Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens
Lawrence County Pennsylvania 1897


[p. 628] who is engaged in building up a splendid practice as a skillful physician and surgeon in the city of New Castle, where he has been located since 1893, is a native of Pennsylvania, being ushered into this world Aug. 21, 1867, in Westmoreland County. He is a son of James and Ann (Burgoon) Toner, the former of Lancaster, Pa., and the latter a native of Westmoreland Co., Pa.

The father of our subject was a tanner by trade, and followed that occupation all of the active period of his life, retiring from labor twenty years previous to his death, which took place in 1877, when he was aged sixty-five years. He was a prominent man of his section and very influential in political circles, in which he figured as a leading Democrat. His wife, who passed away in 1882, bore him thirteen children, as follows: Bridget; Joseph; John; Martha A.; James; Mary; Peter; Arthur; Alice; Francis; and Mark F.; the remainder of the family did not grow up to maturity. Bridget married P. M. Kirwin of Pittsburg, Pa., and had four children, Mary, Honora, Arthur, and Pauline. Joseph married Susan Layton of Derry, Pa., and their union resulted in the following family: James L., John, William, Joseph, Augusta, Mary, and Pauline. Martha A. married Edward O'Brien of Westmoreland Co., Pa., and to them were given Mary, Louis, Alice, and Edward. James married Catherine Botzem of Westmoreland Co., Pa., now deceased, and three children were born to them, William, Louis, and Anna. Mary married Edward Layton and has two children living, Anna and Arthur. The family were communicants of the Roman Catholic Church.

Dr. Toner's collegiate education was secured in St. Vincent's College of Westmoreland Co., Pa.; upon the completion of his course in that institution, and after a course of reading medicine under Dr. J. C. Cline of Derry Station, he entered Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia, Pa., and graduated in 1893. He at once located in New Castle, where he has established a general office practice at 106 South Jefferson Street, that is highly creditable to one whose years of professional activity have been comparatively few. He enjoys the confidence and esteem of his fellow-practitioners, and of a large circle of patrons, and is considered to be thoroughly competent to treat any case successfully which comes up in a general practice. He is a member of the Lawrence County Medical Society, and officiated as its secretary for two years.

Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens Lawrence County Pennsylvania
Biographical Publishing Company, Buffalo, N.Y., 1897

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