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The Life of Norman E. Johnson


Nicole Johnson


6th Grade 1998, Tri-County School, Karlstad,MN


Norman E. Johnson was born August 25, 1922 to Edward andOlga Johnson in Nelson Park township in Marshall County, Minnesota

They lived on a farm 8 miles southwest of Karlstad, Minnesota. Their closest store was Englund's Store.

When he was 6 years old, he went to Woodside School. Hisfirst teacher was Miss. Hopper. He had to walk a quarter of a mile to getto school. Then he went to Karlstad High School and rode one of the firstbuses.

He had three sisters. Their names were: Loraine, Harriet,and Bernice.

On their farm, they raised cows, horses, pigs and chickens.

After school, he had three chores to do. He had to haulin wood for the wood stove, then he had to pump water for the animals byhand, and after that he had to feed hay to the horses and cows.

Before he had chores to do (6th until 8th grade) he likedto go skating and skiing.

His first job was when he was a boy and he had to herdsheep for as little as two dollars a week.

Something that was very exciting is that he got a passbookaccount when he was a baby and when the bank closed in 1930 he lost allof his money. He was about 8 then.

On the farm, they raised wheat, barley, oats, corn, potatoes,alfalfa, and sweet corn.

On May 1940, he graduated from the Karlstad High School.

After high school, he farmed with his parents for ten years.

Then, a year and a half passed and he decided that he wantedto go back to work. Now, he is seventy-seven years old and still workingat the American Crystal Company in Drayton, North Dakota and getting paidten dollars and seventy-seven cents.

By: Nicole Johnson

I got this information from my grandpa, Norman Johnson,of Karlstad, Minnesota

andpa, Norman Johnson,of Karlstad, Minnesota