M.P. Johnson Papers, 1905-2004
Primary Creator: Johnson, M.P. (Myron) (1873-1937)
Extent: 0.25 Linear Feet
Date Acquired: 04/00/2007
Myron P. Johnson was born July 20, 1873, in Spencer, Iowa. He was the first son of Peter Johnson and Marie Christine Rasmussen from Denmark. In 1899, he filed for a homestead in Ivanhoe Township, later Renville County, North Dakota, where he was an active participant in political and cooperative organizations. Johnson served seven years as president of the North Dakota unit of the American Society of Equity. The Society of Equity was organized to support local farmers and merchants to keep their goods and prices locally controlled rather than nationally controlled. He sponsored the Nonpartisan League, Independent Voters Association, Farmers Livestock Association, and the Republican Party. In June 1916, he served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.
While serving on a national committee with Herbert Hoover to feed Europe during World War I, Johnson was also elected North Dakota's Railroad Commissioner. He did not run for reelection in an effort to avoid a breach in ranks of the American Society of Equity and resigned from the Nonpartisan League when he disapproved of its involvement in activities he considered unethical and "against the principles of Equity." Johnson died in 1937 while still heading an effort to get the government to bring surplus products to drought areas. Johnson married Ida C. Gjerness in Minot, North Dakota, on September 6, 1909. They had five children: Mae Gertrude, Frances Ida, Marian Luella, Neoma Louise, and Myron, Junior.
Access Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Acquisition Source: Mae Johnson VanSickel, Parkville, Maryland
Acquisition Method: Donation; 2007-2885
Preferred Citation: (Description of Item). M.P. Johnson Papers. OGLMC 1517, Box #, Folder #. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid added to Archon in December 2013.
Browse by Box:
- Box 1
- Folder 1: Biographical information, 1937-2007
- Folder 2: Johnson and the American Society of Equity, 1916-1977
- Contains newspaper clippings and correspondence pertaining to Johnson and the American Society of Equity. A brief history of the Society is included that was not in the original collection.
- Folder 3: Railroad Commissioner, 1916
- Folder 4: Nonpartisan League, 1980-1981
- Articles pertaining to the Nonpartisan League.
- Folder 5: The Organized Farmer (official paper of the American Society of Equity), 1 February 1917
- Folder 6: The Equity News, February 2 (two copies) and February 9 (two copies) 1921
- Folder 7: M.W. "Bill" Thatcher information, 1968-1976
- Thatcher was a friend of M.P. Johnson
- Folder 8: Correspondence with Theodore Saloutos, 1937-1940
- Also included is an article written by Saloutos about the Equity Cooperative Exchange (1947).