Marshall County Biographies
ERSKINE W. JOHNSTON.
Erskine W. Johnston, a progressive and up-to-date young farmer of
Rock township, this county, is a native son of Marshall county and has lived
here all his life with the exception of three or four years spent in Labette
county, in the southern part of the state. He was born on a farm in Rock
township, not far from his present place of residence, January 25, 1890, son
of Henry and Laura E. Johnson, the former of whom, born in 1847, died
in April, 1905, and the latter of whom, born in 1854, is now living at Frankfort. Henry Johnston was a native of Canada and came from there to
Kansas in pioneer days. He was twice married and by his first marriage
was the father of two children, William, who lives four miles west of the
old home in Rock township, and Mrs. Janie Ward, of Westmoreland, in the
neighboring county of Pottawattomie. By his second marriage Henry Johnston was the father of three children. Mrs. Bertha McConchie, of Washington, this state: Earl B., of Westmoreland, and Erskine W.
Erskine W. Johnston was reared on the farm on which he was born
in Rock township and completed his schooling in the high school at Frankfort. He then engaged in the agricultural-implement business at Frankfort
and was thus engaged until 1911, when he went to southern Kansas and
bought a farm in Labette county, where he remained until 1915, when he sold
out there and returned to Marshall county and bought the farm on which he
is now living and where he and his family are very pleasantly and very
comfortably situated. Upon taking possession of that farm Mr. Johnson
erected a handsome modern residence and his well-kept farm plant is in
keeping with the same, the plant bearing many evidences of the up-to-date
character of the owner's methods of carrying on his farming operations.
In 1911 Erskine Johnston was united in marriage to Fay Slater,
of Frankfort, this county, daughter of H. and Catherine Slater, who came
to this state from Indiana and located at Frankfort, where Mr. Slater, who
is now living at Axtell, formerly was engaged in the laundry business. Mr.
and Mrs. Johnson have one child, a son, Clement, born on March 1, 1916.
They are members of the Methodist Episcopal church and take a proper part
in church work, as well as in the community's general social activities, and
are interested in all measures having to do with the common welfare. Mr.
Johnston is a Republican and, fraternally, is affiliated with the local lodge
of the Knights and Ladies of Security, in the affairs of which he takes a
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