From History of Reedsburg and the Upper Baraboo Valley, by Merton Edwin Krug, Publ. February 1929 by the author. Printed by Democrat Printing Company, Madison, Wis., Page 464
Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Johnstone. Mr. Rowen T Johnstone, son of John and Louisa (Thompson) Johnstone, was born Jan. 5, 1865, at Neosho, Dodge Co., Wis. His father, who was a prominent physician of that place was born at Kempsey, Worchestershire, England, Jan. 18, 1807. Spending his early years in his native country, he later studied medicine in Dublin College, graduating in 1832. On July 5 that year, he arrived in New York, and for the next twenty years resided in the East, where in 1849, he was ordained a minister of the Gospel in the Episcopal Faith. He was married in the East to Miss Louisa Thompson. She was born July 1, 1827 at Salem, Washington Co., N.Y. At an early date they came to Neosho, Dodge Co., Wis., where he was one of the leading doctors of his day. He never aspired to a pastorate. In 1873 his wife died, and, after his family were grown, he felt so great a desire to return to his native land, that in 1892, at the age of 85, he returned thereto. His death occurred there the next year, and he is buried in the family lot beside his parents.
Rowen T. Johnstone attended the Neosho Schools, and graduated from Oshkosh Normal. On Feb. 19, 1883, he was united in marriage to Lilia Campfield, in the town of Wellington, Monroe Co., Wis.
This lady was born May 2, 1867, in the above named place, daughter of Daniel and Barbara (Klock) Campfield. Her father, born June 11, 1821, was of Mohawk Dutch descent, as was her mother, born Feb. 9, 1826. Upon coming to Wisconsin this pioneer couple settled in Walworth County, later going to Monroe County, where they took up land on the site of the city of Sparta. Still later they moved to the town of Wellington, same county, where they spent their active years. When they retired from active labor, they returned to Sparta, where he died, Dec. 4, 1904; she, six years later, 1910.
Lilia Campfield grew up in Wellington, where she was married. After a few years spent in various places about the state, they settled in Reedsburg, where for more than thirty-two years, they were prominent citizens. Mr. Johnstone has for many years been a successful agent for the Shadvolt and Boyd Iron Co., Milwaukee. He is an active member of the Masonic and Knights of Pythias Lodges. Mrs. Johnstone was a very active member of the Pythian Sisters and Eastern Star.
To this union were born three children: Gertrude, wife of Frank B. Kemp, Atlanta, Georgia - they have one adopted daughter, Mary Jane; Mable, wife of Milton L. Woodward, Detroit - one child Virginia May; Rowen Thompson, Jr., of Pontiac, Michigan. His wife is Mildred Johnson.
Mrs. R. T. Johnstone died in July 1928.
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