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Delaware County, Iowa


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Dr. C. A. Tobie

Physician & Surgeon




     Dr. C. A. Tobie was for many years a well known and successful physician and surgeon residing in Colesburg and held the esteem of his fellow citizens to the fullest extent. He was born in Maine on the 6th of June, 1832, a son of C. C. Tobie, who was also a native of Maine. His mother passed away in the Pinetree state, and his father later removed to Kansas, where he died.

     Dr. C. A. Tobie received an excellent education and was a graduate of the medical department of the State University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in the class of 1859. The year following he came to Colesburg and located for the practice of his profession. He found the town so much to his liking and his practice grew to such gratifying proportions that he never went elsewhere, remaining here until his death. He never ceased to be a student of the science of medicine and throughout his years of practice kept informed as to the most advanced thought in the medical world, seeking always to give his patients the benefit of the newest discoveries and the most approved methods. He was also a man of wide general knowledge and his council was sought upon many matters of public concern.

      On the 17th of October, 1861, Dr. Tobie was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Viletta Admire, of Colesburg, and to this union three children were born: Margaret, deceased; H. A., a practicing physician of Earlville; and one who died in infancy. Mrs. Tobie passed away on the 14th of December, 1892, and the Doctor subsequently married Miss Clay Amelia Smith, a native of Pennsylvania and a daughter of Jacob H. and Rose Anna Smithe, who were also born in Pennsylvania. She accompanied her parents to Iowa in 1856, and the family first located in Dubuque county, but after three years spent there removed to Delaware county, settling in Colesburg. Mr. Smith worked at the cabinetmaker's trade for a number of years, but subsequently purchased a farm in Colony township and removed upon it. Both he and his wife died in that township. Mrs. Tobie was one of a family of eight children, three of whom are now living, and she was reared and educated in Colesburg.

      The Doctor was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and Mrs. Tobie belongs to the Congregational church. Fraternally he was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and was popular in that organization. His death, which occurred March 21, 1908, was sincerely mourned by many, and he was laid to rest in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Tobie owns a comfortable residence in Colesburg, where she resides, and she is highly esteemed by all who know her.  



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 402-403.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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