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    CHARLES W. TOBEY, proprietor of the Tobey Drug Store at Troy, Ohio, is a man of state-wide reputation in his profession and has long been prominent in connection with the affairs and interests of his home city. He was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1855, and is a son of Nathaniel Tobey, who is well remembered as one of the foremost men of Troy.

    Nathaniel Tobey was for many years head of the drug firm of N. Tobey & Son, and was financially interested in various enterprises and manufacturing plants of the city. He was one time president of the Troy Business Men's Association, and also served in the City Council. His death occurred in 1903.

    Charles W. Tobey received his early education in the public schools of Dayton and Troy, his parents moving to the latter, place when he was ten years of age. He received a careful education as an analytical chemist, being graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1876. He immediately thereafter embarked in the drug business in partnership with his father, they at that time purchasing the store of E. F. Rinehart, in Troy. The firm of N. Tobey & Son continued with uninterrupted success until the death of Nathaniel Tobey in 1903, since which time the name of the establishment has been the Tobey Drug Store. Mr. Tobey has always identified himself with the leading interests of the city and county. He was one of the founders of the Ohio Pharmaceutical Association of which he was chairman of the first executive committee; he was the first delegate of that body to the American Pharmaceutical Association, and was at one time president of the organizational. He also was the first delegate to the National Retail Druggists' Association. He was twice appointed to the Ohio State board of examiners for pharmacists, and is serving his second term as president of same. He was one of the original promoters of the Island Outing Club.

    In 1879 Mr. Tobey was united in marriage with Miss Ellie R. Reed, a daughter of Browning Reed, of Troy. Fraternally, he is a charter member of Troy Lodge, Knights of Pythias; and is affiliated with Blue Lodge, F.& A.M. and the Knights Templar.

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