Monday, May 14, 2012

Oly F. Johnson.

Oly F. JOHNSON, Sheriff, was born in Norway. Came to America in 1850, and located in Wisconsin. Removed to Minnesota. Enlisted in the Union army, October 4, 1861, in Company K, Forty-sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry; discharged February 14, 1866, when he returned to Freeport, Ill. Came to Jewell County, Kan., in 1870, and took a homestead in Vicksburg Township. Held office of Justice of the Peace in said township, being the first Justice of the Peace elected in the same; also held the office of Trustee for two terms. Was elected Sheriff of Jewell County in 1881, and now holds this office. Is a member of the K. of P. Mr. Johnson took out the first marriage license in Jewell County after its organization; was married in Vicksburg Township on the 17th day of June, 1871, to Miss Elizabeth Zimmer. They have one child - Harry A., born October 12, 1879.

Civil War.

Oly F. Johnson enlisted at Caledonia, Minn., Oct. 4, .1861 In Sept., 1861, Capt. Johnson, in company with about twenty others, left Minnesota and reported to St. Louis, expecting to join the 16th., Mo. There not being enough men to complete 16th. Mo., these men were sent to Springfield, Ill., under Beverly Whitney, of the 15th III. They were assigned to company K, 46th Ill. O. F. Johnson was appointed Sergeant of the Company. Promoted to 2nd Lieut., Oct. 11. 1862, and to Captain, Dec. 28, 1864. He participated in all the battles and marches with the regiment.  On his return from the army he located in Stephenson county, Ill., and was engaged in different pursuits for a number of years. In an early day he, with others of his comrades, went to Kansas and located at Jewell City, Jewell county, where he and wife entered on a homestead. Some time after he was elected SherifT of the county and served acceptably for a term of years. He died at Jewell City about 1886.

Capt. Johnson was of Norwegian nationality and about 25 years old at the time of enlistment. He was brave and courageous, a man of many good qualities, loved and respected by his comrades and had the full confidence of his superior officers.

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