The Life Of

Norman E. Johnson

by

Brent Johnson

 

6th Grade 1995, Tri-County School, Karlstad,MN

 

Norman Johnson was born to Edward and Olga Johnson August25, 1922. He was born in Nelson Park Township in Marshall County, Minnesota.

When he was 2 years old, he ran away from home. He startedschool in a real old country school. He had to walk a quarter of a mileto school. His first grade teacher was Miss Hooper. His second grade teacherwas Miss Emanulson. When he was 6 years old, in first grade, his aunt died,so four of her children came to live with him. He had three sisters. In1931, they got a new school house out in the country. In 1925, his dadgot their first tractor. It was a Fordson. The first car they had wasa 1919 Ford Touring with a folded down top. The car had kerosene head lights.

They farmed around 240 acres. They farmed wheat, potatoes,and sweet clover.

He had a special pair of horses that they used to go tochurch or to go in to town. The cows were milked by hand. After, the creamwas separated from the milk by a cream separator.

The pigs and the cows were fed the skim milk. The creamwas sold in town at the creamery. It was around were T. J. Pizza Plus was. Before that, they were heading to town with the cream cans, and when theygot to the creamery, it was on fire.

In the spring, they butchered the pigs and cows. So, theymixed a gallon of water and salt in a wooden barrel so that the brine wouldmake an egg float. After that they would cut the meat up and put it inthe barrel. They would do this to store the meat. To get the salt outof the meat, they would simmer the meat in skim milk. In the winter, hewould put their meat in a flour sack, dig it down in the bottom of a grainbin, and leave it there for the winter. leave it there for the winter.