Ruth Elizabeth Nordstrom was born in April of 1899 in Sweden. She emigrated to the United States with her mother, Anna, in 1903. She was only 2 years old at this time. Her mother wanted Ruth to look nice to come to America so she laid her down on a feed sack and cut out a dress and sewed it for her. (Janis, Ruth's daughter, still has that dress) Ruth was confirmed in the Mission Covenant Church, Wausa NE, in 1914. She married R.E. Johnson, the local doctor, on September 24, 1923.

Ruth worked for her father in his blacksmith shop, and was also a telephone operator in Wausa. Dr. R.E. Johnson was born in Ottumwa, IA, and came to Wausa as a young man. He was a dedicated doctor delivering many babies, four sets of twins, all girls. The last seven years of his life he spent as a doctor at the Norfolk Regional Center.

They had one daughter, Janis, born November 4, 1925. She graduated from WHS in 1945 and then attended one year at Norfolk Junior College. She worked as a telephone operator in Wausa until her marriage to Warren Lingenfelter of Plainview on December 11, 1949. They moved to a farm at Plainview, NE. They had four children: Kim, Lyle, Jane and Ron.