HALLECK JOHNSON, fruit-grower, P.O. Villa Ridge. Among the young men in this precinct who have engaged in fruit-growing, and have made a success of it, we find the gentleman whose name appears at the head of this sketch. He was born in Wayne County, Ill., October 28, 1861, to Dr. William M. and Mary A. (Galbraith) Johnson. She was born in Illinois; he in Tennessee, but when about five years old he left Tennessee and came to Jefferson County, Ill., where he resided till the fall of 1861, thence to Wayne County, and has made that his home since. He has been engaged in the practice of medicine for about twenty-eight years. They are the parents of nine children, eight of whom are now living. Our subject was educated in the graded schools of Johnsonville, and remained at home till March, 1880, when he came to Villa Ridge, and stayed with his uncle, G. W. Endicott, the first year, learning all he could of the fruit business. Although starting with nothing, he now has a nice farm in a good state of cultivation. He is member of the Villa Ridge Lodge, Patrons of Husbandry, also Meridian Lodge I. O. G. T. and of the A., F. & A. M., of Johnsonville. In politics, he is a Republican.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 290.