JOHN TONER, farmer, section 10, Barton Township, was born in the city of Toronto, Can., in September, 1841. He is a son of Francis and Mary (Carrigan) Toner, who were natives of Ireland, and emigrated to the Dominion of Canada in 1840. They came thence to Newaygo Co., Mich., in 1867, where the father died, April 1, 1880, and the mother is still living.
Mr. Toner received the training of a farmer's son, and in 1867 bought a homestead right in Newaygo County, which he again entered under the regulations of the Homestead Act. His farm now includes 160 acres of land, with 60 under improvement and in a fair state of cultivation. He was married June 27, 1881, to Margaret E., daughter of Daniel and Catherine (Pratt) Hanley. Her father was born in Ireland and her mother in Oneida Co., N.Y. Mrs. Toner was born Jan. 30, 1858, in Topeka, Kansas. To her and her husband one child, Mary C., was born Jan. 5, 1882.
In political tendency Mr. Toner is neutral but he is a decided foe to local monopoly and has devoted his energies to its disruption.