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JOHNSON, AMOS AND GUSTAFVA
by The Family
Johan "Amos" was born in October, 1855, at Horedo Smoland, Sweden. In 1876, he immigrated to the United States and settled at Waterton, Minneapolis area of Minnesota. Amos attended school to learn the English language, and served in the U.S. Army in the Carpentry Department. They travelled by boat upstream on the Missouri River to a Post in Montana where they built the Assiniboine Fort to help control the Indian uprisings.
In September, 1885, Amos married Gustafva Haralson in Minnesota. They later decided to move to Canada. Amos loaded a team of horses he had just purchased and all their belongings on a Great Northern Freight car and travelled with the train and arrived at Minnedosa, Manitoba, on April 14, 1898. His wife Gustafva and their six children Carl, Amy, Gotfrid, Oliver, Caroline and Ester arrived two days later. They rented a house in Minnedosa for a short time and on May 30, 1898, Amos applied for a homestead S.E. 2-18-18W in the Rural Municipality of Clanwilliam, situated on the north shore of Otter Lake. He made the necessary requirements and received the title on March 18, 1902. The Lars Oman's, Pete Johnson's and Klebeck's helped Amos and Gustafva get settled. A new home, 12 by 14 was constructed of poplar logs but they moved and rented a good log home on the Henry Miller farm, across the lake so the children didn't have so far to attend school at Scandinavia.
In 1900, a diptheria epidemic broke out in the com munity and an adult and four children died including their youngest daughter Ester. Four days later a son, Harold was born.
Amos Johnson Family. Left to Right: Gustafva, Carrie, Carl, God/rid, Oliver, Amos and Harold in front,
As with many early settlers, wood was cut and hauled to town to trade for groceries. Since game and fish were plentiful, this helped to augment the meat supply. The children walked a distance of five miles to attend Con firmation classes at Scandinavia Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
In 1906, the Amos Johnsons' and two other families sold all their possessions except the homestead and
moved to Vancouver where work was readily available. However, Gustafva's health suffered from living at the coast and after four months they returned having to buy all necessities again but Gustafva's health did improve on her return to Manitoba.
In 1908, Amos rented the Charles Swanberg farm
Amos continued his carpentry trade in the Clan william, Franklin and Minnedosa area, completing the Minnedosa Post Office in 1914. A new log home was built on the homestead which was finished a year before Amos passed away on March 30, 1914. Gustafva lived with her son Carl until she passed away in 1925.
Amos and Gustafva were blessed with seven children; Carl Amos Victor, known later as C.A.V. was twelve years of age when he came from the United States. He later worked in the area and for the winter months, Carl and brother Gotfrid bought themselves a ten horse power stickney gasoline engine, a grain crusher and a circular wood saw. This, they mounted on a pair of heavy sleighs and made a corrugated iron cabover the -engine part. This was the first portable crusher and saw in the Scandinavia, Hilltop area. They would charge $1.25 an hour for the machine and two men but sold the machine after two years since there was too much work for what profit they made, an effort at making a profit through renting a baling machine was also unsuccessful. During the fall, Carl and Gotfrid went out and worked on threshing gangs as this was a good way to make some money. In 1930, Carl married Bertha Sjoberg, daughter of John and Clara Sjoberg of Hilltop. Bertha was born in Vasterbotton, Sweden. Carl had a fox farm on S.E. 2-18- 18W for twenty-five years and used an ice-house to refrigerate the meat needed to feed the foxes. He was caretaker of the Scandinavia Lutheran church and later
Carl Amos, Bertha, Vera and Mavis Johnson.