John White Johnston1879 - 1959 (80 years)
Name John White Johnston Born 26 Apr 1879 Whitcomb House Hotel, Rochester, New York Gender Male Died 26 Jul 1959 Canadiagua, New York buried Mount Hope cemetery, Rochester Person ID I21701 My Relatives Last Modified 16 Oct 2019
Father Thomas Slater Johnston, b. 23 Nov 1845, Firth and Stennes, Orkney c 25-12 , d. 20 Jun 1915, Rochester, Monroe, New York buried Mount Hope (Age 69 years) Relationship natural Mother Mary Ann White, b. 12 Aug 1845, Stromness, Orkney c 14-9 , d. 19 Sep 1941, Rochester, Monroe, New York buried Mount Hope (Age 96 years) Relationship natural Married 1878 Family ID F6404 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family Amy Constance Cowie Grant, b. 23 Feb 1887, Arbroath, Scotland , d. 29 Dec 1979, Bethesda, Mongomery, marylandburied Mount Hope cemetery, Rochester (Age 92 years) Married 14 Feb 1921 Children 1. Mary Grant Johnston, b. 23 Feb 1922, Rochester New York , d. 26 Jan 1970, Venice, Sarasota, Florida, USA (Age 47 years) [natural] 2. Grant White Johnston, b. 27 Mar 1925, Rochester New York , d. 18 Nov 2002, West Palm Beach, Florida (Age 77 years) [natural] Last Modified 16 Oct 2019 Family ID F7290 Group Sheet | Family Chart
- Naturalised 17-10-1892
at 1910 census at Rochester Ward 12, Monroe, New York Advertising, Department Store
10-7-1919 Passport Application address 5 Arnold Park, Rochester travelling to England, Scotland and Wales on Business on board the Caronia 9-8-1919
15-6-1923 Passport Application to visist family and Commercial Travel in the Uk
10th Sept 1923 arrived at Montreal on the "Doric" from Liverpool address 8 Arnold Street, Rochester NY
1939 Rochester City Directory at Sibert Buildings 145 St paul, Rochester Johnstons Snow White Products Artists materials and Supplies
at 1940 census at 8 Arnold Park, Rochester a Manufacturer
John White Johnston was a musical composer, author,
publisher, lecturer, inventor and manufacturer.
He was the first child of Thomas Slater Johnston and Mary Ann
White, who were born in or near Stromness, Orkney Islands,
Scotland. John White Johnston was born in Rochester, New York on
April 24, l879, in the Whitcomb House Hotel, Rochester, New York.
Later, he lived with his parents at 5 Arnold Park until he
purchased 8 Arnold Park. His sister, Elizabeth Johnston Carter,
was Gregory Carter's grandmother.
Mr. Johnston attended Monroe (Number l5) Grammer School,
Rochester High School and the Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute,
where he improved his talent in art.
In l899 he entered the Arts Department at Cornell University,
then entered Harvard University, where he played the violin for
the Pierian Sodality. He organized a Harvard University Band and
directed the Harvard University Orchestra. He also wrote the
"Stadium March", which was subsequently played by John Phillip
Sousa's Band and reproduced by the Victor Phonograph Company. In
addition to that, he had other compositions published. After
completing a year at the Harvard Law School, he completed two
years of post graduate work in l908.
John White Johnston was a friend of Franklin D. Roosevelt,
when the latter was head of Harvard's newspaper. Mr. Johnston's
son, Grant, has letters that were sent to John White Johnston from
both Mr. & Mrs. Roosevelt.
In l908 Mr. Johnston began an apprenticeship of six years
with the Sibley, Lindsay and Curr Company, of which his father was
a founder. There he did copy writing, illustrating, sign making,
printing and window displays for the direct publicity department.
In l9l5 he founded a manufacturing business, Snow White
Products, based on his own invention, and established a
publication business for the distribution of his historical
In l9l7 he volunteered for service with the New York Scottish
Infantry Regiment, but did not go into battle because the regiment
was held in New York City in reserve throughout World War I.
In l9l9 John White Johnston founded the Johnston Memorial
Pipe Band, a Scottish bagpipe band, as a memorial to his father.
In l92l he became the first President of the Monroe County Fish
and Game Protective Association. He was also very interested in
ornithology and delivered annual lectures in Rochester on the
subject of birds. In l922 he refounded the Saint Andrews Scottish
Society of Rochester. He was President of the Property Owners
Association of Arnold Park as well as the President of the Harvard
Club of Rochester and the Monroe County Sportsman's Association.
He was an honorable member of the Rochester Garden Club, where he
was a lecturer. His biography appears in the History of The
Chicago, S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., l925, Volume
III. Also, he is listed in the Rochester Blue Book
along with his sister Elizabeth Johnston Carter, his brother, Louis White
Johnston, and their father. The latter two were presidents of
Sibley, Lindsay and Curr Co.
On February l4, l92l, J.W. Johnston married Miss Constance
Grant of Arbroath, Scotland. They had a daughter, Mary Grant
Johnston, born February 23, l922, and a son Grant White Johnston,
born March 27, l925. Grant Johnston and Gregory Carter's father,
Paul E. Carter, Jr. served as primary sources of information about
John White Johnston's life.
While attending the 50th anniversary of the Battle of
Gettysburg in l9l3, John White Johnston decided to prepare lantern
slide lectures on some aspects of Gettysburg. He did intensive
research about these Gettysburg themes, Andersonville prison,
Custer's Last Stand and the United States Flag. He also collected
memorabilia connected with his research. They were placed on
exhibition at the Rochester Museum and in the three historic
buildings that he owned in Gettysburg. He was appointed
substitute lecturer of the Rochester Historical Society, and gave
numerous lectures about the previously mentioned topics. His
research and lecturing continued until the Depression, when lack
of finances forced him to discontinue these activities. At that
time he sold his historical properties in Gettysburg. On July 26, l959, he died in Canandaigua, New York. At that
time he was residing at 8 Arnold Park in Rochester, New York. He
is buried with his family in Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester.
Information regarding Mr. Johnston's genealogy is located in
a booklet that Gregory Carter donated to the Museum's library
entitled, Johnston, A Genealogy and History of the Family and
Ancestors of Thomas Slater Johnston of Firth and Stenness, Orkney,
Scotland and Rochester, New York.
It was compiled and edited by
Gregory Carter's father, Paul Epler Carter, Jr. in l992
- Naturalised 17-10-1892