Joseph Ellis Johnson photograph collection, 1850-1882 PDF
- Johnson, Joseph Ellis
- Joseph Ellis Johnson photograph collection
- 1850-1882 (inclusive)18501882
- 71 photographs
- Collection Number
- The Joseph Ellis Johnson photograph collection contains portraits of members of the Johnson family. The collection also contains photographs of the 1909 trip of Rufus Johnson to St. George showing Johnson's Canyon, property acquired by Johnson when he lived there and miscellaneous photographs of scenes in Utah.
- University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
- Access Restrictions
Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
(Please note: the following was adapted from the biography found in the Register of the Papers of Joseph Ellis Johnson, (Ms 110.) Manuscripts Division, Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, 1977. That biography in turn was from an autobiography written by Joseph Ellis Johnson in June 1882.)
"J. E. Johnson was born at Pomfret, Chautauqua Co., New York, on the 28th of April 1817. He moved to Kirtland, Ohio, in 1832 and was baptized as a Latter-day Saint in 1833. He accompanied the Kirtland Camp in 1838. He taught school in Springfield, Illinois in 1840. He went to Nauvoo, Illinois in 1840. He married Harriet Snider by Joseph Smith in 1841 [sic: actual date of marriage was October 6, 1840]. He accompanied Joseph and Hyrum Smith on their way to Carthage jail and was taken prisoner when the mob entered Nauvoo. He went to Miller's Hollow, now Council Bluffs, in 1848. He built the first house in Pottawattamie County (other than log cabin). He was postmaster at Council Bluffs for five years and obtained a change of name from "Kanesville" to Council Bluffs. He was a member of the first city council for several years. He established the Council Bluffs Bugle in 1852. The office and store were destroyed by fire in 1853. It was restored and published until 1856. The Bugle had much to do in getting the capitol of Nebraska located at Omaha.
"He was elected to the Nebraska legislature but was too much of a Democrat to get a seat. He opened the first store in the city of Omaha and sent the first train of goods to the Denver, Colorado (Cherry Creek) mines. In 1854 he published the Omaha Arrow, the first paper published on Nebraska soil, and the same year accompanied the first party of explorers for a railroad crossing on the Missouri River and Loupe Fork of the Platte River. He wrote the first article published favoring the North Platte route for the Pacific Railroad and contended for same until so located. He crossed the plains to Utah and back in 1850. In 1857 he started the Crescent City Oracle and laid out the town of that name. In 1858 he published the Council Bluffs Press. In 1858-1860-1861 he published The Huntsman's Echo at Wood River, Nebraska. In 1861 he moved to Utah. In 1863 he established the Farmer's Oracle at Spring Lake Villa, Utah County. In 1864/5, he removed to St. George and began a supply garden and nursery. In 1868-1869 he published Our Dixie Times, afterward the Rio Virgen [sic] Times. In 1870 he published the Utah Pomologist and Gardener, monthly for several years. In 1876 he went to Silver Reef and put up a store and printing office but sold part of office before the paper was fairly started. In 1879 it was burned out, with others. He restored the store immediately, but on a larger scale."
In 1882, Johnson once again moved at his church's call, this time to settle what would become Tempe, Arizona. However, his strenuous efforts all his life finally caught up with him, and he passed away on December 17, 1882.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The photographs of Joseph Ellis Johnson consist of 71 black and white prints. Included among his photographs are pictures of himself and his descendants as well as views of southern Utah communities and scenery. Most depcit his family, with only one image (number 8) being Joseph E. Johnson. Many older formats are represented, with albumen prints and cabinet cards the most common.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Joseph Ellis Johnson family, 1850s-1882Return to Top
Container(s): Box 1
Rufus D. Johnson trip
Rufus Johnson trip
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Personal Names :
- Johnson, Rufus David, 1882---Photographs
- Family Names :
- Johnson family--Photographs
- Geographical Names :
- Saint George (Utah)--Photographs
- Form or Genre Terms :
- Photographic prints--1909-1958
- Portrait photographs--1909-1950