Archive for Thursday, December 6, 2007

Society honors author with award

December 6, 2007

A Leavenworth County writer who has chronicled area history in his works is the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Leavenworth County Historical Society.

The society presented the award to Johnny Johnston on Nov. 16.

Johnston, a lifelong resident of Leavenworth, began writing during the 1976 U.S. bicentennial with his book, "Leavenworth: Beginning to Bicentennial." Johnston started his second career in book publishing in 1990 after spending 37 years in the daily newspaper field. Since 1976 he has compiled and written 10 books on Leavenworth history. Some of these include: "The Leavenworth Register: A collection of Historically & Architecturally Significant Residences of Leavenworth, Kansas, Fort Leavenworth and Vicinity"; "They Came This Way; Tales of Old Leavenworth" and "Leaven-worth Penitentiary: A History of America's Oldest Federal Prison."

Johnston has also encouraged, produced and assisted many others to publish the history of Leavenworth, World War II and numerous other books, pamphlets, booklets and calendars.

His wife, Annie Johnston, calls him "Mr. Timex" despite his having had heart bypass surgery, bone cancer, a pacemaker and diabetes.

Johnston, who broke his arm in October, is currently bedfast, with a good appetite, and a wonderful sense of humor. His pain is controlled by medication, and he is under the care of Catholic Community Hospice.

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