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Jay Johnson - Modern Era

Jay Johnson relates the family farm's evolution from a trucking business shipping grain to river terminals, to the construction of a large grain elevator facility and a grain terminal with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe RR, located on the family property. Jay traces his life from earning a BA degree in finance, to working for a major Chicago bank, to the operation of the grain terminal.

Interview Links

Feature Excerpt

Scale of Option

Abstract

Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Early life in farming, grain production

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Tour: Growth of rail shipping, train loading

Transcript

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Photos

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Jay Johnson family photo, 1974. From Left to Right, back row: Joy (sister), Bob Johnson (dad), Jane (sister), Jack (brother); front row: Judy Johnson (mom), Jay and Joni (sister).

Where:

Unknown

When:

1974

Ownership:

Unknown

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Kelly Lynn Rufa family photo, September 1980.Gary Rufa, Patricia Rufa, Deborah Rufa and Kelly Rufa. Taken at their home in Elmhurst, Illinois.

Where:

Elmhurst, Illinois

When:

September 1980

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Unknown

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Waverly Elementary School photo of Jay Robert Johnson, 1975.

Where:

Unknown

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1975

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Unknown

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Waverly High School, senior year, Jay Johnson (#15) playing basketball in 1985.

Where:

Waverly High School

When:

1985

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Unknown

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Photo of Kelly's from Illinois State University in 1991 with Jay standing beside her

Where:

Unknown

When:

1991

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Unknown

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Photo from the Johnson-Rufa wedding, held on April 23, 1994 at the Christ The King Church in Springfield, Illinois.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

April 23, 1994

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Unknown

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Photo of Jay's maternal grandparents, John and Sue Tranquilli, taken at Jay and Kelly's wedding in 1994.

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Unknown

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1994

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Unknown

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Photo of Jay's parents, Bob and Judy Johnson, date unknown.

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Unknown

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Unknown

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May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator

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Arial photo of the Johnson family homestead and grain offices in 1987.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1987

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Narrator's Photo

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Photo of the Johnson Shuttle before construction of the main facility, date unknown. Note the rail line looping in the background.

Where:

Johnson Shuttle

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Unknown

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Narrator's Photo

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Photo of the Johnson Shuttle, construction dates October 2003 with completion in April of 2004.

Where:

Unknown

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Unknown

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Narrator's Photo

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Photo of the Johnson Shuttle, construction dates October 2003 with completion in April of 2004.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Unknown

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Narrator's Photo

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Photo of the Johnson Shuttle, construction dates October 2003 with completion in April of 2004.

Where:

Johnson elevator in rural Waverly, Illinois

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Circa 2004

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Narrator's Photo

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Photo of the Johnson Grain Shuttle, photo taken in July of 2009.

Where:

Unknown

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July of 2009.

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Narrator's Photo

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Photo of the Johnson Grain Shuttle, photo taken in July of 2009.

Where:

Unknown

When:

July of 2009.

Ownership:

Narrator's Photo

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Photo of the Johnson Grain Shuttle, photo taken in July of 2009.

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Unknown

When:

July of 2009.

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Narrator's Photo

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Photo of the Johnson Grain Shuttle, photo taken in July of 2009.

Where:

Unknown

When:

July of 2009.

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Narrator's Photo

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Photo of Jay Johnson being honored as the Small Business Person of the Year for Illinois in 2007

Where:

Unknown

When:

2007

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Public domain

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Photo of the Johnson Shuttle, taken in July of 2009.

Where:

Unknown

When:

July of 2009

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Narrator's Photo

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Family photo, taken in 2005, of Grant (son), Jay, Kelly (spouse) and Haley (daughter) seated in the engine of the train at the Johnson Shuttle.

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Johnson Shuttle

When:

2005

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Narrator's Photo

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Photo of Jay Johnson along with his two children, Haley and Grant, watching the corn being harvested in 2007.

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Unknown

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2007

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Narrator's Photo

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Photo of Haley, Jay and Grant standing atop one of the grain shuttles in 2005.

Where:

Unknown

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2005

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Narrator's Photo

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Photo of Grant, Haley and Jay at the Johnson Grain Shuttle in October of 2004 sitting on an ATV.

Where:

Unknown

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October of 2004

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Narrator's Photo

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Photo of Jay and Kelly Johnson taken in 2008.

Where:

Unknown

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2008

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Narrator's Photo

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Photo of the Johnson Grain Shuttle staff taken in 2007 for the small business man of the year award in Illinois.

Where:

Unknown

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2007

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Narrator's Photo

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Bob (Jay's father) and Jay in front of the grain shuttle operation, circa 2009.

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Unknown

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circa 2009

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Narrator's Photo

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Jay Johnson in front of the shuttle operation circa 2007.

Where:

Unknown

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circa 2007

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Narrator's Photo

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Jay heads to the helicopter.

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Unknown

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2005

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Narrator's Photo

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The storage shed under construction in 2005.

Where:

Unknown

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2005

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Narrator's Photo

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A bumper crop of corn stretches out from the partially completed storage shed in 2005.

Where:

Unknown

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2005

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Narrator's Photo

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A Burlington, Northern & Santa Fe locomotive pulls up a line of grain cars at the shuttle site, circa 2005.

Where:

Unknown

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circa 2005

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Narrator's Photo

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Grain trucks line up to dump their corn at the shuttle facility in 2006.

Where:

Unknown

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2006

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Narrator's Photo

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The storage shed under construction in 2005.

Where:

Unknown

When:

2005

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(Narrator's Photo)

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Johnson family (Back row left to right: Grant Johnson (son), Michael Ryan (nephew), Haley Johnson (daughter), Brady Gray (nephew); Center Row: Grace Gray (niece); Front Row: Ella Gray (niece) and cousins playing in the storage shed in 2005.

Where:

Unknown

When:

2005

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Narrator's Photo

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A photo of one of the BNSF cargo trains while stationed at the grain shuttle.

Where:

Unknown

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Unknown

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Narrator's Photo

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Slight overhead view of hauling semi's waiting in line at Johnson Grain.

Where:

Johnson Grain

When:

Unknown

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Narrator's Photo

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Overhead view of a train procession pulling into Johnson Grain filling up the numerous cars.

Where:

Johnson Grain

When:

Unknown

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Narrator's Photo

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Johnson family photo.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Unknown

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Narrator's Photo



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