Name:
William Clair Toll 
Location served:
Chatham  
Years in Practice:
1905 to 1948
Area of Specialization:
Family Physician and Surgeon  

Biography:

Dr. William Clair Toll was born on the 12th of November, 1879 in Raleigh Twp., Kent County.  He was the youngest of 6 children born to Philip A. Toll and the former Elizabeth Smiley.  His siblings were Everton, Ellsworth, Sylvester, Orville and Minnie and his parents were farmers near the community of Ouvery.

After attending local schools in the community, Dr. Toll studied at Leamington Collegiate Institute.  He graduated M.B. in 1905 from The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine.  After interning, Dr. Toll ventured to Carbon, Alberta in 1906.  According to a homesteading application, Dr. Toll built a frame home on a plot of land and practiced medicine in Carbon.

Dr. Toll married Stella Liselle Reed on the 30th of December, 1908 in West Zorra Twp, Oxford County. His brother, Reverend Sylvester Leroy Toll married Dr. and Mrs. Toll.  She was born in West Zorra Twp., on the 14th of June, 1883, the daughter of Orlando Reed and the former Jane Symons.  Mrs. Toll was the youngest of 4 children.  Her siblings were Evalin, Franklin and Ellieta and her parents were farmers.  After their marriage, Dr. Toll returned to Carbon, Alberta with his wife.  Their daughter Helen was born at Carbon on the 21st of December, 1909.

Dr. Toll returned to University and pursued post graduate studies in London, England graduating L.R.C.P and M.R.C.S. in 1912.  Dr. Toll and his wife Stella and his daughter Helen returned to Canada on the 7th of December, 1912, aboard the Empress of Britain.  Dr. Toll set up a medical practice in Chatham in January of 1913.  His office was located at 268 King Street West.  He advertised his medical practice in the 1914-1915 Vernons City of Chatham Directory.

In 1921 Dr. and Mrs. Toll and their daughter Helen resided at 36 Peel Street, in Simcoe, Ontario.

Dr. Toll was listed on the 1930 United States Census in Monessan, Pennsylvania.  He was boarding in a private residence and working at the Gemmell Hospital.  Dr. Toll was drafted by the United States Army in 1942.  According to the draft card, he resided at 130 Seventh Street in Monessen, Pennsylvania.  He was 5’4″ tall, 120 lbs., brown eyes, grey hair with a ruddy complexion.

Dr. Toll died at Gemmell Hospital in Monessen, Pennsylvania on the 19th of November, 1948.  At the time of his death, his residence was listed as the Grand Hotel on Donner Avenue in Monessen. His wife Stella was listed as his next-of-kin and his burial was listed as Toronto, Ontario.

Mrs. Toll and her daughter Helen, were last known to be residing at 51 Greenbook Drive in Toronto in 1958.  Helen was a teacher.