271. RICHARD FRANKLIN "FRANK"5 JOHNSTON (JAMES GREGORY4, JAMES FRANKLIN3, GEORGE GREGORY ("G.G." OR "GREG")2, LEWIS1) (#1009) was born in Bell County, Texas ,February 3, 1902. RICHARD died March 25, 1960 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, at 58 years of age. His body was interred in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas (probably).
He married ERMA LEE MEDLIN Waco, McClennan County, Texas, July 1, 1927. (ERMA LEE MEDLIN is #1740.) ERMA was born July 3, 1907. ERMA died in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas (probably).
Notes: For whatever it's worth (which is nothing), I credit Richard Franklin "Frank" Johnston for the invention of the self-propelled R.V. Frank's father was paralyzed from the waist down, and confined to a wheel chair. This condition was the result of an accident while driving a freight wagon and team in 1917. In the summer of 1933, Frank's dad, James Gregory, having lost his beloved wife two years previously, decided he wanted to visit his home and family in Randolph County, Arkansas, once more before he died. Frank agreed to arrange it. Frank's sister, Nell, bought a truck. On the bed of the truck, Frank constructed a "truck-house." It was large enough to accommodate his father's bed, his wheel chair, and the other things needed to make his father comfortable. Frank's nephew, R.V.Johnston, who was 19 at the time, joined him for the trip. Together, they loaded up James Gregory and took him to Arkansas and Missouri quite comfortably. Frank's ingenuity had created the earliest R.V. that I have ever heard of.
RICHARD FRANKLIN "FRANK" JOHNSTON and ERMA LEE MEDLIN had the following family:
+ 457 i. BILLY WAYNE6 JOHNSTON was born August 2, 1929.
+ 458 ii. RICHARD F. "DICK" JOHNSTON Jr. was born September 11, 1932.
+ 459 iii. DONALD LEROY JOHNSTON was born September 13, 1934.
+ 460 iv. JACK RONALD JOHNSTON was born December 22, 1935.
461 v. BOBBY DAN JOHNSTON (#1776) was born in Waco, McClennan County, Texas, December 23, 1937. He married SHARON E. HEATH May 24, 1967. (SHARON E. HEATH is #1777.) SHARON was born November 1, 1935 in Warren, Pennsylvania.
462 vi. MARY LUNELL JOHNSTON (#1778) was born San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, September 18, 1942. She married CHARLES LEE LAMANCE (probably) in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, February 21, 1973. (CHARLES LEE LAMANCE is #1779.) CHARLES was born August 2, 1938.
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