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            Luther Jay Tobias is the capable county treasurer of Riverside county, in which office he succeeded his wife, Mrs. Alice (Mitchell) Tobias, who filled the position for six years prior to her death in February, 1932. He was born on a farm near Dayton, Ohio, December 24, 1890, his parents being David W. and Hulda (Cassel) Tobias, also natives of the Buckeye state. The father, who became a very prominent agriculturist, has passed away. Mr. and Mrs. David W. Tobias, were the parents of two children: Luther Jay, of this review; and Mrs. Erla W. Chaffin, of South Carolina.

            Luther J. Tobias acquired his early education in the grade and high schools of his native state and continued his studies at the Ohio State University as a member of the class of 1912. He was employed by the National Cash Register Company in a clerical capacity for some years and served in the United States Army for one year, being stationed with headquarters company at Camp Lewis, Tacoma, Washington. He is a member of the American Legion. In 1920 Mr. Tobias came to Riverside, California, and here assumed the duties of chief deputy in the sheriff’s office. Later he was made chief deputy under the county treasurer, Alice Mitchell, who became his wife and whom he succeeded in office following her untimely death. He has membership in the Congregational Church and also belongs to the Victoria Country Club.

            It was on the 31st of December, 1931, that Mr. Tobias married Miss Alice Mitchell, daughter of David G. Mitchell, who became the first treasurer of Riverside county in 1893 and filled the office continuously for a third of a century or until his death, which occurred February 10, 1926. Mr. Mitchell was succeeded in this important public position by his daughter, Alice, who discharged the duties devolving upon her in a most efficient and faithful manner until she, too, passed away. She died February 23, 1932 after two weeks’ (sic) critical illness following an operation. Mrs. Tobias is survived by four brothers, namely: Harry E., who is connected with the Sherman Institute, one of the largest Indian schools of the country, located near Riverside; Frank E., a resident of Chicago, Illinois; Claude W., of San Francisco; and Roy R., of Ogden, Utah. Mrs. Tobias made a splendid record in public office and also manifested an active and helpful interest in church, club and social service work. For a period of six years she was treasurer of the Women’s Club. A host of friends mourned her passing, for she was greatly loved and admired for her many admirable traits of character.   




Transcribed By:  Cecelia M. Setty.

Source: California of the South Vol. II,  by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 483-484, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles,  Indianapolis.  1933.

© 2012 Cecelia M. Setty.