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John Wallace "Sheriff" Tobin
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Birth: Jun. 27, 1867
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA
Death: Nov. 10, 1927
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA

Mr. Tobin served as San Antonio's mayor from June 1923 until his death in November 1927. John Tobin was a descendant of San Antonio's original Canary Island settlers. His Grandmother was Maria de Jesus Curbelo a Canary Island Descendant who married John W. Smith. John Smith fought in the Texas revolution, was the city's first mayor under the Republic of Texas, and served in the first Texas congress. John Tobin first served as Bexar County sheriff for 21 years. He was then elected mayor shortly after the devastating 1921 flood and therefore understood the importance of flood control. Tobin was instrumental in building the Olmos Dam and widening Martinez and Alazan Creeks.
Under his administration, the City greatly expanded its parks and recreation system and also built the Municipal Auditorium.
The center's location on Alazan Creek and its importance as a recreation facility are fitting tributes to Tobin's work. Thirty years after it was constructed, the City Council approved a contract to enlarge and renovate Tobin Recreation Center. It was rededicated on November 17, 1979.

Extracted in part from:
History of Tobin Park, City of San Antonio, Parks and Recreation See also:
Fred Chabot 'With the Makers of San Antonio' (1937) 'San Antonio Mayors list' by: The city of San Antonio (Texas)

"Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973"
Name: John W. Tobin
Spouse's Name: Minnie Thornton
Event Date: 14 Aug 1906
Event Place: Bexar, Texas
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M75205-3
System Origin: Texas-EASy
GS Film number: 24930
Reference ID: vol U p 313 cn 24049
Family links: 
  William Gerard Tobin (1833 - 1884)
  Josephine Augusta Smith Tobin (1836 - 1908)
  Minnie Thornton Tobin (1884 - 1966)
  Katherine Tobin (1907 - 1918)*
  Zelime Susan Tobin Fraser (1855 - 1911)*
  Annie Tobin Burroughs (1857 - 1925)*
  Mary Ellen Tobin Vance (1860 - 1917)*
  Agnes Tobin Bell (1861 - 1930)*
  Ella Tobin Carr (1863 - 1918)*
  William Gerard Tobin (1865 - 1925)*
  John Wallace Tobin (1867 - 1927)
  Josephine Tobin Rote (1868 - 1931)*
  Charles Milton Tobin (1871 - 1933)*
  Lucie Tobin Thornton (1875 - 1937)*
*Calculated relationship
City Cemetery #1
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA
Created by: Carol
Record added: Nov 06, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31171338
John Wallace Sheriff Tobin
Added by: Daniel Gabehart
John Wallace Sheriff Tobin
Added by: Daniel Gabehart
John Wallace Sheriff Tobin
Added by: Carol
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 Added: Dec. 27, 2011

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