Johannes Larsen was born 27 December 1867 in the merchant's
house in Langegade in Kerteminde. He was the eldest of six
siblings, four boys and two girls. He had a happy childhood with
strong family ties. Next to the merchant's house lived his
grandmother, and an uncle lived in periods with Johnannes Larsen
and his family.
Another uncle was employed by his father, and when his grandmother
was widowed. she moved ind with the Larsen family as well. In
this way, Johannes Larsen was surrounded by family throughout his
Johannes Larsen's father was both merchant and shipowner and as the
business grew bigger it required extensive traveling. Johnannes
Larsen and his siblings often joined there father on these trips,
and after the purchase of the farm Båxhult in Sweden in 1874, the
summer residence at Småland became a tradition.
Johannes Larsen got his interest in hunting and fishing from his
father. Already at age 10, he went hunting, and here he also
received his interest in nature.