Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Do you know the Johnston brothers?

Do you know the Johnston brothers?

We have what looks like three brothers that we are trying to identify. Feel free to chime in with any information you have. Here is what we have been able to determine based on our research. The family consisted of Ollie the father, Helda the mother, and three sons; Earnest, Harry, and Floyd. We do have a few photos on hand that show one or more of the brothers together. So if you can help us identify them, please let us know.

Ollie Johnston

Ollie is listed as the head of household in both the 1910 and the 1920 census. In 1910, the family lived in Kearney, Buffalo County, Nebraska. In 1920 the family lived in the Dewey Precinct of Scottsbluff, Nebraska. He was listed as a "laborer" and was born around 1883 in Missouri. Both of his parents were born in Missouri.

Helda (or Hulda) Johnston

Helda (or Hulda) was listed as the wife in both census records. She was born around 1886 in Nebraska. Both of her parents were born in Sweden.

Earnest (or Earnest) Johnston

Earnest (or Ernest) was born around 1909 in Nebraska.

Harry Johnston

Harry was born around October 1915 in Nebraska.

Floyd Johnston

Floyd was born around January 1918 in Nebraska.

1910 Census

1920 Census

Side by Side comparison of Harry Johnston (could also be Earnest or both Harry and Earnest)

Earnest and Harry Johnston (if names are correct, would be circa 1915-1916)

Close-up of faces

Butcher Photo, Kearney, Nebr. detail

Reverse of photo showing names and "28 st 9 ave" address in Kearney

Floyd and Harry Johnston (if names are correct, circa October 1918)

Close-up of faces

Reverse of photo showing ages (Harry 2 years and 11 months, Floyd 9 months)

Harry Johnston age 23 months (if name is correct, circa 1917)

Detail of face

One of these is labeled as Earnest Johnston

- 1910 United States Federal Census.
- 1920 United States Federal Census.
- Numerous facts were gathered from the private Richard Family Estate collection. These facts span numerous sources of information and contain genealogical data, photos, and newspaper articles.

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