Solano County

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Edward L. Johnston, a well known and substantial contractor in cement construction at Vallejo, is a native son of California and all his life has been spent in this state. He was born at Eureka in Humboldt county on January 11, 1883, and is a son of Edgar and Frances (Randall) Johnston. Edgar Johnston, who was lost to the knowledge of his family following his arrival in Alaska during the time of the "gold rush" into the Klondike country in the late '90s, was a native of Missouri who had come to California with his parents in 1863, the family settling in the Bald Hills district in the neighborhood of Trinidad in Humboldt county. Two of his uncles had come to this state in 1859. He became engaged in sheep raising in Humboldt county and after awhile became engaged in business at Eureka. When news came of the gold strike in the Klondike country he joined the rush into the new mining fields and apparently there was lost, for the family has had no knowledge of his whereabouts since that time. The family later made their home in Alameda county and Edward L. Johnston finished his schooling in the Union high school at Centerville in this latter county.

In 1901, when eighteen years of age, Edward L. Johnston began his life's labors as a worker in cement and it was not long until he had become thoroughly proficient in this line, a line which thus has engaged his attention for nearly a quarter of a century. In June, 1916, he came to Vallejo as an operative on a contract being then and there carried out by the Coast Improvement Company and while thus employed found conditions here so much to his liking that he became a permanent resident of the place. In 1918 Mr. Johnston entered business for himself as a general cement contractor and has since been thus engaged, one of the leading contractors along this line in this section of the state. He is well equipped for operations along this line and much of the heavy construction work done here since he became engaged in business has been done by him, in addition to his work on alleys and sidewalks, miles of the latter having been laid under his direction.

Mr. Johnston married Miss Gladys Thirlwell who was born in Nevada but who has been a resident of California since the days of her childhood, her parents having moved into this state with their family when she was two years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Johnston are republicans and take a proper interest in the general civic affairs of the community in which they live. Mr. Johnston is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He finds his chief diversion in hunting and is an enthusiastic member of the Vallejo Gun Club.

History of Solano County, California By Marguerite Hunt and Napa County, California By Harry Lawrence Gunn. From Their Earliest Settlement To The Present Time. Chicago. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1926. 883 pages.

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