Biography of William E. Tobias
Clearfield County, PA Biographies





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 to them.

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 (*).

From:
Twentieth Century History of
Clearfield County, Pennsylvania
and Representative Citizens.
BY: Roland D. Swoope, Jr.
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co,
Chicago, Ill. 1911

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