or capital. However, since returning to Kern county he has been more
fortunate. The losses have been retrieved and he now ranks among the
prosperous stockmen of his district.
Tlii(!in::h helping in the care of the stock owned by his father, John
Johnson, Sr., who was a pioneer of California and a rancher in Kern, Inyo
and San Bernardino counties, and eventually a merchant at Daggett, where
he died, John Johnson, Jr., learned the stock industry in all of its details.
For thirteen years he was employed on the stock ranch of W. W. Landers
on the South Fork and his proficiency led to his promotion to the responsi-
bilities of foremanship, in which position he continued until he embarked
in the stock business for himself. After he had maintained headquarters in
tJie Kclse\- \alley for some time and had made a must gratifving start in
the industry, he unfortunately took his cattle to Daggett in 1908 and there
the herd was practically wiped out through the Texas fever and the drought.
What was left he sold in 1909 and returned to Kern county, bought a small
bunch of cattle and started on the South Fork, where since he has maintained
headquarters at Weldon and has ranged his stock on the Manache meadows.
The brand of 22 which he uses is common in the district, this proving the
size of his herd and the extent to which he has made up for former losses.
Buying a residence at No. 916 Eureka street. East Bakersfield, in 1912,
Mr. Johnson moved his family to their new home and since then a part of
his time has been spent in the city. He is interested in the development of
East Bakersfield, maintains considerable pride in its growing prosperity and
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supports all measures for the local upbuilding. Politically he votes with the
Republican party. His marriage was solemnized near Weldon, Kern county,
and united him with Miss Victoria Seybert, a native of San Bernardino
county, but a resident of Kern county since childhood. They are the parents
of two daughters and one son, namely : Mrs. Viola Polkinghorn, who lives
at Weldon and has one child, Dorothy ; Inice and James. The father of Mrs.
Johnson is Robert Seybert, who at the age of eighty-two years, still survives,
rugged and hearty, and still makes his home at his ranch on the South I