Johnson, Peter G. of Naples, Idaho


     In the development and progress of northern Idaho, the subject of this article has done a good part and is now one of the substanTial and respected citizens of Naples, in Kootenai county. Mr. Johnson has a fine farm of one hundred and sixty acres which he is fast improving, having a fine house, good barn and outbuildings, while he is also handling a considerable orchard.

     Peter G. Johnson was born in Kalmar, Sweden, on February 8, 1851, being the son of Johans and Ava Johnson both natives of the same place. The father died in 1867 and the mother still lives there. Six children were born in the family and five of them are still living. Peter received his education from the careful teaching of his mother, there being no available schools there. At the early age of eleven he went to work on the neighboring farms and in 1882 came to Chicago, there being employed until he made his way to Colorado, whence he came to Soda Springs, Idaho, and thence to Dillon, Montana. In all these places he was engaged in labor for wages and did well. In Dillon, Mr. Johnson spent ten years on a farm and in 1894 he came to Sunset, Washington, and thence to his present location, where he has prospered, owing to his industry, thrift and wisdom in handling the resources placed at his disposal.

      In 1887 Mr. Johnson married Miss Manda Peterson, a native of Kalmar, Sweden. Her father died there in 1886, and her mother is still living there. Two children have been born to this happy union Alfred H. and Edwin, both attending school. Mr. Johnson is a liberal Republican and reserves for his own decision the questions of the day, not pinning his faith to the tenets of any man. He is a charter member of the Northern Lodge, No. 81, of the I. O. O. F.. at Deep Creek, Idaho.


– Page 952 “An Illustrated History of Northern Idaho, Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903 “