Welcome to Johnson County Illinois Print


Thank you for visiting our website.

What a great place to be right now!

Johnson County has so much to offer its residents, visitors, and business community.

Located in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest in Southernmost Illinois, Johnson County is home to the regions best opportunities to live, learn, work, and play.

With all the amenities of big city living within 30 miles, there is no reason not to want to be in Johnson County, Illinois.  
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Johnson County Genealogical & Historical Society Print

Economy Variety Store of Vienna 

The Economy Variety Store was owned by Vern & Flossie Williams from the 1930's to the 1970's.  The people of Johnson County enjoyed this store and remember it well.  In 2001, Flossie Williams had this to say about the store.

"In our store we catered to the needs of the people who were mostly farmers, and we carried things that were used every day by people.  We had different departments in the store.  We had candy and an old fashioned candy case where we filled the bins each one with a different kind of candy.  We laid it out to the customers so that if children wanted by buy one piece they could, or a sack full, or mixed.  Then at Christmas or holiday seasons, when treating children, sometimes people or organizations would come in and buy a whole lot of pounds of candy.  We ordered our candy directly from the factory in Chicago - Brach's Candy.  We had at least ten separate bins and we kept a different variety in each one."

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JohnsonCountyIl.com Offers Something for Everyone Print

 Residents and visitors will benefit from this website

In a cooperative effort with the Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, The Vienna Times and Goreville Gazette has launched the only county-wide, interactive web portal. With the assistance of U of I Extension Service in Vienna, the site went live August 28, 2009.

New features are being added on a daily bases. Some of the sites unique features include:
• The opportunity for area residents to post information directly, telling their own story of Johnson County.
• Business advertising to a new market world-wide, including e-commerce opportunities.
• An economic opportunity for small businesses to have a web presence with inexpensive mini web sites or landing pages.

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The Early Days of Johnson County Print

Johnson County, Illinois was established on September 14, 1812, from Randolph County in the Illinois Territory. (By proclamation, Territorial Record of Illinois, pg. 26). At that time, Johnson County covered most of the northwest portion and all of the west and extreme southern portions of Southern Illinois. This area included the present day counties of Alexander, Hardin, Jackson, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, and Union. 

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