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Harold Clarence Johnson


Lindsay Berg


6th Grade 1993, Tri-County School, Karlstad,Minnesota


What Were Hard Times . . .


On January 23, 1918, Harold Clarence Johnson was born inhis farm house in Nelson Park township. His parents were John and EthelJohnson. His brothers and sisters names were: Roy, Evelyn, Gay, Pearl,Arnold, Elenor, and Darlene. Harold's other brother, Teddy, died in armytraining.

When Harold was five, he started school at Woodside. Woodsideschool was about two miles from their farm. Usually, Harold and his oldersiblings walked but when the weather was colder and his younger siblingsstarted school, they got rides in a horse buggy.

At break, they mostly played games with a ball. Two badthings about school were that they always had to bring lunches and theyhad to use outdoor toilets.

Harold went to school for about eight months out of thea year. School started at 9 a.m. and ended at 3:30 p.m. Harold stoppedgoing to school when he was eleven.

Harold's family had very few toys for Harold and his siblings. He got his enjoyment from reading and playing with wind-up toys. On winterdays, Harold and his family would ski or play on sleds. Sledding was popularback then.

In 1931, Harold got his driver's license. To get his licensethen, all he had to do was go to O.S. Nordine and pay him a dime. He gotit when he was thirteen and drove his parents car until he got a 1939 Mercury.

Harold never made more than a dime. His first job wasfor his dad and he didn't get paid. His first paying job was when he carriedbundles of grain for neighbors.

From the money he earned, Harold would buy old westernstories for a nickel each. Harold would go home and read at night by akerosene lamp.

When Harold's oldest sister, Pearl, started teaching atan old school, he met his future wife. Her name was Marion Bakko. Theirfirst date was in Halma at a show. The cost was 25 cents per person andfor him that was expensive.

Harold and Marion got married on November 8, 1946 in Pinewood,Minnesota.

After they got married, they moved to a farm in MarshallCounty. There they raised James Harold, who was born on November 22, 1947,and twins, Terry John and Tommy Olaf, who were born on November 13, 1950.

In 1956, Harold and his family moved to Minneapolis. Theylived in Minneapolis only for the winter.

In 1957, they moved to Karlstad and raised Teddy Dewaneand Barbara Frances. Teddy was born on July 21, 1957 and Barbara was bornon June 22, 1958.

From 1958 and on they have lived in Karlstad and all hiskids, but Bar and Terry, live in Hallock.

Roy, Elenor, and Darlene are dead now. The most recentdeath was Darlene on November 21, 1992.

Harold doesn't have his driver's license any more. Helost it when he started driving on sidewalks and running stop signs in ThiefRiver Falls.

driving on sidewalks and running stop signs in ThiefRiver Falls.