Biography of Charles E. Tobey
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CHARLES EDWARD TOBEY - Founder and president of the Tobey Coal Company, Mr. Tobey has devoted the whole of his business career to railroad work and the coal industry. He was born at Morris, New York, March 22, 1863, son of Albert B. and Helen (Osborne) Tobey. His father, who died about 1902, was a well known builder and Contractor of Morris. Mr. Tobey's mother, who died in the year 1887, was a native of Otsego county.

Mr. Tobey began his studie3 as a student of the Morris public schools. Later he moved to Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, and completed his education there. After his graduation from the Susquehanna High School he immediately entered the field of business by accepting a position as messenger in the motive power department of the Erie Railroad, at Susquehanna. He found railroad work very much to his liking, and devoted himself to the study of the intricate problems, which are constantly arising in the routine of railroad management, with such energy and zeal, that he made rapid progress and received frequent promotion. He spent nineteen years in the service of the railroad, leaving Susquehanna in 1885, and moving to Buffalo, and in 1889 he moved to New York City, where he was employed in the general offices of the Erie railroad. During these years Mr. Tobey acquired an unusually wide experience, and was brought into contact with many sides of life. These experiences have always been of great value to him, no less than the actual knowledge of railroading and business methods gained in the various positions of trust and importance which he held. In 1899 he received an offer from the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western railroad which he found advantageous to accept, and he consequently resigned his position with the Erie railroad, greatly to the regret of his associates and superiors. His connection with the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western railroad was destined to endure for many years. Beginning as chief clerk in the railroad's coal mining department, Mr. Tobey's unusual abilities quickly manifested themselves, and in 1900, one year later, he was appointed superintendent of the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Mines. This position he held for a period of sixteen years, until February, 1916. In the work of this position, his innate administrative sense and vigorous character made him invaluable, and he won the respect and admiration of his associates, both the officers of the company and his subordinates. In February, 1916, he became superintendent of trestles and storage plants on the entire system of the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Coal Company. This position, however, he decided to resign in order to establish an independent business. Accordingly, in September, 1916, he severed his connection with the company and founded the Tobey Coal Company, of Binghamton. Equipped as he is by training and experience, Mr. Tobey was certain to succeed in an independent venture of his own; yet his success has been even greater than might have been expected. The company is a leader in its field, and Mr. Tobey enjoys a wide reputation as a keen, thoughtful man of affairs. In all matters pertaining to the industry, his judgment is highly re9pected and his opinion valued.

Mr. Tobey holds the office of director of the Binghamton Chamber of Commerce, and is a director of the Binghamton Automobile Club. He also serves as a director of the Morris Plan Bank, of Binghamton, and the Anthracite Trust Company, of Scranton, Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Young Men's Christian Association, the Modern Woodmen of America, Scranton Lodge, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the United Commercial Travellers, a founder and member of the Commonwealth Club of New York City, and an active member of the Lackawanna Trail Association. He is a Mason, and belongs to the Royal Arcanum, of Newark, New Jersey; St. Mark's Lodge, No. 1001, Free and Accepted Masons, of Binghamton; a member of the Greenwich Club, which he has three times served as president; the Kiwanis Club, of Binghamton, which he has served as president; the Broome County Country Club; and the Broome County Sportsmen's Association.

Mr. Tobey married, in 1884, Annie E. Bartram, of Susquehanna. Mr. and Mrs. Tobey have five children: Charles B., who was born in 1885, and is now general storekeeper for the Lehigh Valley railroad, stationed at Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; Hazel D., who was born in 1887, and who is now Mrs. W. L. Fuller; Albert T., born in 1892, and is associated with his father as manager of the Tobey Coal Company; Clarence L, born in 1897, also associated with his father in business; and Anna E., born in 1905, is named for her mother, resides with her parents, and is at present attending the Binghamton High School. Mrs. Tobey and daughter attend the First Presbyterian church, of Binghamton.

From:
Binghamton and Broome County
New York
Editor in chief: William Foote Seward
Libarian for the Binghamton Public Libraey
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York and Chicago, 1924


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