Donald B. Johnson: An Ample Life
Photographs from the Johnson family albums with excerpts from Donald B. Johnson's memoirs. Quoted material below captions is excerpted from his manuscript.
Plate 1 - The Neller-Miller Family - Donald's maternal grandparents, great aunts, great uncles.
Plate 2 - The Neller Family - Donald's maternal grandmother, great aunts and great uncles.
Plate 3 - The Miller Children - Donald's mother, maternal aunt and maternal uncles.
Plate 4 - The Edward W. Miller Family - Donald's maternal uncle, aunt and cousins.
Plate 5 - The Robert Miller Family - Donald's maternal uncle and aunt.
Plate 6 - Nellie Miller - Donald's maternal aunt.
Plate 7 - Amelia Miller - Donald's mother.
Plate 8 - The Olson-Johanson (Johnson) Family - Donald's paternal grandparents, aunts and uncles.
Plate 9 - The Johanson (Johnson) Children - Donald's paternal aunts and uncles.
Plate 10 - Bennie Johnson and his brothers - Donald's father and paternal uncles.
The rest of these plates are still under construction; the photos are not yet restored. There are 60 plates in Volume I; there are no photo plates for Volume II yet.
Plate 11 - Bennie Johnson and his siblings - Donald's father, paternal uncles and aunts.
Plate 12 - George and Nina (Overn) Johnson family - Donald's paternal uncle and aunt.
Plate 13 - Ole and Lena Johnson family - Donald's paternal uncle and aunt.
Plate 14 - Ole and Lena Johnson family - Donald's paternal uncle and aunt.
Plate 15 - Anna and William Langley family - Donald's paternal uncle and aunt.
Plate 16 - John and Mary (Storandt) Johnson family - Donald's paternal uncle and aunt.
Plate 17 - Inga and Lars Borreson family - Donald's paternal uncle and aunt.
Plate 18 - Inga and Lars Borreson family - Donald's paternal uncle and aunt.
Plate 19 - Olga and Melvin Olson family - Donald's paternal uncle and aunt.
Plate 20 - Anna Louise Olson Johanson Larson - Donald's grandmother.
Plate 21 - Anna Louise Olson Johanson - Donald's grandmother, with daughter, granddaughters, great granddaughter.
Plate 22 - Anna Louise Olson Johanson Larson - Donald's grandmother, with her second husband, Ole T. Larson.
Plate 23 - Anna and Jens Johanson's first grandchildren, Mabel and Harry Johnson - Donald's cousins.
Plate 24 - George and Nina Johnson's restaurant and store.
Plate 25 - George and Nina Johnson's picnic excursions.
Plate 26 - Visiting relatives in Wisconsin.
Plate 27 - In the footsteps of the explorers.
Plate 28 - Visiting cousins.
Plate 29 - Bennie Johnson in Ashby 1900-1920.
Plate 30 - The livery stable and house in Ashby.
Plate 31 - Bennie and Amelia (Miller) Johnson.
Plate 32 - Donald Benjamin and Marjory Nellie Johnson.
Plate 33 - The Johnson family.
Plate 34 - The neighborhood, Ashby, Minnesota, circa 1920.
Plate 35 - Ashby Public School, circa 1925.
Plate 36 - Home on the farm, circa 1924.
Plate 37 - Company on the farm.
Plate 38 - Animals in every picture.
Plate 39 - Fur farming fever.
Plate 40 - Trapping and fur farming.
Plate 41 - The Rowboat.
Plate 42 - Shearing Sheep.
Plate 43 - Horse Trading.
Plate 44 - Farming with horses.
Plate 45 - Stacking hay with horses.
Plate 46 - A visit from Aunt Ella.
Plate 47 - From horses to airplanes.
Plate 48 - Marjory.
Plate 49 - Paving a highway.
Plate 50 - "Crazy to drive a truck."
Plate 51 - Skis, hip boots and a puppy.
Plate 52 - Ski-joring, Sledding and Sleighing
Plate 53 - Wash ice and ice skating.
Plate 54 - Colts, lambs and raccoons.
Plate 55 - Horse trainer.
Plate 56 - Horseplay.
Plate 57 - California bound - 1936.
Plate 58 - Gold Fever.
Plate 59 - The Fortune Teller.
Plate 60 - Just Married.
This is volume 1 of 2, drafted by Donald B. Johnson before his death in 1982. It has been arranged in sections for continuity but is otherwise generally as he wrote it.
Page 1 - My Grandparents and Ancestry
Page 2 - Parents: Bennie and Amelia
Page 3 - Ashby, Minnesota, circa 1915
Page 4 - Youth In Ashby
Page 5 - Friends and Neighbors
Page 6 - Living in Town
Page 7 - School, Grades 1-3
Page 8 - The Farm, circa 1920
Page 9 - Ashby, Minnesota, circa
Page 10 - Cars
Page 11 - Roads: The Yellowstone Trail
Page 12 - Farm Life, circa 19
Page 13 - Horses
Page 14 - School, Grades 4-8
Page 15 - Farm Neighbors
Page 16 - Duck Hunters
Page 17 - Farm Life, circa
Page 18 - Ashby, 1920s
Page 19 - Horsepower
Page 20 - Fur, Fish and Game
Page 21 - The Depression
Page 22 - Working For Hire
Page 23 - Gravel
Page 24 - Hay, Feed and Grain
Page 25 - Threshing
Page 26 - Shearing Sheep
Page 27 - Horse Trading
Page 28 - Building Highway 52
Page 29 - Fun
Page 30 - California
Page 31 - Hollywood Drive-In
Page 32 - The Girl Of My Dreams
Page 33 - A Wedding and a Homecoming
End of Volume I - Start of Volume II.
Page 34 - Starting A Farm
Page 35 - Starting A Family
Page 36 - Modernizing The Farm
Page 37 - The Gravel Pit
Page 38 - Hard Times
Page 39 - Cat Work
Page 40 - Raising A Family
Page 41 - Back On The Home Farm
Page 42 - Fins, Feathers And Fur
Page 43 - Away From The Farm
Page 44 - Laundry and Treasure Cove
Page 45 - My Incredible Journey To Alaska (1980)
Page 46 - My Second Incredible Journey To Alaska (1981) This is the end of Volume II text, with illustrations to come.
Page 47 - Footnotes