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Oscar H. Knudson

Also known as: Oscar Johnson

Last updated 22 Oct 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: 13 Mar 1902 in Drammen, Eau Claire County, Wisconsin, United States

Died: 21 Feb 1976 in , , California, United States

Father: Henry B. Johnson (1865 – 1930)

Mother: Betsy P. Peterson (1882 – 1964)

Supporting evidence for:
name

obituary-henry-johnson-1930-nrt: Obituary for Henry B. Johnson (1930); “Pioneer of County Died at Moorhead Last Wednesday,” The New Rockford Times (New Rockford, North Dakota), 17 Jan 1930 (Friday), page 1, column unknown

Comment: Source includes name (Oscar <spelling>). See research notes for spelling details.

religious-registry-ministerial-drammen-wi-1886-12: Ministerialbog [Ministerial Book], Drammen Menighed, started 1 Jan 1886 (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin), page 12; U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Church Records, 1781-1969, database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 2018) > “Congregational Records > Wisconsin > Mondovi > Drammen Lutheran Church” image 314; citing “Membership Book 1, 1886-1929, Drammen Lutheran Church; Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), Birth, Marriage, Deaths, Chicago, Illinois”

Additional detail for reference: Year 1902, line 5

Comment: Source includes name (Oscar [Knudson]).

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aliases

census-us-1910-ps-nd-eddy-79-1a: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, North Dakota, Eddy County, Pleasant Prairie Township, enumeration district 79, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 169A (stamped OR stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 14 August 2018) > "North Dakota > Eddy > Pleasant Prairie > District 0079" image 1; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 1141 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1375154]

Additional detail for reference: Line 7, dwelling 3

Comment: Source includes name (Oscar Johnson).

census-us-1920-ps-mn-clay-43-6a: 1920 U.S. Census, population schedule, Minnesota, Clay County, Moorhead (Ward 2), enumeration district 43, sheet 6A (form/penned) or page 206A (stamped); 1920 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 17 August 2018) > "Minnesota > Clay > Moorhead > District 0043" image 11; citing “Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920, NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 827 (of 2076), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 6, dwelling 85

Comment: Source includes name (Oscar <unclear> Johnson)

census-us-nd-1925-eddy-pleasantprairie-5: 1925 North Dakota State Census, Eddy County, Pleasant Prairie Township, Sheet 5; North Dakota, Territorial and State Censuses, 1885, 1915, 1925, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 28 Feb 2009) > "1925 > Eddy > Roll 5230" image 73; citing “1915 North Dakota State Census and 1925 North Dakota State Census, State Archives and Historical Research Library, State Historical Society of North Dakota, Bismarck, North Dakota”

Additional detail for reference: Line 20, dwelling 8

Comment: Source includes name (Oscar Johnson).

estate-will-oscar-johnson-1958: Will of Oscar H. Johnson; signed 9 Jun 1958; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Page 1, declaration.

Comment: Source includes name (Oscar H. Johnson).

interview-helen-oram-2009: Notes from interview with Helen (Johnson) Caswell Oram, 19 Oct 2009; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Note #4: Oscar Johnson.

Comment: Source includes name (Oscar Johnson).

interview-loretta-spear-2006: Email conversation with Loretta Pearl (Johnson) Spear, 19 Aug 2006, includes physical notes sent by mail; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Message #2

Comment: Source includes name (Oscar [Johnson]).

memorialcard-oscar-johnson-1976: Memorial card (funeral program) for Oscar H. Johnson (1976); privately held

Comment: Source includes name (Oscar H. Johnson).

obituary-harold-johnson-1948: Obituary for Harold K. Johnson (1948); “In Memoriam (Harold K. Johnson),” Grace Notes (Los Angeles, California), 25 Jan 1948 (Sunday), page 5, column 1 [This is a bulletin of the Grace Lutheran Church.]

Comment: Source includes name (Oscar H. Johnson).

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birth

census-us-1910-ps-nd-eddy-79-1a: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, North Dakota, Eddy County, Pleasant Prairie Township, enumeration district 79, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 169A (stamped OR stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 14 August 2018) > "North Dakota > Eddy > Pleasant Prairie > District 0079" image 1; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 1141 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1375154]

Additional detail for reference: Line 7, dwelling 3

Comment: Source includes age (8) and location (Wisconsin). Using his age and the official census date of 15 Apr 1910 gives a birth date range from 16 Apr 1901 to 15 Apr 1902.

census-us-1920-ps-mn-clay-43-6a: 1920 U.S. Census, population schedule, Minnesota, Clay County, Moorhead (Ward 2), enumeration district 43, sheet 6A (form/penned) or page 206A (stamped); 1920 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 17 August 2018) > "Minnesota > Clay > Moorhead > District 0043" image 11; citing “Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920, NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 827 (of 2076), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 6, dwelling 85

Comment: Source includes age (17) and location (Wisconsin). Using his age and the official census date of 1 Jan 1920 gives a birth date range from 2 Jan 1902 to 1 Jan 1903.

census-us-nd-1925-eddy-pleasantprairie-5: 1925 North Dakota State Census, Eddy County, Pleasant Prairie Township, Sheet 5; North Dakota, Territorial and State Censuses, 1885, 1915, 1925, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 28 Feb 2009) > "1925 > Eddy > Roll 5230" image 73; citing “1915 North Dakota State Census and 1925 North Dakota State Census, State Archives and Historical Research Library, State Historical Society of North Dakota, Bismarck, North Dakota”

Additional detail for reference: Line 20, dwelling 8

Comment: Source includes age (23). Using the official census date of 1 Apr 1925 gives a birth date range from 2 Apr 1901 to 1 Apr 1902.

memorialcard-oscar-johnson-1976: Memorial card (funeral program) for Oscar H. Johnson (1976); privately held

Comment: Source includes date (March 13, 1902).

religious-registry-ministerial-drammen-wi-1886-12: Ministerialbog [Ministerial Book], Drammen Menighed, started 1 Jan 1886 (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin), page 12; U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Church Records, 1781-1969, database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 2018) > “Congregational Records > Wisconsin > Mondovi > Drammen Lutheran Church” image 314; citing “Membership Book 1, 1886-1929, Drammen Lutheran Church; Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), Birth, Marriage, Deaths, Chicago, Illinois”

Additional detail for reference: Year 1902, line 5

Comment: Source includes date ([1902] Mar. 13[th]).

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death

interview-loretta-spear-2006: Email conversation with Loretta Pearl (Johnson) Spear, 19 Aug 2006, includes physical notes sent by mail; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Message #2.

Comment: Source includes location (CA [California]) in statement "all three of them died in CA" in reference to brothers Oscar, Lewis, and Harold.

memorialcard-oscar-johnson-1976: Memorial card (funeral program) for Oscar H. Johnson (1976); privately held

Comment: Source includes date (February 21, 1976).

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father

religious-registry-ministerial-drammen-wi-1886-12: Ministerialbog [Ministerial Book], Drammen Menighed, started 1 Jan 1886 (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin), page 12; U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Church Records, 1781-1969, database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 2018) > “Congregational Records > Wisconsin > Mondovi > Drammen Lutheran Church” image 314; citing “Membership Book 1, 1886-1929, Drammen Lutheran Church; Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), Birth, Marriage, Deaths, Chicago, Illinois”

Additional detail for reference: Year 1902, line 5

Comment: Source identifies Helge O. Knudson as a parent of Oscar. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

census-us-1910-ps-nd-eddy-79-1a: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, North Dakota, Eddy County, Pleasant Prairie Township, enumeration district 79, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 169A (stamped OR stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 14 August 2018) > "North Dakota > Eddy > Pleasant Prairie > District 0079" image 1; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 1141 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1375154]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 5,7, dwelling 3

Comment: Source identifies Oscar Johnson as a son of Henery B. Johnson. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

census-us-1920-ps-mn-clay-43-6a: 1920 U.S. Census, population schedule, Minnesota, Clay County, Moorhead (Ward 2), enumeration district 43, sheet 6A (form/penned) or page 206A (stamped); 1920 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 17 August 2018) > "Minnesota > Clay > Moorhead > District 0043" image 11; citing “Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920, NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 827 (of 2076), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Lines 4,6, dwelling 85

Comment: Source identifies Oscar <unclear> Johnson as a son of Henry V. Johnson. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

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mother

religious-registry-ministerial-drammen-wi-1886-12: Ministerialbog [Ministerial Book], Drammen Menighed, started 1 Jan 1886 (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin), page 12; U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Church Records, 1781-1969, database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 2018) > “Congregational Records > Wisconsin > Mondovi > Drammen Lutheran Church” image 314; citing “Membership Book 1, 1886-1929, Drammen Lutheran Church; Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), Birth, Marriage, Deaths, Chicago, Illinois”

Additional detail for reference: Year 1902, line 5

Comment: Source identifies Betsy Knudson as a parent of Oscar. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

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Family

Spouse/Partner: Loretta ____ (? – ?)

Married: Bef 1930

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

obituary-henry-johnson-1930-nrt: Obituary for Henry B. Johnson (1930); “Pioneer of County Died at Moorhead Last Wednesday,” The New Rockford Times (New Rockford, North Dakota), 17 Jan 1930 (Friday), page 1, column unknown

Comment: Source includes date (17 January 1930) and indicates Oscar was married at the time.

obituary-harold-johnson-1948: Obituary for Harold K. Johnson (1948); “In Memoriam (Harold K. Johnson),” Grace Notes (Los Angeles, California), 25 Jan 1948 (Sunday), page 5, column 1 [This is a bulletin of the Grace Lutheran Church.]

Comment: Source identifies Loretta as the wife of Oscar H. Johnson at the time of his brother Harold's funeral on 21 Jan 1948.

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Miscellaneous Facts

Events

Christening: 23 Mar 1902

Burial: at Compton, Los Angeles County, California, United States

Mausoleum: (Angeles Abbey Mausoleum) at Compton, Los Angeles County, California, United States

Supporting evidence for:
events

religious-registry-ministerial-drammen-wi-1886-12: Ministerialbog [Ministerial Book], Drammen Menighed, started 1 Jan 1886 (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin), page 12; U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Church Records, 1781-1969, database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 2018) > “Congregational Records > Wisconsin > Mondovi > Drammen Lutheran Church” image 314; citing “Membership Book 1, 1886-1929, Drammen Lutheran Church; Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), Birth, Marriage, Deaths, Chicago, Illinois”

Additional detail for reference: Year 1902, line 5

Comment: Source includes date ([1902] Mar. 23[rd]).

memorialcard-oscar-johnson-1976: Memorial card (funeral program) for Oscar H. Johnson (1976); privately held

Comment: Source includes location (Angeles Abbey Mausoleum [, Compton, California]).

memorialcard-oscar-johnson-1976: Memorial card (funeral program) for Oscar H. Johnson (1976); privately held

Comment: Source includes mausoleum (Angeles Abbey Mausoleum [, Compton, California]).

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Attributes

Residence: 15 Apr 1910 at Pleasant Prarie Township, Eddy County, North Dakota, United States

Residence: 1 Jan 1920 at Moorhead, Clay County, Minnesota, United States

Residence: 1 Apr 1925 at Pleasant Prairie, Eddy County, North Dakota, United States

Residence: at Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States

Residence: 17 Jan 1930 at Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States

Residence: 21 Jan 1948 at Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States

Residence: 9 Jun 1958 at Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States

Residence: at Cudahy, Los Angeles County, California, United States

Supporting evidence for:
attributes

census-us-1910-ps-nd-eddy-79-1a: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, North Dakota, Eddy County, Pleasant Prairie Township, enumeration district 79, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 169A (stamped OR stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 14 August 2018) > "North Dakota > Eddy > Pleasant Prairie > District 0079" image 1; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 1141 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1375154]

Additional detail for reference: Line 7, dwelling 3

Comment: Source includes census date (15 Apr 1910) and location (Pleasant Prairie Township, County: Eddy, State: North Dakota).

census-us-1920-ps-mn-clay-43-6a: 1920 U.S. Census, population schedule, Minnesota, Clay County, Moorhead (Ward 2), enumeration district 43, sheet 6A (form/penned) or page 206A (stamped); 1920 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 17 August 2018) > "Minnesota > Clay > Moorhead > District 0043" image 11; citing “Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920, NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 827 (of 2076), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 6, dwelling 85

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Jan 1920) and location (Moorhead City, County: Clay, State: Minnesota).

census-us-nd-1925-eddy-pleasantprairie-5: 1925 North Dakota State Census, Eddy County, Pleasant Prairie Township, Sheet 5; North Dakota, Territorial and State Censuses, 1885, 1915, 1925, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 28 Feb 2009) > "1925 > Eddy > Roll 5230" image 73; citing “1915 North Dakota State Census and 1925 North Dakota State Census, State Archives and Historical Research Library, State Historical Society of North Dakota, Bismarck, North Dakota”

Additional detail for reference: Line 20, dwelling 8

Comment: Source includes official census date (1 Apr 1925) and location (Pleasant Prairie, Eddy County, North Dakota).

interview-helen-oram-2009: Notes from interview with Helen (Johnson) Caswell Oram, 19 Oct 2009; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Note #4: Oscar Johnson.

Comment: Source includes approximate date (before marriage to Loretta) and location (Chicago, Cook County, IL).

obituary-henry-johnson-1930-nrt: Obituary for Henry B. Johnson (1930); “Pioneer of County Died at Moorhead Last Wednesday,” The New Rockford Times (New Rockford, North Dakota), 17 Jan 1930 (Friday), page 1, column unknown

Comment: Source includes date of obituary (17 January 1930), and location (Chicago [, Illinois]).

obituary-harold-johnson-1948: Obituary for Harold K. Johnson (1948); “In Memoriam (Harold K. Johnson),” Grace Notes (Los Angeles, California), 25 Jan 1948 (Sunday), page 5, column 1 [This is a bulletin of the Grace Lutheran Church.]

Comment: Source includes funeral date (January 21st [, 1948]) and location (Chicago [, Illinois]).

estate-will-oscar-johnson-1958: Will of Oscar H. Johnson; signed 9 Jun 1958; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Page 1, declaration.

Comment: Source includes date of will (9 June 1958) and location (Chicago, Illinois).

interview-helen-oram-2009: Notes from interview with Helen (Johnson) Caswell Oram, 19 Oct 2009; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Note #4: Oscar Johnson.

Comment: Source includes approximate date (after [wife] Loretta died) and location (Cudahy, Los Angeles County, CA).

interview-loretta-spear-2006: Email conversation with Loretta Pearl (Johnson) Spear, 19 Aug 2006, includes physical notes sent by mail; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Message #4.

Comment: Source indicates Oscar moved to California after his wife, Loretta, died.

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Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)

CONFLICTS

Parent (mother): This database uses Betsy Peterson. A family interview notes that Oscar was a child of Caroline. [interview-helen-oram-2009]

SPELLING

Surname: This database uses Knudson. The obituary of Henry Johnson uses Knutson. [obituary-henry-johnson-1930-nrt]

FOLLOWUP

The surname Knudson is an alternate spelling for Knudtson, which is shared by both his father and brother, but a record hasn't yet been found that has this latter version of the name applied to Oscar.

An index of Wisconsin births identifies Oscar Knudtson (b. 13 May 1902 in Drammen, Eau Claire, Wisconsin) as the son of Helge Knudtson and Bessie Peterson. Obtain a copy of the birth certificate itself.

Henry may have been married a second time in California in the 1960s. [interview-helen-oram-2009]

When did Oscar start using Johnson as his surname rather than Knudtson; was he adopted by Henry B. Johnson, or did he just change it at some point?

Supporting evidence for:
research notes

interview-helen-oram-2009: Notes from interview with Helen (Johnson) Caswell Oram, 19 Oct 2009; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Note #2: Henry B. Johnson, Note #4: Oscar Johnson.

obituary-henry-johnson-1930-nrt: Obituary for Henry B. Johnson (1930); “Pioneer of County Died at Moorhead Last Wednesday,” The New Rockford Times (New Rockford, North Dakota), 17 Jan 1930 (Friday), page 1, column unknown

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