Earl S. Johnson was born at Litchville, North Dakota. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Elliot Johnson, who farmed in the Litchfield, Marion, and Ypsilanti communities. Earl was engaged in farming with his father.
Blanche Heffernan was born in Ypsilanti, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Heffernan, and lived all her life in the Ypsilanti area.
Earl and Blanche were married in 1945, and Earl began working on the railroad in the spring of 1946. In 1982, when the Ypsilanti Community Centennial Book was published, he was still employed by the railroad.
Earl and Blanche had one son, Larry.