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 Marcellus D Johnston

Marcellus D Johnston

New Carlisle, Clark County, Ohio, USA
Death 7 Jul 1924 (aged 73)
Springfield, Clark County, Ohio, USA
Burial Springfield, Clark County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 49449313 · View Source
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Son of John Johnston and Mary Garst.

Ohio Death Record: Marcellus D. Johnston, Birth Date 03 Mar 1851, New Carlisle, Ohio, Death Date 07 Jul 1924 Death Place Springfield, Clark, Ohio, Age 73 years 4 months 4 days, Widowed, Spouse's Name Lucy M. Johnston, Residence: 15 East Grand Ave., Springfield, Clark, Ohio, Occupation Salesman, Ferncliff Cemetery, Father John Johnston, born Clark Co., Ohio, Mother Mary Garst, born Clark Co., Ohio,

CHAPMAN BROS., CHICAGO copyright 1890 page 385

MARCELLUS D. JOHNSTON. The manufacture of cigars in these later days has become an art and a science, and there are few who have a better understanding of the business than Mr. Johnston, who inaugurated his present enterprise in September, 1888, and does a wholesale business in cigars. His experience in this business commenced in 1868 in the city of Springfield, of which he has since been a resident.

Mr. Johnston was born in New Carlisle, Clark County, this State, March 3, 1851, and is the eldest son of John and Mary (Garst) Johnston, the former of whom was born in the above-mentioned county, February 8, 1825. The paternal grandfather, James Johnston, was a manufacturer of nails, having established the factory in Springfield in 1816. The nails were all made by hand and were sold at twenty-five cents per pound. Later, he turned his attention to farming, which he followed the remainder of his life.

The mother of our subject was a native of Virginia, whence she emigrated with her parents when quite young. Her father, John Garst, spent his last days in Clark County. Mrs. Johnston died at New Carlisle, in February, 1863. The three children of the parental family were named respectively:

Wurden, who died when about two years old; Charles E., a traveling salesman for the firm of Johnston & Son; and Marcellus D., our subject. The latter was a youth of seventeen years when he came to Springfield with his parents. He obtained a good education, completing his studies by a year's attendance at Wittenberg College. Later he became a bookkeeper for the firm of Kidder, Johnston & Co., manufacturers and dealers in tobacco, acting in this capacity eight years, and was then admitted as a partner into the business.

In due time Mr. Johnson purchased the interest of Jacob Seitz in the above-mentioned firm, Mr. Seitz having succeeded Mr. Kidder, and the firm now became Johnston & Son, as at present. They transacted a wholesale tobacco business until 1888, but since that time they have done a very large jobbing business in cigars, and manufacture of the same. Their trade extends throughout Ohio, Eastern Indiana, Illinois and Chicago.

John Johnston, the father of our subject, was for twenty-eight years a merchant in New Carlisle, Clark County. Having begun business there in 1837, he sold out in 1865, and in 1868 moved to Springfield, and here became a partner of the firm of Kidder, Johnston & Co. He is also a stanch Republican and a member of the Methodist Church. He joined the Masonic Lodge in New Carlisle in 1850, and has attained to the degree of Royal Arch Mason.

The store building of Johnston & Son comprises Nos. 115 and 117, East Main Street, and they give employment to thirty men besides their traveling salesmen. The family residence is pleasantly located at No. 295, South Fountain Avenue. Mr. Johnston is a Republican in politics. He belongs to the Central Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he officiates as a Trustee, and has been Secretary of the Sunday-school for the past eight years.

The subject of this notice was married, November 25, 1875, to Miss Lucy Slack. Mrs. Johnston was born in Clark County, Ohio, in 1855, and is a daughter of Peter and Maria Slack, who were natives of England. The father is living and the mother is deceased. The five children of this union were named respectively: Harry W., Viola M., Clarence M., Mabel F. and Laura Ruth.

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