|Andrew P. Johnson, a prominent farmer of the town of Rutland, spent his youth and young manhood in Norway and Sweden.He is of Swedish birth and ancestry and his parents, John Anderson and Bertha Anderson, were both natives of Ellstaate, Sweden. This was also their home after their marriage and their family of seven children were born on a farm in Ellstaate. The parents are now deceased and the family widely scattered. Mary, the oldest daughter, lives in Norway; Andrew P. and Lewis in Rutland; Tillie, in Madison, Wis.; Sophia, in Norway and Charles in Michigan. The youngest son, Edwin, died in infancy.
Andrew P. was born on the farm in Ellstaate, October 18, 1846, attended the common schools, and when a young man, went to the forest district of Norway, where he worked in a saw-mill until 1881. At that time he concluded to try his fortune in the west and located in Spring Lake, Mich., where he found employment in the mills. After three years in Spring Lake, he crossed Lake Michigan and located in Stoughton, where he worked in a wagon-shop. Three years of farm life in the town of Dunn followed, three more years in the town of Dunkirk and then another period in the town of Dunn.
His next location was Oregon, Wis. and he finally purchased, in March 1902, a farm of two hundred acres in Rutland, which is his present home and on which he has expended much labor and money and brought it to a high state of cultivation. Mr. Johnson raises considerable stock as well as all kinds of farm produce.
Mrs. Johnson was formerly Miss Louis Torgerson, daughter of Andrew Torgerson, whose home is in Norway, and she married Mr. Johnson in 1870. Their union has been blessed with nine children; John A. is a stone-cutter in Milwaukee; Adolph operates a farm in Dunkirk; the next two sons, Oscar and Severson, are both deceased; Morris is a successful farmer of the town of Dunn and the younger children, Tolaf, Frank, George, and Andrew P. remain at home. The children were educated in the Rutland and Stoughton schools and the family attend the Lutheran church.
Mr. Johnson is a Republican in his political affiliations but is not an active politician.
1906 History of Dane County, Wisconsin, p. 460.