Toland roots in area since 1857

By JENELLE JOHNSON
Family Living Editor

Clyde Toland

Clyde Toland’s family was among Iola’s earliest settlers.
His great-great-grandparents, Samuel and Permelia Hubbard, settled in Allen County in May 1857 as part of the movement to make the Territory of Kansas a free state. They lived near Cofachique, the only town in the county which was located southwest of Iola.
On Saturday, Clyde, his son, David, grandchildren, Caroline and William Toland, and nephew, Kent Toland, will serve as Farm-City Days Parade Marshals. They and several other families will be recognized for being descendants of ancestors who lived in or near Iola in 1859 when Iola was founded.
The Hubbards homesteaded a farm on the Neosho River bottom, where he not only farmed but also raised livestock, Toland said.
The Hubbards came to Allen County from North Carolina, a journey which took the family several years to make with a stop in Indiana in 1855 and a stay in Clay County in Missouri before settling in Allen County.
In 1867 Samuel Hubbard wrote a letter to a friend in North Carolina in which he described life in Allen County.
In the letter, in which The Register has kept the original spellings, he said, “I have lived here in the Neosho Valley for ten years. I and my family have had excellent helth there is no local caus for sickness in this valley river flows with good curent the banks is high the cuntry is dry I am living in the sam latitude that you are tho about 9 hundred miles west. The valley is very rich and productif we have the best stock growing contry in the U.S.A. we have all kindes of gran that is rased in N.C. and that in grate abundence you can by land all most at any price from $1.25 per achor up to $30 or you can setle on government land and live on it for five years and then the government will give you a paten for 160 achors I can sell my farm for five thousan dollars there is no mountains heare there is no wast land it is all good for grasing or farming the fase of the cuntry is smoothe tho the land is roling a nuff to dreen and be dry I rase every yeare from two to four thousan bu of grain per yeare. I will send you som kans papers in them you can see the price of produce dry goods and groseries give my best wishes to B. Dotson and family.”
Hubbard died in 1870 at 46 of pneumonia leaving his wife, 34, with five children including a set of twins, Laura and Lou.
In 1886, Permelia Hubbard sold her farm to two of her daughters and their families and moved into Iola to a home at 310 S. Walnut. Joining her in Iola were her widowed father, an unmarried daughter and a granddaughter she had raised since infancy.
A daughter, also named Permelia Hubbard, married Robert Thompson Sr. who was Toland’s great-grandmother.
Her son, Clyde Thompson Sr., Toland’s grandfather, owned and operated Iola Abstract Company. His daughter, June, Toland’s mother, married Stanley Toland.
The Tolands raised two sons, Clyde and the late John Toland.
Clyde and his wife, Nancy, have three children, David, Andrew and Elizabeth, and two grandchildren, Caroline and William. John and his wife, Karen, have four children, Carol, Mark, Scott and Kent.
His father Stanley, a native of Galva in McPherson County, graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1932 and moved to Iola to begin his practice. His brother-in-law Frank Thompson joined the firm in 1958 and his sons, John in 1973, and Clyde in 1975. Stanley continued to practice until his death in 1995.
David Toland, with his wife Beth, returned to Iola from Washington, D.C., in 2008 when he assumed the position of executive director of Thrive Allen County.
“Iola has done well for the past 150 years. I am optimistic about Iola’s future particularly if we all work together to strengthen the community to attract more young people to the area,” Toland said.