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John White Johnston

John White Johnston

Male 1879 - 1959  (80 years)

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  • Name John White Johnston 
    Born 26 Apr 1879  Whitcomb House Hotel, Rochester, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Jul 1959  Canadiagua, New York buried Mount Hope cemetery, Rochester Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I21701  My Relatives
    Last Modified 22 Jun 2020 

    Father Thomas Slater Johnston,   b. 23 Nov 1845, Firth and Stennes, Orkney c 25-12 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jun 1915, Rochester, Monroe, New York buried Mount Hope Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary Ann White,   b. 12 Aug 1845, Stromness, Orkney c 14-9 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1941, Rochester, Monroe, New York buried Mount Hope Find all individuals with events at this location  (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 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1979, Bethesda, Mongomery, marylandburied Mount Hope cemetery, Rochester Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 14 Feb 1921 
     1. Mary Grant Johnston,   b. 23 Feb 1922, Rochester New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1970, Venice, Sarasota, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)  [natural]
     2. Grant White Johnston,   b. 27 Mar 1925, Rochester New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 2002, West Palm Beach, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 22 Jun 2020 
    Family ID F7290  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • 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
      Genesee Country,
      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