EDWARD L. JOHNSTON.
Edward L. Johnston, a well known and substantial contractor in cement construction at Vallejo, is a native son
of California and all his life has been spent in this state. He was born at Eureka in Humboldt county on January
11, 1883, and is a son of Edgar and Frances (Randall) Johnston. Edgar Johnston, who was lost to the knowledge of
his family following his arrival in Alaska during the time of the "gold rush" into the Klondike country
in the late '90s, was a native of Missouri who had come to California with his parents in 1863, the family settling
in the Bald Hills district in the neighborhood of Trinidad in Humboldt county. Two of his uncles had come to this
state in 1859. He became engaged in sheep raising in Humboldt county and after awhile became engaged in business
at Eureka. When news came of the gold strike in the Klondike country he joined the rush into the new mining fields
and apparently there was lost, for the family has had no knowledge of his whereabouts since that time. The family
later made their home in Alameda county and Edward L. Johnston finished his schooling in the Union high school
at Centerville in this latter county.
In 1901, when eighteen years of age, Edward L. Johnston began his life's labors as a worker in cement and it was
not long until he had become thoroughly proficient in this line, a line which thus has engaged his attention for
nearly a quarter of a century. In June, 1916, he came to Vallejo as an operative on a contract being then and there
carried out by the Coast Improvement Company and while thus employed found conditions here so much to his liking
that he became a permanent resident of the place. In 1918 Mr. Johnston entered business for himself as a general
cement contractor and has since been thus engaged, one of the leading contractors along this line in this section
of the state. He is well equipped for operations along this line and much of the heavy construction work done here
since he became engaged in business has been done by him, in addition to his work on alleys and sidewalks, miles
of the latter having been laid under his direction.
Mr. Johnston married Miss Gladys Thirlwell who was born in Nevada but who has been a resident of California since
the days of her childhood, her parents having moved into this state with their family when she was two years of
age. Mr. and Mrs. Johnston are republicans and take a proper interest in the general civic affairs of the community
in which they live. Mr. Johnston is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He finds his chief diversion
in hunting and is an enthusiastic member of the Vallejo Gun Club.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Solano County, CA
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