A resident of California for over forty years. Carl A. Johanson, who is familiarly called by his many friends Carl Grant. was born near Gothenburg, Sweden, August 12, 1849, where he aas reared on his father's farm and received a good education in the public schools of his locality. When twenty years of age he went to sea. After being in the coasting trade for a while he came around Cape Horn to San Francisco in 1874. The vessel was out 144 days and ran out of vegetables and he suffered great hardship. After arriving in California he followed the coasting trade for several years until he quit the sea and went to Gilroy Hot Springs where he was employed for five years, after which he came to San Jose in the employ of Thomas S. Montgomery. manager of the Phelan property in San Jose. having charge of the Martin Block and the Phelan Building for several years. Resigning he located at Wrights. where he was proprietor of Wright's Station Hotel for two years. He then purchased the present ranch of thirty acres where he built his home and has made his residence with his family ever since. He cleared the land and set out a vineyard of Tokays which is well cared for. For years he has been engaged in hauling fruit from the ranches to Wrights and now has a two-ton truck for that purpose. Aside from his farming he has been the roadmaster of his district for over thirty years,
seeing that the roads are kept in good condition, a matter in which he has had much valuable experience.   

At Wrights, October 14, 1894, Mr. Johanson was married to Miss Bertha Kuhn, who was born in St. Louis, Mo., coming here with her parents, George and Kate (Faber) Kuhn, when she was in her first year. Her father was a tailor and he died at Wrights, June 24, 1894, fifty-three years old. Her mother now lives in Redwood City, aged seventy-six years. Mr. and Mrs. Johanson have five children: Carl August, Jr., served twenty-one months in the U. S. Army, and fifteen months of the time overseas; he is now at McKittrick; Herman is in Watsonville; Josephine is in San Francisco; Edward is assisting his father; Jack is attending Los Gatos high school. Carl Johanson is a Republican and fraternally is a member of Ridgely Lodge, I. 0. 0. F., No. 294.

From Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,  published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1591


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