From the Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), January 26, 1922, page 1:
Wanted for Forgery.
Last Thursday evening, Elmer Johnston cashed three forged checks at stores here, obtaining $55 in cash besides some goods, and made his escape before it was discovered that the checks were forged. Johnston claimed to be working for Ed Coston, and had made the check payable to himself and forged Mr. Coston’s signature to them. The Home Protective Association offered a $50.00 reward for his arrest and conviction.
Following is the description of Elmer Johnston. About 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weight about 190 pounds, ruddy complexion, blue eyes, light hair, heavy, prominent chin, small eyes, set well back in head, prominent cheek bones.
When last seen in Skidmore, was wearing dark cap, brown and white stripe union-all, brown moleskin, sheep-lined coat, and new shoes.