Following is one of the Biographies and Stories which where gathered by Charles Sumner McKamy in the 1950s for publication in a Crawford County History Book. Unfortunately he passed away before the book was published.

This autobiography is taken in part from the Encyclopedia of American Biography, published under the direction of The American Historical Co. in 1945. In a career of more than fifty years as an oil producer and banker of Robinson, where he acquired extensive holdings in the oil fields of the United States and were he attained a position of leadership in financial circles of this community. He was born at Lake Como, Pa. on Oct. 28, 1861, a son of Timothy and Mary (Walsh) Toomey, the former a native of Limerick, Ireland and the later of Pennsylvania, was educated in the public schools of his native town and at the age of fifteen years began his career in the oil business, entering the employ of the Buckeye Pipe Line Co. at Titusville, Pa. in what was known as the Bradford field, beginning at the bottom of the industry he worked his way up to those of driller and contractor. He later moved to Boliver, N.Y. where he first came into prominence as an independent producer.

In 1905 he helped develop the field at Rantoul, Kansas and in 1906 he moved to Robinson, Illinois where he continued the remainder of his life, where he became one of Crawford County's pioneer oil operators, where he purchased many valuable leases in that and adjoining counties.

At the time of his death he was operating in Crawford, Lawrence, Wabash and other parts of southern Illinois in addition to owning properties in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana and Kansas and was reputed to be one of he wealthiest men in Crawford County, and was well known throughout the industry as an independent operator and producer. For several years he was a director and major stockholder in the Farmers and Producers Bank of Robinson, and was one of the organizers of the Second National Bank of Robinson a large stockholder and director of the same.

On July 8, 1884 at Boliver, N.Y. he was united in marriage with Mary A. Geary of Wellsville, N.Y. and to this union three children were born, two of whom died in infancy and a daughter, Mary Etta, wife of Vern Littlejohn of Robinson and three grandchildren, James Littlejohn and Robert Littlejohn and Mary E. Littlejohn.

Mr. Toomey was killed in an automobile accident on July 19, 1933, near Vincennes, Ind. at the age of seventy-one years.

At the request of the author the daughter of our good friend she contributes the following to their history as to her father.