World War Two
The U.S. Army planned to station troops in Johnstown when they entered the war. Johnstown Lodge was requistioned for this purpose and converted in to billets. Unfortunately, the work attracted the attention of pro-Axis Republicans who burned the house to the ground.
This photograph shows Mary Jane Swindle (nee Irwin) and her daughters standing in front of the charred ruins. The Swindle family lived in a gatehouse at the entrance to the grounds.