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Martin Johnson
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after biolgraphers visit


Lincoln County News, 4 May 1939

The recent account in The News concerning the visit of Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Swartz in Lincoln to learn something about the boyhood days of Martin Johnson in Lincoln brought several new items of Martin Johnson lore to light.
One of the most interesting is the fact that George Hutchison then a photographer and now an abstractor, gave little Martin his first lesson in photography by showing him how to operate a small camera, thus perhaps setting the boy on the road to moving picture photography which helped make him famous.
The late Charles Anderson of Lincoln owned a watch which he bought from Martin when, as a boy of 10, he was taking care of trade in his father’s jewelry store in Lincoln. The watch has passed down to the fourth generation. The late Mr. Anderson gave it to his son, C.W. Anderson, who gave it to his son, Charles, and who gave it to his little son recently.
Another interesting item is a photograph taken of a group of children on Decoration day, 1890. Little Martin is in it, as well as some of the now middle-aged citizens of Lincoln. Herman Knoch, owner of the picture, gave it to Johnson when he was here about three years ago, but in leaving town Johnson forgot it, and it is still in Lincoln.

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