Johnson Family Records (Rock Falls), 1877-1978
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Brief Description:

The Johnson Family Records document various Johnson family enterprises from 1877-1978.  The bulk of this collection documents the business affairs of the Bernhard Johnson Mill and the Johnson family farm and trace the development and inter-relationship of these two agribusinesses.  The daybooks, cash books, ledgers, and contract books contain a variety of interfiled information such as detailed records of farm and mill laborers (1894-1940); wholesale commodity prices; railroad freight charges; the day to day expenses of the Johnson family.  Family correspondence (1920-1924) provides insights into the concerns of farm families during the early 1920’s with discussions on the state of the agricultural economy and family finances.

Researchers should note that Box #1, File Folder #2, pages 597-599 provides a list of grocers and feed stores located in Whiteside, Lee, and southern Ogle and DeKalb Counties (December 1903).

Held at:
Northern Illinois University
Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1779
Email: rhcua [at]
Record Series Number: RHC/RC/100
Volume: 2.25 Linear Feet
Acquired: 06/23/1980.
Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.
Subject Index
Family farms
Farm life
Johnson Family, Rock Falls
Rock Falls (Ill.)
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection are held by the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.
Acquisition Notes: Mrs. Elma Arndt  Mrs. Elma Arndt, daughter of Mr. Fred Johnson, donated the Johnson Family Records to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on June 23, 1980
Related Materials: Related holdings of the Regional History Center include the Taylor Farm Collection (RC 37), the H. H. Parke Collection (RC 43), the H. W. Colwill Collection (RC 47), and the Norris Family Collection (RC 74).