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J.W. Johnston

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 597

     whose large acreage of farming land lies in both Loramie and Cynthian townships, was born on his home farm which lies on the Washington and Dayton road in Loramie township, near Houston, O., November 22, 1872, and is a son of Thomas and a grandson of William Johnston.
     William Johnston was born in Ireland and was one of the early settlers in Loramie township where his family was reared. Thomas Johnston grew to manhood here, followed fanning all his life and died at the age of fifty-eight years and his burial was in the Houston cemetery. He was a member of the Christian church at Houston. He married Mary Jane Black, a daughter of William Black, and two children were born to them: Elizabeth, wife of J. M. Klase; and J. W.  The mother, now in her 
seventy-eighth year, still resides on her homestead. She is a very highly esteemed lady in the neighborhood and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.
     J. W. Johnston was reared in Loramie township and was educated in Loramie township, which was then known as the West Jefferson School District. He was fifteen years old when his father died and as he was the only son he had to go right to work, at farming, and, with his mother, successfully carried on the farm industries. He is progressive and enterprising in this direction and is numbered with the judicious and successful farmers of this section. The improvements on the place were made by Mrs. Johnston.
     Mr. Johnston was married to Miss Oda Flinn, who was born at Houston, O., a daughter of W. N. and Mary Ann Flinn, who now lives in Loramie township. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Johnston: Josephine, Leontine and Oda, the eldest of whom is a student in the Houston Special District. Mr. Johnston and his family are members of the Christian church. He is a republican but has never been active in political life.

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