Peter Johnstone was born on March 13, 1883 in Scotland. As his obituary states, his first place of employment was on a farm near Eagle. He became a part of the police department in 1910, and in 1914 was promoted to captain of detectives.
Even as chief of police, Johnstone was out on the streets making numerous arrests.
He was even the republican candidate for sheriff in 1922.
An article about Johnstone appeared in the Lincoln Sunday Star on September 21, 1930.
Headline: Johnstone Hits Police Criticism
Byline: Chief Urges Need for Motor Equipment; Alarm System. Says Informant Failed Give Necessary Information
Objecting to criticisms of the Lincoln police forced voiced since the hold-up of the Lincoln National Bank and Trust Co. Wednesday and calling attention to efforts he has made to secure adequate police equipment, Chief of Police Johnstone directed a letter Saturday to Commissioner of Public Safety Foster. The chief defended actions of the police on the grounds that if telephone informants had told that a bank robbery was in progress officers could have gone prepared.
Obituary in the Lincoln Journal Star on April 28, 1958
Headline: Ex-Police Chief Dies
Byline: Peter Johnstone Succumbs at 75
Peter Johnstone, 75, former Lincoln chief of police, died in Kansas City, Mo, Sunday.
Born in Scotland on March 13, 1883, Mr. Johnstone came to America in 1906. He was first employed on a farm near Eagle.
After working at various occupations for 4 years, he became a member of the city police department. He became captain of detectives in 1914.
Mr. Johnstone was chief of police when the $2.8 million robbery of the Lincoln National Bank and Trust Co. occurred on Sept 17, 1930.
He had been named acting chief of police in 1918 and served as chief until 1930. Following the robbery he became a guard at the First Trust Company.
Mr. Johnstone was a member of the International Assn. of Police Chiefs, director of the Boy Scout organization, member of the Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis. He was a 32rd degree Scottish rite Mason, Shriner, and a member of the Second Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include daughters, Mrs. Fredrick Steurtz of York and Mrs. Jack Lindley of Kansas City, Mo; a son, James F. of Lincoln; 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.