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Tobin Family


Tobin Brothers 
FRONT: left to right: James, David, Patrick (the P.H.-Patrick Henry Tobin, biographical sketch below on this page) 
 BACK: left to right Dennis, William George (George is my husband's grandfather). All were born in Plattsburg MO
This photo of the six railroading sons of Patrick Tobin (an Irish immigrant) was taken at the home of their sister Mary Frances Tobin Downey in St. Joseph Missiouri. The date is unknown but the writing on the back says "possibly around 1914". 

Tobins buried in the Fairview Cemetery, Denison, Texas
"P.H. Tobin is Patrick Henry Tobin ... is my husband's great grandfather.
Jessie C. Tobin (maiden name Cameron) 1859-1935 is his wife.
J. C. Tobin is James C. Tobin 1888-1930, their son
Margaret 1899-1966 is their daughter- she apparently never married
J.A. Tobin 1900-1900 (sex unknow) I presume to be a baby who died at birth
They had another daughter Mary, who married a Mr. Williams  and is not buried here
James 1858-1945 is the brother of P.H.Tobin
Belle A (maiden name unknown) 1874-1937 is the wife of James
They had three children but have not found much about them. "


From the book History of Texas and Texans, by Francis White Johnson and Ernest William Winkler 1914

 PATRICK HENRY T0BIN. In the year 1872, Patrick Henry Tobin took up his residence in Denison, and here he has since been identified with the business activities of the city in a creditable manner and withal, most successfully. He is now manager and treasurer of the Denison Crystal Ice Company, though previous to his association with this company, in 1894, he was otherwise identified with various business enterprises.

Mr. Tobin was born on March 22, 1851, in West Rutland, Vermont, and is a son of Patrick and Margaret (Morrissey) Tobin. The father came from Ireland when but a boy and first located in Canada. He came over into Vermont in early manhood, later moving to Kentucky and still later to Missouri, where in Clinton County he was engaged in farming activities for a number of years. He died in 1889 in his Clinton County home in Missouri.

Nine children were born to Patrick and Margaret Tobin,?seven sons and two daughters, and Patrick Henry Tobin of this review was the eldest of the family. As a small boy during the war period and as a youth during the years of reconstruction, Patrick Henry Tobin did not grow up in a time when the youth of his station received any great advantages. He had practically no education, and what he knows of books he has learned since coming to manhood. His first real work in life was Railroads, and after he had served the usual apprenticeship as a fireman and machinist, he was promoted to the post of engineer, and he was employed in that capacity as one among the first men to run into Denison over the M. K. & T. Railroad, making his initial trip on December 25, 1872. He remained in the employ of the M. K. & T. R. B. until 1882, at which time he went to Old Mexico, in the employ of the National Mexican Railroad
as master mechanic, and he was there employed in that capacity for ten years. In October, 1890, he returned to Denison and here became interested in the cotton business. He later transferred his interest to the ice business, and, as has already been stated, he is now {1914} manager and treasurer of the Denison Crystal Ice Company at Denison, Texas, his other interests being the presidency of The Durant Ice & Light Co., at Durant, Oklahoma.

Always an active and energetic man, Mr. Tobin has not enjoyed a vacation since he became established here in business and he is now endeavoring to arrange his affairs so that he will be able to retire from his present position and take a long needed vacation from his duties. The business under his management has taken on surprising proportions, and the Denison plant has a daily capacity of 100 tons, while that of the Durant plant is about 50 tons daily. Mr. Tobin is not tied hard and fast to any particular political faction, but when he votes he considers the man and the office and is guided by his unbiased judgment. He has given service to the city as a councilman and was president of the city council for a number of years, proving the quality of his citizenship in no uncertain terms during that time. He also gave worthy service as a member of the school board for some years, and was a member of the Board of Regents of the Agricultural and Mechanical College at Bryan, for six years. He is an executive member of the Chamber of Commerce, and fraternally is identified with the Knights of Pythias, as well as being an honorary member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. He is a member of the Catholic church. On October 31, 1879, Mr. Tobin was married at Denison to Miss Jessie Cameron, a daughter of John Cameron, for some years engaged in the hotel business in Denison as proprietor of the Cameron House, one of the first hotels in the city. Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Tobin. Mary, born in Denison, Texas, is the wife of a Mr. George Williams, a mail agent. Miss Margaret, born in Toluca, capital of the state of Old Mexico, lives at home, and James C. Tobin, born in the city of Old Mexico, is associated with his father. The family is one possessing a generous mixture of Celtic blood, and it is a fact in which they have a considerable pride, though they regard their American citizenship as a matter of premier consideration. The family has been residents of Denison since 1890. Though he has been a visitor or resident in no less than twenty-eight states in the Union, Mr. Tobin declares stanchly for Texas, and is well content to maintain his residence here for the remainder of his days. Two brothers also reside in this state. David lives at Fort Worth, and is there employed as a conductor on the T. P. B. B., and Dennis Tobin is located at Whitesboro, where he is in the service of the M. K. & T. R. R. as an engineer. 

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