J. O. Johnson

Pekin, North Dakota

has the general store in Pekin, North Dakota. He was born in Øvrebygden on November 24, 1865. His father, Johan Ellefsen, and his mother, Gullaug Brudeli, came to America in 1871 to Madelia, Minnesota. He came to Nelson County in 1888 and began his business there in 1906, the same year the town started.

His wife, Karen Bjorlie, is from Trondhjem. They have three children.

Source: Norwegians and Norwegian Homes in America by Hans Jervell - 1916 - Page 56

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