Benjamin Johnson
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Mary Ann Lytle

Albert Lytle Johnson


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Albert Lytle Johnson 1 2 3

  • Born: 19 Jun 1864, Albany, Green, Wisconsin, United States
  • Marriage (1): Harriot Elizabeth Patmore on 25 Aug 1885 in Valparaiso, Saunders, Nebraska, United States 1
  • Died: 5 May 1948, Crete, Saline, Nebraska, United States at age 83
  • Buried: Riverside Cemetery, Crete, Saline, Nebraska, United States

   Another name for Albert was Albert Litle Johnson.

  Research Notes:

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Albert Lytle Johnson

Albert Lytle Johnson, a resident of Nebraska for the past 65 years, was born at Albany, Green County, Wisconsin, June 19, 1864, the son of Andrew and Mary Ann (Lytle) Johnson. His father, who was a contractor, builder, and farmer, was born in Massachusetts, September 8, 1816, and died at Valparaiso, Saunders County, Nebraska.

In 1635 Edmund Johnson, the great great great great great grandfather of Albert L. Johnson, sailed with his wife, Mary, from London and settled in Hampton, New Hampshire. His son, James, was born in Hampton, in 1643, and later moved to Maine, where he was a millwright. There is no particular record of the Johnson family from that time until 1763, when Benjamin Johnson, grandfather of Albert Johnson, was born; he enlisted in the Revolutionary War at the age of 13, and was a private in Captain Jeremiah Fogg's Company, the Colonel George Reed's Regiment of New, Hampshire.

Mr. Johnson's parents were married in Maine, November 26, 1840, where four of their ten children were born. In 1851 they moved to Ohio, where one son was born, and the same year moved on to Wisconsin; the five younger children were born there. In 1865 his father and his brother, R. K. Johnson, started for Nebraska with one horse and a light wagon looking for a suitable homestead; the brother had just been discharged from the army after service in the Civil War. Their means were limited and they paid expenses on the trip by mending clocks and tinware for the settlers.

Part of the trip was made on foot and the journey was a long one. They finally reached the southwestern part of Saunders County and homesteaded on land near the present site of Valparaiso. There they built the first frame house in that part of the state, hauling the lumber with ox teams from the Iowa side of the river and hewing the timbers from trees growing on the homestead. Since funds were low his father set out to find carpenter work, and as Lincoln began to grow found work on the first state capitol building; a little later he made a contract for part of the work on the first University of Nebraska building.

Mary Ann (Lytle) Johnson, mother of Albert L. Johnson, was born in New York, December 15, 1819, and died at Valparaiso, August 15, 1902. She was one of the finest types of pioneer women, and with no luxuries and few of the necessities of life contrived to make a home for her family of ten children. Her grandfather was a soldier in the Revolution, and in the War of 1812; her father was in the regular United States Army for a time. Her older brother, Robert Lytle, sailed around the Horn in 1849, and was in the gold rush of '49; he died in 1876. In 1850 her other two brothers, Benjamin Stevens Lytle and Albert Waldo Lytle joined Robert, sailing from Belfast and crossing the Isthmus, where they left for Eureka, California. Albert died in 1896 and Benjamin in 1899.

Mr. Johnson, who has been a leader in the civic and business world at Crete, Saline County, Nebraska for many years, attended the public schools of Valparaiso, and the Nebraska Conference Seminary at York, Nebraska. He was a student at the University of Nebraska, 1880-81, and attended the Orchard City Business College at Burlington, Iowa, in 1881. He was employed by the Crete Mills as bookkeeper in 1883; was bookkeeper and cashier for David May at Lincoln, Nebraska; was assistant bookkeeper for Leighton & Clarke and the H. T. Clarke Company, wholesale druggists in Lincoln and Omaha; was cashier of the R. K. Johnson Bank at Valparaiso; and in 1888 returned to the Crete Mills as bookkeeper and assistant manager. In 1895 he became manager in full charge of activities of this organization. In 1901, when the Crete Mills were incorporated, he became president of the company; he holds this position today. He was formerly a director of the First National Bank at University Place, Nebraska; was formerly vice president of the Union Loan & Savings Company at Lincoln; was one of the organizers of the First Building & Loan Association at University Place; and is a stockholder in the Crete State Bank and several other corporations at Crete.

His marriage to Harriott Elizabeth Patmore was solemnized at Valparaiso, August 25, 1885. Mrs. Johnson, who was born at Elora, Ontario, Canada, October 11, 1861; is the laughter of Levi Patmore and Elizabeth (Bastedo) Patmore; her father was an architect. They have four children: Rodney Knox, born May, 1886, who married Mary Louise Crowe; Port Albert, born November 28, 1887, who married Edith May Cleveland; Ruth, born October 4, 1893, who married Evert Lee Stancliff; and Benjamin Lytle, born Jane 21, 1899, who married Helen Westlake.

Rodney is a physician and surgeon at Friend, Nebraska, and is senior captain of the hospital company of the 110th Medical Regiment of the Nebraska National Guards with headquarters at Lincoln. Port served in France during the World War and was commander of the American Legion Post at Crete for several terms; he is now eastern sales manager for the Crete Mills with headquarters at Huntington, West Virginia. Benjamin enlisted in the navy during the World War at the age of 16 and is now adjutant of the American Legion post at Crete. He is secretary of the Crete Mills.

Mr. Johnson is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution at Lincoln, the Nebraska Territorial Pioneers, and the Nebraskana Society. He is a life member of the Red Cross. From 1912 to 1922 he was a member of the board of education of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was formerly a member of the school board at Crete, and at University Place. Since 1895 he has been a trustee of the Nebraska Wcsleyan University, and from 1912 to 1929 was president of the board of trustees. He served as a member of the state committee of the Young Men's Christian Association from 1897 to 1926; he holds membership in the Lincoln society of this organization. His social club is the University Club at Lincoln.

Politically, Mr. Johnson is a Republican, and is an ardent temperance worker. He is affiliated with the Grace Methodist Episcopal Church at Crete. Residence: Crete.

  Death Notes:

Obituary transcribed in

Today, all of Crete sincerely mourns the passing of a good friend, a splendid citizen, and foremost business associate. Along with the Crete Mills, A.L. Johnson was a Crete institution, and his sudden, unexpected demise yesterday morning came as a shock to the local community, as well as the entire state. He will long be remembered, not alone for his business ability and success, but for his many benefactions. He was a liberal contributor to the church, Wesleyan University, and all worthy causes.

Albert Litle Johnson, youngest son of Andrew Johnson and Mary Ann Litle, was born in Albany, Wisconsin on June 19, 1864 and died suddenly at his home in Crete, Nebraska on May 5, 1948, aged 83 years, 10 months, and 16 days. He came with his family to Nebraska territory in 1865 and settled on Oak Creek, near Valparaiso, Nebraska.

He attended York Academy, Burlington Business College, and the University of Nebraska. In 1883 he worked for a few months at the Crete Mills but soon returned to Valparaiso where he served as cashier of his brother's bank. On January 1, 1888 he returned to Crete, where he was engaged in the milling business until his death. In 1895 he was made General Manager and became President when the Crete Mills was incorporated in 1901. On January 1, 1948 after 60 years of continuous service, he was elected Chairman of the Board.

In 1904 he moved to University Place so that his children could attend Nebraska Wesleyan University and returned to Crete in 1922.

He was a member of the Methodist Church, the Nebraska State Historical Society, Sons of the American Revolution, the Masonic Lodge, and the Omaha Grain Exchange.

He is survived by one sister, Mrs. M.J. States of Lander, Wyoming; three sons, Dr. Rodney K. Johnson of Friend; Port A. Johnson of Miami Beach, Florida; and B.L. Johnson of Crete; one daughter, Mrs. Ruth J. Stancliff of Los Angeles, California; 15 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.

He was deeply interested in education and for over fifty years was a member of the Board of Trustees of Nebraska Wesleyan University and President of that board for over 30 years. He served on the National Board of Education of the Methodist Church for a number of years and until his death was active in church and civic affairs.

Caption under the picture -- Albert Litle Johnson passed away suddenly from a heart attack at his home, 1112 Grove Ave., about nine o'clock yesterday afternoon. He had been confined to the house for a week or more, but there was nothing about his health condition to cause apprehension. Last rites will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday with Rev. Lloyd H. Rising, pastor of First Methodist Church, University Place and Rev. Bert A. Bessire, pastor of Grace Methodist Church, Crete, officiating. Dudley O. Aller will sing for this last service accompanied at the organ by Philip Sack. Interment at Riverside Cemetery.

Crete Stores to Close -- Thomas J. Aron, Mayor, announced Wednesday afternoon that all places of business would be closed Monday, May 10 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in final tribute to Mr. Johnson, a loyal friend and citizen.

Source: The Crete News, May 6, 1948

  Noted events in his life were:

Census: U.S, 16 Jun 1900, Crete, Saline, Nebraska, United States. 4 Household:
A. L. Johnson, head, W, M, Jun 1864, 35, M, 15, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New York, Mill manager
Hattie E. Johnson, wife, W, F, Oct 1863, 36, M, 15, Canada Eng, England, Canada Eng, imm 1881
Rodney K. Johnson, son, W, M, Apl 1886, 14, S, Nebraska
Porter A. Johnson, W, M, Nov 1887, 12, Nebraska
Ruth Johnson, daughter, W, F, Oct 1893, 6, Nebraska
Benjamin L. Johnson, son, W, M, Jun 1899, 11/12, S, Nebraska
Rubel Sena, servant, W, F, Jun 1873, 16, S, Illinois, Indiana, Indiana, general housework

Residence, 1929, Crete, Saline, Nebraska, United States.

Albert married Harriot Elizabeth Patmore, daughter of Levi Joseph Patmore and Elizabeth P. Bastedo, on 25 Aug 1885 in Valparaiso, Saunders, Nebraska, United States.1 (Harriot Elizabeth Patmore was born on 5 Oct 1861 in Elora, Nichol Twp, Wellington, Canada West (Ontario), Canada, christened on 7 Dec 1861 in Elora, Nichol Twp, Wellington, Canada West (Ontario), Canada, died on 12 Apr 1947 in <Saline, Nebraska>, United States and was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Crete, Saline, Nebraska, United States.)


1 Website - Genealogy,

2 Correspondence, Harriet's husband's name is a guess based on a letter from Edward H. Wallace to his sister Maud (Wallace) Healy 13 September 1908:
"Uncle Albert Johnson and Aunt Hattie seem pretty well, but Uncle A. doesn't do any continuous labor."

3, Find A Grave Memorial# 109158111.

4 FamilySearch Historical Files (, "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 20 January 2015), A S Johnson, Crete Precinct Crete city, Saline, Nebraska, United States; citing sheet 11B, family 257, NARA microfilm pu.

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