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Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (J)
Johnston, John

I live in a region of New York State called the Finger Lakes which is not unlike Scotland as it has rounded hills and 11 long, finger-shaped lakes. I was looking in a book called The Finger Lakes by John Francis McCarthy (Skyline Press, Toronto, 1984) and found the following.

"In 1835 Scottish immigrant John Johnston introduced a method of draining agricultural lands by burying ceramic tile. Johnston was also a pioneer in such practices as the use of lime and plaster, the surface application of manure, the purchase of oil feed for cattle and sheep, and the early cultivation of hay."

Thanks to Ronda Roaring for this information.

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