Page 243, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




EDMUND H. TOBEY—One of the leading farmers and stock men of Allen County is Edmund H. Tobey, County Commissioner. He has resided within the confines of the State more than thirty years and in that time has established a reputation for industry, thrift and personal integrity. He was born in Duchess County, New York, August 30, 1837, and is a son of Albert Tobey, who was born in the year 1800 in the State of Connecticut and his mother, nee Emily Howes, was born in Sullivan County, New York. Of their family of four children Edmund H. was the youngest. The latter was married in 1859 to Miss M. L. Card, whose people came originally from Columbia County, New York.

Mr. Tobey came to the Sunflower State without means and went to work. His remarkable energy and tenacity coupled with the qualities already enumerated have won him a high place among the substantial men of the county. He has accumulated land by the section and his herds of fat and stock cattle feed over his domains year in and year out. As a shipper he is known extensively and his place is a market for acres of his neighbors' surplus corn.

Mr. Tobey has comported himself in a manner to win the confidence, social and political, of his fellow citizens. Although he has been a pronounced Republican in politics his friends of the opposition have not failed to endorse his candidacy or aid his aspirations for public office. In 1900 he was nominated by the Republican County Convention for Commissioner of the Second district and he was elected by a majority complimentary to him as a citizen and satisfactory to his party.

"Maple Avenue," his home, is a product of Mr. Tobey's own ingenuity and taste. It lies one and a half miles south of LaHarpe and comprises his residence, barns and grounds adjacent. It is one of the most conspicuous places on the drive crossing Elm Creek and is of a character highly creditable to the substantial development of Allen County.

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