. 27, 1854, his parents being James I. and Zella (Edwards) Johnson, natives of Maryland. They came to Illinois in 1838, and both died in Greene county in 1867, his father in April, and his mother in May. They engaged in farming here. James was educated in the common schools and finished at Blackburn College, in Carlinville. He after ward engaged in the livery business in Carrollton, which he conducted four years, and then commenced his present business, in partnership with F. A. Davis and O. T. Vedder, and has met with excellent success. In 1878 Mr. Johnson was elected alderman, and served one term to the benefit of our city and its population. He is a member of Carrollton lodge No. 341, I.O.O.F., in which he is past grand, and of the encampment No. 81. He is also a member of Olympic lodge, No. 913, of the K. of H.

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