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Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa
Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887

PROF. THOMAS F. TOBIN, A. M., principal and proprietor of Tilford Collegiate Academy at Vinton, is a native of Oswego, N. Y., and was born March 22, 1857. He is a son of Richard Tobin, a native of Ireland, who emigrated to the United States in 1846 or 1847. Locating in Oswego City he worked in a starch factory for the maintenance of his family. He took just pride in giving his children a good education, and labored hard and incessantly that his desire might be accomplished. Our subject's mother was Catherine (Daily) Tobin, and the parents were united in marriage in this country in 1855. They had six children, one of whom died in infancy. The remaining are Thomas F.; John, engaged in the plumbing business at Oswego; P. H., a manufacturer at Oswego; M. J., a student at Cornell College, Iowa, and P. D.

Prof. Tobin attended Cornell College, matriculating there in the spring of 1879, and after following the curriculum of that institution, graduated therefrom with honors in 1882. In the spring of 1883 he was employed as principal of the schools at Vinton, which he has conducted with credit to himself and entire satisfaction to the citizens until the present time. He is a gentleman who does not aspire to office, and is greatly interested in the work in which he is engaged, and to attain success, permits no moments to pass in idleness, but is a constant student, searching whenever opportunity will permit, for knowledge and methods calculated to advance the interests of the schools over which he may have charge.

Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies"  [database online]  Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 320-321.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on February 13th, 2009.  Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.

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