Tuesday, June 15, 2010

1915 Invoice to Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, Brownville, Maine: James Wright; E. M. Johnston

Note: This post was amended on 15 December 2012 to add two images of a framed photograph of Edwin M. Johnston supplied by a reader, as noted in the comments below, and to add some family history information, and on July 17, 2022 to include information on Edwin's children.

Invoice for the rent of a hall by the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen No. 366 from January 1 to June 30, 1915 - $12.50.  Brownville, Maine, June 23, 1915.
Brownville is located in Piscataquis County.  Within Brownville is the village of Brownville Junction, an important railway junction.

Names on the invoice include James Wright, Agent; and E. M. Johnston.   I believe James Wright is the trainman, and E. M. Johnston is the lessor.

I find a James Wright in Brownville, Maine, working for the railroad.  He lists his occupation as Conductor on the 1910 and 1920 Censuses for Brownville.   He may have died sometime during the 1920s, as his wife Agnes is living with her daughter and son-in-law, Inez and husband James M. Taylor, by the enumeration of the 1930 Census for Brownville.

James and Agnes were both born in Canada in the 1860s.   They married, according to the 1900 Census, in 1891, about the time of their move to Maine.

E. M. Johnston is probably Edwin M. Johnston of Brownville, who operated a store (1880 Census), was a landlord (1900 Census) and was a member of the Maine Board of State Assessors (1910 Census and at least through the year 1914, thanks to information supplied by a reader).  

He was born at Orono, Maine, on 4 April 1845, son of Moses and Betsey L. (Snow) Johnston.  

On 27 May 1866 Edwin married "Annie", born Arianna Drew, daughter of Thomas J. Drew and his wife Dolly, Dorothy (Trundy) Drew. Edwin and Annie had three children, two of whom died young and a son Edwin, born about 1873, who raised a family of his own.  

If you have any information on James Wright or E. M. Johnston, I would love to hear from you.  

View Larger Map

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Hi,
    I have a photograph of Edwin M. Johnston, in an oak frame, with a brass plaque that is engraved "Edwin M. Johnston, Brownville 1909-1915.

  2. If you wouldn't mind photographing your framed photo of Mr. Johnston, I'll incorporate it into the post for the benefit of relatives who might happen by in the future. My email address is in the right column. Thanks for adding your comment!

  3. Consider it done.
    regards, Paul Hemen
    Hemen's Antiques
    1752 Portland Rd. (RT. 1)
    Arundel, Maine 04046

  4. E M Johnston had two other children Jennie born 1866 died 1868 and Robert born 1870 and died 1871 he and his wife and these two children are buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Orono