Leander Johnston owns a good farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 8, Denver township, but has retired
from active life and is living in Hastings. He was born in Ohio just across the river from Wheeling, West Virginia,
in 1853, and is a son of John and Eleanor (Gibson) Johnston, the former a native of Ireland and the latter of Scotland.
Both parents, however, accompanied their respective parents to Ohio in childhood and there grew to manhood and
womanhood. A number of years after their marriage they removed to Illinois, but subsequently returned east, taking
up their residence in Cortland, New York, where both passed away.
Leander Johnston was but a child when the family removed to Illinois and there he received his education. After
completing the work offered in the public schools he entered the State Normal School near Bloomington and took
a course in that institution. He assisted his father with the operation of the home farm during his boyhood and
youth and continued to follow agricultural pursuits in Illinois until about 1890, when he came west to Nebraska,
purchasing land in Denver township, Adams county. He devoted his time and energy to the operation of that place
for many years and his industry was rewarded by a good financial return. About five years ago, feeling that he
had accumulated a competence, he removed to Hastings and hired a man to take charge of his farm. He owns a comfortable
residence at No. 1121 West Sixth street and has made a place for himself as a valued resident of the city. While
engaged in farming he raised both grain and stock and found both branches of his business profitable.
Mr. Johnston was married in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1887, to Miss Lena Everlv, a daughter of Nicholas and Julia Everly.
Mr. and Mrs. Johnston have become the parents of a son, Raymond L., who was born in 1892 and is now the owner of
a shoe store on Lincoln avenue in Hastings.
Mr. Johnston gives his political support to the republican party but has never sought office. He holds membership
in the Masonic order and in the Elks lodge and has sought to exemplify the spirit of fraternity in his life. He
had no capital when he began his career, but he understood farming thoroughly and this knowledge, combined with
his industry and good business judgment, enabled him to gain financial independence.
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