Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     SAMUEL M. JOHNSON resides about one mile north from Creston on a magnificent estate of nine hundred acres which he has acquired by purchase, the result of his own earnings since coming to Lincoln county.  He was born in Nevada City, California, October 26, 1858, the son of Alfred A. and Sarah (Fordyce) Johnson, natives of Virginia and Ohio, respectively.  The father removed to California in the early fifties and engaged in mining at Grass Valley.  He made a fortune in the business and in 1899 returned to Ohio where he is now living.  The mother is also living there.  Our subject was favored with a good common school education in Ohio, and after the days of that training were completed, he took up telegraphy.  He soon mastered the art and was in the employ of different railroads until 1890, in the spring of which year, he came to Creston.  He was installed soon as railroad operator.  In 1897, he bought a section of railroad land and has added to it since until he has the amount mentioned above.  Mr. Johnson now gives his attention to the oversight of his state and is known as one of the prosperous men of the county.
     In 1891, Mr. Johnson married Miss Ella, daughter of John H. and Mary (Wynhoff) Verfurth, natives of Germany and now farming in Iowa.  Mrs. Johnson was born in Iowa on December 4,1871.  To this union, one child, Odessa L. was born on April 26, 1892.  Our subject has the following brothers and sisters, Hon. David B., an attorney in Minneapolis, and one of the best orators of the northwest.  On account of his ability as a speaker, he has been styled the Demosthenes of America, and the Stephen A. Douglas of the northwest; W. B. general live stock agent for the Gulf system of railroads in Kansas City, Missouri; F. E. in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Mr. Johnson also has two sisters, Mrs. Luella Hannah, in Ohio; Mrs. Ida Allen, in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.