This collection contains documents relating to various aspects of retired Pasadena, California, physician Henry Warren Johnson
The bulk of the documents are notes for his manuscript, "The Story of Placerville Road," which chronicles his experiences
traveling around California in the 1920s.
Henry Warren Johnson (1854-1942) was a retired doctor who traveled around California
and the Pacific Northwest in his automobile during the 1920s with his sister Harriet
“Hattie” L. Johnson. He was born in 1854 and raised in Berlin, New Hampshire, and
graduated from Harvard University in 1879 with a bachelor’s degree. From there, he
entered Boston University where he graduated in 1888 with an MD. He traveled to
Europe in order to do his residency in a Dublin hospital. By 1901, he returned to
Berlin and became the Chairman of the City’s Board of Education, with Hattie as the
city librarian. Afterwards, he and his sister moved to Pasadena, California, from
Berlin. They began to travel during the 1920s, while Johnson worked for the
Department of Agriculture under the authority of the Biological Survey making
regular reports about the number and types of birds he branded. He also held permits
from the State Fish and Game Commission and the State Ornithological Club. Towards
the end of his life, he took a class by Loye Miller at the University of California,
Los Angeles about birds. He also began several manuscripts about literature and
California history, publishing “A collection of genealogical tables of the reigning
houses of Europe from the 10th century to the present time,” through a local press
in 1940. He died at the age of 88 on October 19, 1942.
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