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The 1894 Farmers Directory for Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, lists a John Johnson from Germany
on page 1.
"John Johnson, postoffice Burchinal, owns 120 acres e 1/2 ne 1/4 sec. 8 and sw 1/4 nw
1/4 sec. 9. Came from Germany to this place 4 years ago and is doing well. Wife's
name, Rena, children, Willie, Bardel, Elizabeth, Lena, Annie."
J. Peter Johnson is also listed on page 1 of that book.
"J. Peter Johnson, postoffice Burchinal, owns 79 acres s 1/2 se 1/4 sec. 6 and 120
acres e 1/2 nw 1/4 nw 1/4 sec. 9. Has been here 12 years and likes the country.
Wife's name Augusta, children, Mary, Martin, J. Peter, Anna, Charles."
Burchinal is a few miles south-east of Clear Lake.
There is another John Johnson listed on page 2 of the Farmers Directory, but he was from
Rockwell, Iowa. Also, he had sold the farm when they published the directory, so they
listed no details about him. They only describe the land, and mention the buyer's