Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901

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George L. Toms

GEORGE L. TOMS, a successful farmer and coal operator, living in section 26, Oswego township, Labette county, Kansas, is a gentleman of sound principles and strict integrity. He was born in Montgomery county, Ohio, in 1866, and is a son of Abner J. and Eleanor (Weaver) Toms.

Abner J. Toms was a native of Maryland, where he was reared and mentally trained. After his marriage, he located in Montgomery county, Ohio, where he remained until 1876. He then moved to Bates county, Missouri, and in 1882 to Longton, Elk county, Kansas, where he died at the age of sixty-nine years. His wife still resides in Longton. They reared the following offspring, namely: Mary L.; Laura B., deceased; Lizzie; Emanuel; Frank; John; George L.; and Charles.

George L. Toms moved with his parents to Kansas, when they located in Elk county, in 1882. He followed farming in that county until 1889, when he went to Arkansas City, Cowley county, and engaged in the hay, grain and coal business. This business he followed for four years, and then returned to farming and cattle raising. In 1900, he moved from Elk county to Labette county, and located on, a farm in section 26, Oswego township, where he is now engaged in farming and operating a coal bank. During 1901 Mr. Toms expects to take out 20,000 bushels of coal. He has been quite successful, and is considered a very good farmer. During his short residence in the county he has won many friends through his genial manners and his upright dealing with all.

Mr. Toms was united in marriage with Etta B. Freeman, in 1887, and they have been blessed with five children, namely: Grace; Ray and Ruth, who are twins; Clara; and Levi. Mr. Toms is a member of the A. 0. U. W. lodge. Politically, he is a Republican.