Biography of Thomas Johnston
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Thomas Johnston. As acting postmaster of Monroeville, Thomas Johnston is widely and favorably known throughout Huron County, where he has spent his entire life. He was born in Townsend Township, the son of Hon. W. D. and Carrie (Walker) Johnston.

Hon. W. D. Johnston, who served as a member of the Ohio State Legislature in 1885, was a widely known Republican of Huron County. He also served a number of years as a member of the Huron County board of deputy state supervisors of election. Mr. Johnston was born in Western Pennsylvania in 1844. As a young man he came to Ohio and settled at Collins, in Huron County, where he spent many years as the proprietor of a general mercantile establishment. At the organization of the Huron County Banking Company, of Norwalk, he became a director, and in 1891 was elected president of the institution, in which capacity he served until his death, Aug. 30, 1912. Mr. Johnston was affiliated with the Masonic Lodge. His wife died in 1907 and is buried in Norwalk. She was also a native of Butler, Pa. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Johnston: Robert D., lives in New York City; Mary C., married Carl W. Pierce, lives at Cleveland; Thomas H., the subject of this sketch; Emma, married Dr. W. F. Spies, lives in New York City; and Margaret L., married Pete Trance, lives at Allentown, Pa.

Thomas Johnston received his education in the public schools of Townsend and taught school for one year in the township schools after his graduation from high school in 1896. He also attended Oberlin Business College, and for a time was connected with his father's business establishment at Collins. He then clerked in hardware stores in Buffalo, N. Y., and Cleveland, Ohio, but returned to Collins in 1910, where he became the proprietor of a general store, which he successfully conducted until 1925. During that time he was also a director of the Berlin Heights Bank. Mr. Johnston then went to New York City, where he was identified with the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company. He conducted a general insurance business at Monroeville from 1926 until Dec. 1, 1930, at which time he was appointed acting postmaster.

Mr. Johnston was married in 1917 to Miss Edith Lepley, a native of Ohio, the daughter of William Lepley, who is deceased. They are the parents of two sons: Thomas Frederick and Robert J.

Mr. Johnston is a Republican and belongs to East Townsend Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 327.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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