WILLIAM E. TOBIAS, superintendent of the public schools of Clearfield county, Pa., is a man especially well
qualified for this important office and is widely known in the educational field. He was born in Clearfield county,
Pa., November 8, 1866, and is a son of Samuel and Eliza (Erhard) Tobias. Samuel Tobias was also a native of Clearfield
county and was well known. He followed the carpenter's trade in this section and was concerned in the erection
of many substantial buildings. His death occurred in 1909. He married Eliza Erhard and nine children were born
William E. Tobias attended the common and high schools near his father's residence and later entered the Central
Normal School at Lock Haven, where he was graduated in 1889. Later he entered Allegheny College, from which he
graduated with honors in 1897. Shortly afterward he entered upon what has since been his life work, beginning to
teach in his earlier years as a matter of expediency and continuing from the love of it and because of his marked
success as an educator. He is well known in various educational organizations in the state and in him Clearfield
county evidently has a superintendent whose ideals of scholastic perfection are very high. He is always loyal to
his profession. his main interest being the upbuilding of the county schools, of which he has had charge since
1905. He has been re-elected for the third time, being the only man who has ever served more than two terms as
county superintendent of Clearfield county, up to this time. Mr. Tobias is identified fraternally with the Masons
and the Odd Fellows.
Note - Sketches unrevised by subscribers are distinguished by a small astrict (*).
Twentieth Century History of
Clearfield County, Pennsylvania
and Representative Citizens.
BY: Roland D. Swoope, Jr.
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co,
Chicago, Ill. 1911
Clearfield County Pennsylvania Biographies
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