Don was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Johnson, who came to North Dakota from Indiana in 1903 looking for land to farm. Walter purchased a farm of his own in 1908.
Pearl Youse was born in Iowa to Mr. and Mrs. Lou Youse. Her mother was a second cousin to Abraham Lincoln. They came to North Dakota on an immigrant train, and farmed one mile east and five miles south of Ypsilanti, in Stutsman County. The old prairie trail from Jamestown to Marion crossed the southwest corner of their farmland.
Don and Pearl were married in 1937. They farmed, and also ran a cafe in Ypsilanti for several years.
They were the parents of two children, Bob and Patty. Pearl Johnson passed away in 1973. At the time that the Ypsilanti Community Centennial Book was published in 1982, Don had retired from farming and was living in Ypsilanti.