C. B. JOHNSTON AND BROTHER, general merchants of Peterboro, hold high rank among the rising young men of this county, being already valued factors of the mercantile industries of their native town, giving promise of attaining still greater success in the near future. Clarence B. Johnston, the senior member of the firm, was born in Smithfield, June
11, 1872; and Marshall Johnston, the junior partner, was born in the same town, August 15, 1874. Both brothers were reared and educated in the town of Smithfield, living on the home farm and attending the district schools, where they received a good common-school education. They were active, wide-awake, energetic boys, and endowed with good business talents.
When old enough to begin life on his own account, Clarence secured employment in the store of I. O. Wright, of Peterboro. He proved a most competent and faithful clerk, discharging his duties ably, and during the two years he remained there obtained a clear insight into the business. On March 1, 1893, he formed a partnership with his brother Marshall, under their present firm name, and, buying the stock and fixtures of Mr. Woodbury, opened a store for general merchandise. They carry a stock valued at from five thousand to six thousand dollars, have a large and steadily increasing trade, and are classed among the reliable business firms of this vicinity. They are young men of exceptionally good habits, courteous and genial in their manners, and frank and honest in their dealings with all. In politics they are steadfast Republicans.
Among the pioneers of Smithfield the name of Johnston holds an honorable place, the grandparents of our subjects having been among the original settlers of the town, and having aided materially in the development and growth of this section of the country. The parents of our subjects, Marshall and Adelia Johnston, were natives of this county, born in Smithfield. The father was a prosperous farmer and stock-raiser, owning a good homestead in the town, on which he spent his last years, dying in 1874. Mrs. Johnston, surviving her husband for several years, managed the home farm, rearing and educating her two sons. Both she and her husband were regular attendants of the Methodist Episcopal church In politics Marshall Johnston was a Republican.
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