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TONER, Henry, biography

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TONER, Henry, biography

Posted: 4 Mar 2003 1:09PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 5 Mar 2005 1:02PM GMT
Surnames: TONER, McCARTAN, COLEMAN, NEARDAN
An Illustrated History of Klickitat, Yakima and Kittitas Counties, Interstate Publishing Co., Chicago, IL., 1904

HENRY TONER was left an orphan when but a mere lad, and has had to struggle for himself since he was thirteen years old. He is to-day one of the leading farmers of central Washington, having by application and business acumen accumulated a property that assures a steady income. He resides two miles west and one-half mile south of Ellensburg. Mr. Toner was born in Lonesdale, Rhode Island, March 18, 1857. His father, Henry Toner, was a native of Ireland, and his mother, Mary (McCartan) Toner, was born in Scotland. Mr. Toner's educational opportunities were limited on account of the death of his parents, but he received a few years' instruction in the public schools of his native county before he went to Marysville, California, when fourteen years old, and began farm work. He continued that employment until 1880, when be moved to Kittitas (then Yakima) county, Washington. He rented a farm and established the foundation for his fortune. He was most successful on the rented place and later purchased his present farm. He has acquired a property, the income from which will keep him and his family comfortably, without the hard labor which usually accompanies farm life. He now rents the farm, except the home and garden. He owns 280 acres of farm lands, 1,440 acres of grazing land, 100 head of horses and cattle and about 3, 000 head of sheep. Mr. Toner was one of a family of four children. His eldest brother, John, was an engineer on a man-of-war, his sister, Alice, and brother, Barney, are dead. The youngest sister, Kittie, is a resident of Lonesdale, Rhode Island. He was married in the city of Old Yakima, December 24, 1880, to Miss Katinka Coleman, who was born in Santa Rosa, California, October 14, 1859. Her father, William Coleman, was born in Kentucky in 1822, and died in Ellensburg, April 7, 1888. Her mother, Mary (Neardan) Coleman, was born in Kentucky and died when her daughter Katinka was very young. James, born in 1849, and Mrs. Angeline Brown, Mrs. Toner’s eldest brother and sister, are now deceased. Elias, born in 1853, now a resident of Ellensburg, and Orange Coleman, born October 10, 1857, and now living in Oregon, are her brothers. Mrs. Toner is a member of the Methodist church and her husband and wife are among the most respected citizens of the valley.

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