Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Prominent among the most influential financiers of Monterey county who has always stood for every movement favorable to its improvement and advancement, is E. S. Johnston, the efficient president of the Bank of Pacific Grove, and the equally able city clerk. He was born in Poland, Ohio, December 17, 1869, the son of Simon E. and Eliza (Buck) Johnston. . His mother and brother came to California in 1889, and his father and sister followed in 1890. They located at San Felipe, but both parents have since passed away.

E. S. Johnston was educated in the district schools of his home section, and then attended the Poland Union high school and the Poland Union Seminary. When his father came to California, he took charge of the home farm, but in 1892 he, too, came to this state and soon afterward entered the San Jose Business College. Then he read law and took the bar examination, being admitted to the California bar, January 3, 1898. For three years he then practiced law in San Jose, but his brother in the meantime had located at Pacific Grove, where our subject joined him in business in 1901.

In 1908 E. S. Johnston was elected city clerk and also assessor, and has retained office ever since. He became a director in the Bank of Pacific Grove in 1909, and in August, 1914, was elected its president, which office he still holds, to the satisfaction of all who have dealings with that solid institution. In addition, he is president of the El Carmelo Cemetery Association and finds stimulating exercise in taking care of the graves of those who have no one to look after them.

Mr. Johnston is a thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason and he is a Shriner and he is a past grand of the Odd Fellows Lodge and also a past district deputy. In addition, he is a past patron of the Eastern Star, and a member of the Rebekahs.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.