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    Toman Family History

    John William Toman (b. 1834 County Down, Ireland) came to America at
    the age of ten in 1845, most likely an indentured servant escaping the
    Irish potato famine which was occurring during that time.  He married
    Mary O’Neil (b. 1826 Cork County, Ireland) in Bloomington, Illinois in
    1855.  John was a Cooper (barrel maker) with the railroad and like
    most railroad employees they moved many times through the years but
    settled in the Paola in 1871, when the MKT track was completed.  Some
    descendants of the Toman family still reside in Paola and surrounding
    areas today.  Although they were Catholic and attended Holy Trinity
    Church in Paola, Mary & John divorced in 1887.  Mary is buried in the
    Holy Cross Cemetery in Paola next to her son Henry.  In Mary’s will she
    leave’s her property to her sons and although Minnie (her daughter)
    signs the will as a witness she is excluded in the will.  Minnie’s brother
    William petitioned for her to receive an equal share of Mary’s property.
    Minnie later sells 4 lots which are now part of the Paola Cemetery.  
    John was a Civil War Veteran and it is recorded with the National Parks
    Service that he served with the Calvary (Buchel’s) Yager’s 1st Mounted
    Rifles, for the Confederacy.

    John & Mary Toman had the following children:
    John William Toman II (1856-1932) m. Ida Graves (1864-1936)
    Their Children: David Martin Toman (1885-1959), John William Toman III
    (1887-1969), Minnie Mary Toman (1890-aft 1943), Maggie J Toman
    (1892-?), Odelia B Toman (1896-?).  John II was a Teamster and a brick
    mason and died from carcinoma of the stomach.

    Minnie A. (Mary) Toman (1863-1940?) m. William J Ryan (1847-1922)
    Their Children: Harry Jerome Ryan (1881-?), William Mathew Ryan
    (1882-?), Katharine’ Katie” Ryan (1887-?), Julia “Judy” Ryan (1896-?),
    Michael J Ryan (1900-?), Lilly G Ryan (1900-?). While William was a
    railroad worker and a Teamster, Minnie catered to his coworkers whom
    she boarded and filled their dinner pails daily.  Their home was located
    on the west end of town near the cemetery.  Around 1912 Minnie
    bought the Elms Hotel on W. Peoria St. next to the to the railroad
    tracks and expanded her business there. In the Paola History photo
    dated 1917 of the WWI recruits marching to the train depot you will
    see three people standing on the porch of the Hotel which is next to
    the railroad tracks, and is most likely the only photo the owners.   
    Minnie later moved uptown and ran the Ryan Hotel which also housed
    her restaurant.  Minnie passed her cooking skills and business sense to
    Katie and Julia who both later owned restaurants in the Kansas City
    area and in California.

    Henry Toman (1867-1912) m. Mary Francis Fort (1866-1937)
    Their Children; Lizzie Toman (1891-1987), Harry J Toman (1894-1933),
    Eva Toman (1895-1955), James Ray Toman (1898-1951), Maude Mary
    Toman (1901-1961), Tho Frankie Toman (1903-), Pauline Toman (1907-
    ). Henry was a Teamster, as well as his son Harry who owned his own
    team at age 17. Henry died of spinal meningitis at St. Margaret’s
    hospital in Kansas City at the age of 45 and is buried in the Holy Cross
    Cemetery in Paola next to his mother, Mary.

    William James Toman (1868-1931) m. Lydia Ellen “Ella Smith (1872-
    Their Children: Mabel L Toman (1896-1922), James Raymond Toman
    (1898-1960), Letha Fern Toman (1901-1988), Charles Irvin Toman I
    (1903-1935), Merlin Kester Toman (1907-1967), Wilma Reona Toman
    (1910-1974), Eugene V Toman (1916-1960). He was a dedicated Bible
    class teacher and member of the Church of Christ. William was a track
    foreman for the MKT railroad and had worked for more than 44 years
    when he died of stomach carcinoma in Parker, Kansas.  In his respect
    the Katy Railroad allowed all employees of the Kansas City Division to
    leave work and attend his funeral if they wished.

    His son Charles I Toman I, married Bertha Juanita Gordon (1901-1931)
    who was born in Hillsdale, Kansas, to Lovey Linsdale & Charles
    Gordon.  Her father worked for the railroad in Paola, Kansas and they
    were neighbors of the Toman’s. They had four children, Charles II,
    Alfred Eugene, Imogene and Nadine.  Bertha died in 1931 at the age of
    29.  Charley worked for the railroad in Paola and spoke fluent Spanish;
    he died in 1935 leaving the four children to be cared for by relatives.

    Most of this family was made up of rugged railroad workers and
    teamsters who depended on the railroad for their lively hood.  The
    railroad was built and supported by these men and women of
    extraordinary caliber who could live in the cluster of sometimes harsh
    railroad communities and make life substantial for one another.  You
    would only have to read a census to recognize how neighbors working
    for opposing railroads married and raised families together to realize
    the dynamics of life during these times.  Many of the Toman’s were
    talented musicians, bilingual and strong in there Christian faith.  I
    ponder the family history of stomach carcinoma and the link to the Irish
    home brew my father Charles I Toman II and uncle Alfred Eugene
    Toman learned to make from their families. Descendants of this Toman
    Family would be Hinman, Hull, Manos, Marchbank, Mills, Ratliff, Renner,
    Rude, Ryan’s, Toelle, Zouganiles etc.  Submitted by Susan Toman
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