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Collection Overview

Title: Johnson Family Records (DeKalb County), 1917-1969

ID: RHC/RC/231

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 02/00/1994. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: American Farm Bureau Federation, Barbed Wire, DeKalb County (Ill), Farm life, General Electric Company, Johnson Family, DeKalb County, Maps, World War II

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

At present the collection contains information relating to Revere E. Johnson’s careers in farming (1917 - 1945), and at the General Electric Plant in DeKalb (1946-1964), Johnson family materials and photographs, documentation relating to World War II rationing, maps, and DeKalb County history articles.

Collection Historical Note

Revere Elmer Johnson was born in 1898, the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Johnson.  He also had a brother Carl Martin and a sister Helen M. Johnson.  On February 24, 1926 Revere married Zaida Christine Munson, and they had one daughter Corinne Elizabeth.  In 1917 Revere had taken an agricultural course at Madison, Wisconsin and apparently hired out for several years, until he joined his father on a farm C.M. purchased in 1926.  In December of 1946 he started working at the General Electric plant in DeKalb. Over the years he held a number of jobs including machine operator, stock keeper, dispatcher, process planner, foreman (Stator Making, second shift, beginning March 1, 1954), and by December 1961 he was a plant guard.  After his retirement from GE on June 1,1963, he enjoyed gardening.  He died in 1966, and Zaida in 1970.  They are buried in the Fairview Cemetery, DeKalb, IL.

Subject/Index Terms

American Farm Bureau Federation
Barbed Wire
DeKalb County (Ill)
Farm life
General Electric Company
Johnson Family, DeKalb County
World War II

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: Addition in May 2005.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Corinne Johnson

Acquisition Method: Corinne Johnson donated the Johnson Family Records to the Regional History Center in February 1994.

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Folder 1: Johnson Family, Photographs and Newspaper Clippings, circa 1920-1963
Folder 2: Revere Johnson, Photograph Album, May 1919
Folder 3: Defense Savings Bond Pledge of Corrine E. Johnson, 1942
Folder 4: Report Card, 7th Grade, Corinne Johnson, June 1943
Folder 5: Revere Johnson's Bank Books, 1926-1941
Folder 6: Correspondence, Central Illinois Light Company, January 26, 1937
Folder 7: Revere Johnson, Selective Service Registration Certificate; Registration Certificate; Registration; Notice of Classification (2) [5 cards], 1918; 1942; 1942;1943
Folder 8: OPA (Office of Price Administration) Blue Points, World War II
Folder 9: World War II Ration Books, 1942-1945
Folder 10: Revere Johnson, Career at General Electric (GE), 1946-1963
Folder 11: Suggestions for Improvements at General Electric (GE) by Revere Johnson, 1948-1950
Folder 12: Supervisory Reports and Meetings at GE, 1951, 1952, 1957
Folder 13: History of General Electric (GE) Motor, circa 1955
Folder 14: Illinois Farm Bureau Member Sticker; DeKalb Farm Bureau Dues Receipt, no date; 1948
Folder 15: Farm Bureau History Edition, DeKalb Daily Chronicle, June 30, 1922
Folder 16: Farm Ownership Map Book; Street Guide of DeKalb, Illinois; DeKalb County Plat Book; DeKalb County Road Map, 1936; 1938; 1940; 1966
Folder 17: Revere Johnson, Receipts from Various Businesses; East End Bicycle Shop notebook, 1948-1949; circa 1940's
Folder 18: Old Court House and Hospitals Article, DeKalb County Journal, March 27, 1968
Folder 19: "Bet-A-Million Gates: The Man Who Fenced the West" Kiwanis Magazine, December 1968/January 1969

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