|Birth: ||Oct. 19, 1872|
CHARLES A. TOLL.
Charles A. Toll needs no introduction to the readers of this volume for he is a representative of one of the pioneer families of the county. His birth occurred in Jefferson township, about a mile south of the farm on which he now lives, October 19, 1872, and he is the third in a family of eight children born of the marriage of Frederick and Jane Toll, of whom mention is made elsewhere in this volume. His youthful days were spent under the parental roof and in retrospect one can see him as he trudges off to school, a farm boy, to master the branches of learning taught in the district. He was continually learning, too, as he tramped
through the fields — learning lessons taught in the school of experience — and he is today a well informed man. He has always been content to follow the occupation to which he was reared — that of farming — which George Washington said: "Is the most useful as well as the most honorable occupation of man."
Mr. Toll remained with his parents up to the time of his
marriage and then purchased his present property, known as the William Marlow farm, becoming the owner at that time of two hundred and forty acres. He has since added an eighty acre tract, so that he now has three hundred and twenty acres lying on sections 4 and 9, Jefferson township, together with a six acre tract of timber land on section 28, and twenty-seven acres adjoining the fair grounds in Allison. He has made many substantial improvements upon his home place, which is one of the best equipped farms in the district. In 1912 he built a large barn forty-four by
sixty-six feet with twenty foot posts and a hip roof. It has concrete flooring and is a model stock barn fully equipped with everything to promote the care of the stock. All of the other outbuildings upon the place are good and are kept in a state of excellent repair. Most of these were erected by Mr. Toll, who carries on his farming along scientific lines, while at the same time he is familiar with all of the practical phases of the business. He raises high-grade stock of all kinds and engages in breeding horses, keeping a fine stallion. He also feeds about two carloads of cattle each year and from two to three carloads of hogs annually. In
addition he is a stockholder in the Farmers Cooperative Creamery Company of Allison, in the Farmers Cooperative Elevator Company of Allison, in the Allison Opera House and in two local telephone lines. His investments have been judiciously made and have brought to him a very gratifying financial return. In addition to his other interests Mr. Toll is a stockholder in the County Fair Association and acted as superintendent of the horse department in 1913. In 1910 he set out upon his place an acre of catalpa trees which is today called the best grove in the state.
On the 29th of April, 1897, Mr. Toll was married to Miss Clara M. Fellows, who was born in Jefferson township February 6, 1873, and is a daughter of Arthur and Catharine (North) Fellows. Our subject and his wife now have two children, Lois and Esther. Mr. Toll votes with the republican party and keeps well informed on the vital questions of the day. He has served as a township trustee but prefers to concentrate his efforts upon his business affairs. He belongs to the Lutheran church and his wife to the Congregational church, and they are both people of sterling worth, enjoying in full measure the regard and esteem of all with whom they have come in contact. Within recent years Mr. Toll has become well known in business and financial circles, and at all times his record has been characterized by constructive measures. He has never been known to take advantage of the necessities of another
in business transactions, his enterprise and energy being the foundation of his well known prosperity.
Fred Toll (1839 - 1917)
Jane Borchers Toll (1851 - 1917)
Clara M. Fellows Toll (1873 - 1962)
Maintained by: James Tomlinson
Originally Created by: Thelma Jane Dorsey
Record added: Jul 06, 2004
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