Fonds 172

Fonds Number: 172

Fond Name: Johnston family fonds

Creator: A. J. Johnston

Dates of Material: 1873 to 1886 principally.

Physical Description:
Papers, 1860-1887, 52 files, 6 inches, 15 cm
xxx photographs.

Scope and Contents:
The heart of the collection is in the letters, 1875-1876, written by William Johnston to his son who was pursuing a career as a pharmacist. The papers have been supplemented with strong family and genealogical research and contain documents related to Alfred J. Johnston. Most of the original letters have been xeroxed for research purposes, and the letters are also available digitally.
The photographs and original documents include an 1860 photograph of the Johnston home and tailor business on Water Street decorated for the arrival of the Prince of Wales. …..

Access Conditions:
Open to researchers.

Finding Aids:
Available on site.

Accruals:
None expected.

Custodial History:
The Johnston family papers were donated to the Trent Valley Archives by Carol Koeslag, Peterborough ON, 2007 and 2008.

Biographical Sketch/ Administrative History

William Johnston (1819-1876) was a Peterborough tailor who lived from 1846 until his death on Water Street near Hunter. He was very active in the community and served with the Conservative party, with the 57th Regiments, the Mechanics Institute, St Andrew’s Church, the Loyal Orange Lodge. A very capable writer, Johnston served in many capacities, often secretarial, in these organizations. He was, for example, secretary to the Peterborough Central Fair and the Peterborough School Board. His brother, George Johnston (1822-1885) was also a tailor, serving in later years as the Chief of Police. His son, A. J. Johnston (1851-1931), who shared many of his father’s interests, was in Manitoba from 1875 to 1885. When he returned to Peterborough he was the druggist at the Nugent Drug Company on George Street.
Three letters from this collection were published in the Heritage Gazette of the Trent Valley, vol 12, no 2 (August 2007) 18-20. The Trent Valley Archives would like to see the letters published and are now designing a project tentatively called “Peterborough in the 1870s.” The letters would be annotated and the book would have a introduction on Peterborough in the 1870s. The book would be illustrated and supported by excerpts from the newspapers in these years.
The 2008 accrual featured many papers and photographs related to the Stephens family, connected to the Johnstons by marriage, and these are filed in files 46 to 52.

Access Points:
Peterborough Mechanics Institute
James and Jane Mitchell
Samuel J. Jackson
Stonewall, Manitoba
Stephens family

File listing:

1     Johnston family
2     Flemings Philadelphia
3     Johnston family genealogical notes
4     Johnston family in town activities
5     Peterborough Review 7 February 1873 1873
6     Peterborough 24 July 1875 1875
7     Peterborough 25 September 1875 1875
8     11 October 1875 2875
9     22 October 1875 1875
10   8 November 1875 1875
11   undated fragment
12   16 March 1876 1876
13   20 March 1876 1876
14   30 March 1876 1876
15   14 April 1876 Good Friday 1876
16   21 June 1876 1876
17   7 July 1876 1876
18   24 July 1876 1876
19   9 August 1876 1876
20   21 August 1876 1876
21   28 August 1876 1876
22   19 September 1876 1876
23   9 December 1876 1876
24   Mrs Ann Evans 1860
25   Jane Mitchell 1894 includes cdv
26   James Mitchell 1864 holograph will
27   William Johnston obituary 1876 newspaper clipping, 2 letters, funeral announcement,
funeral envelope; photo of gravesite
28   Mechanics Institute resolution 1877
29   Louisa Johnston nd includes cdv
30   James Johnston 1891 news clipping
31   George Johnston 1885 xerox; Mulvany sketch
32   George Henry Johnston 1911 2 studio photos; news clipping, 1911
33   Alfred J. Johnston 1927 3 cdvs, news clipping 1927
34   Harry Theobald on history of pharmacy 1954 news clipping
35   Peterborough photos include Johnston house 1860; Union School 1870
36   Alfred J. Johnston and family includes 6 cabinet; 5 cdvs; 1 tintype; photos include
Sproule, and James Little
37   Samuel J. Jackson and Alfred J. Johnston 1880 Articles of agreement for pharmacy business
38   Sons of Temperance 1885 Certificate of recommendation
39   R. J. Forde letter of reference 1885 Stonewall, Manitoba
40   Walter Pulford’s toast to the ladies 1885 Stonewall, Manitoba oyster supper
41   Marriage William Francis Green 1887 A. J. Johnston and Grace Stephens; file includes cdv of
William F Green, attendant, and photo of his parents
42   Presbyterian Church of Canada Guest, General Assembly
43   Johnston family album 12 cdvs; 1 cabinet; 1 tintype
44   William Wallace to A. J. Johnston 1887 San Diego letter writer
45   Louisa and William Wallace 2 cabinet photos