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Johnson Family Records (DeKalb County)


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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: Revere Johnson's Pocket Notebooks of Agricultural Activities, 1919-1944
Folder 2-5: Revere Johnson's Farm Account Books, 1935-1945
Folder 6: Farm Bureau Management Service Reports, 1938-1944
Folder 7: Revere Johnson's Workbook from College of Agriculture, Madison, Wisconsin; Short Course in Dairying, 1917; 1921

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