Toby A. and Jesse (Diffendaffer) Long, 7N 51W

In 1880 Whitley County, Indiana, Toby A. is 18, son of Alex M. 48 and Mallissa 46, both born in Ohio. Henry W. is 15, Jesse M. 13, and Benj. F. 11.
In Allen County was Nathan Smith, who married Barbara Diffendarfer, also living in Noble County. They had John W. Smith in Noble County November 3, 1846. When John was 14 he went to work for his uncle, A.M. Long, in Whitley County.

In 1885 Woodbury County, Iowa, Toby 23, and Jessie 20 are living with Alexander and Melissa Long. Jessie M. Long is 17, Benjamin F. 15.
Jessie M. Long had moved back to Indiana, marrying Elizabeth in 1892 Noble County, Indiana. Jessie is a salesman in 1900 Whitley County, 33, with Elizabeth 31.
Jessie A. Diffendarfer is in Allen County, Indiana in 1880, with S. Diffendarfer 50 and Sarah A. 49. Charles A. is 19, Freedonm W. 17 and Mary 7.
In October 1889, T. A. Long was appointed secretary pro tem of the Logan County Sunday School Convention.

S. Diffendarfer was on the committee to select three vice presidents and recommend a county secretary to the state board.

The Fyffe school in southeast Logan County " sod school house was built in 1887. Classes began in January 1888. The first teacher was Toby A. Long, who received wages of $60 that month. He taught during the winter months and then May Diffendarfer, his relative taught during the warm, spring weather. Farmers and stockmen in the area build new homes in what is called "The Frenchman" tableland on the plains, finding that is was not easy to make a living in that part of Logan County. "
Although the years of 1891 and 1892 were good years, 1893 was a discouraging time for people everywhere. With taxes, drought, blizzards and debt, by 1894 nearly half of the families had moved away. Only a few children were left to attend the school.

Toby claimed a quarter in section 13, 7N 51W in 1891.

In 1910 Sterling, Toby is a real estate agent, 48, born in Indiana, married 25 years to Jessie 45 born in Indiana. They have Mamie E. 23 and Max T. 19. They're living with Jessie's father Samuel Diffendaffer 80, widowed, born in Pennsylvania.
When Alex M. Long died in 1916, his obituary said Toby and Harry were living in Los Angeles. Harry's sister was Mrs. Ellen Isherwood, and son B.F. Long.

Melissa (Smith) 1833-1924 is buried with Alex in Woodbury County, Iowa.
Jesse McCoy Long 1867-1903 and Benjamin F. Long 1869-1949 are also buried there.

Tobie is a railroad clerk, with Jessie in Berkeley, California in 1920 .

In 1930 Denver, T. Albert 68 and Jesse H. 63 are running a grocery store, and her brother Freedom Diffendaffer is with them.

Toby Albert Long 1861-1933 # 31972688 and Jessie (Diffendaffer) Long 1865-1955 are buried in Denver.
May 1933 Whitley, Indiana "Mr. Long was a son of the late Mack Long and brother of the late Jessie Long of Busco. He lived here when a small boy and went to school here." Funeral services for Toby Albert Long, 72, pioneer Colorado resident, will be held at 12:30 pm Tuesday at the Olinger Mortuary, Speer blvd. and Sherman street. Mr. Long died Friday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fred L. Symonds, 886 S. High st., after a long illness. He was born near Fort Wayne, Ind., Oct. 18, 1861, and came to Colorado in 1888. During early life he taught school and did clerical work for railroad companies at Sterling, Colo. Since 1925 he and his wife operated a small store and restaurant on W. Sixth ave., near Denver General Hospital, but failing health forced him to give up his work two years ago. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Jennie D. Long; one son, Max F. Long of Beverly Hills, Cal.; one daughter, Mrs. Fred L. Symonds; two brothers, Harry W. Long of Los Angeles, Cal., and Benjamin F. Long of Anthon, Iowa, and a sister, Mrs. Ella Isherwood of Evanston, Wyo. Burial will be made in Fairmount Cemetery."


Mamie L. Symonds is in Denver in 1920, married to Fred 30 born in Iowa, an optician. They have Fred J. 3 and Fred's mother Eleanor H. Simonds 65, widowed.

Jessie R. Long is living with them in 1940 Denver. Mae L. is also widowed, 52, with Fred L. 23 and Betty Rae 17.

Ella Mae Long Symonds "Mamie" 1887-1959 is buried in Wheat Ridge, Colorado # 30765871.

Fred Long Symonds, born December 14, 1916 in Colorado, died in Pampa Texas November 12, 1977, to be buried in Memory Gardens, # 118691831.
Mary Catherine Symonds, 83, of Black Diamond, Wash., died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999.Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Monday in Memory Gardens Cemetery with Monsignor Kevin Hand, pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in White Deer, officiating. Arrangements were by Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa.Mrs. Symonds was born in Hammond, Ind., and moved to Pampa in 1964 from Denver. She graduated from Whiting High School at Whiting, Ind. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church of Pampa. She moved to Black Diamond in 1990.She married Fred Symonds in 1945 at Whiting. He died in 1977.Survivors include two daughters, Lynn Greenlee of Albuquerque, N.M., and Marcia Ensign of Maple Valley, Wash.; two brothers, Bud Girman of Whiting, Ind., and Bernard Girman of Highland, Ind.; a sister, Elsa Marinaro of Hammond; and five grandchildren

July 1977 Pampa Texas "Marcia Mae Symonds and Steven L. Ensign of Maple Valley, Wash., will be wed in Seattle in late summer 1977, according to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred L. Symonds of 1939 Evergreen. The prospective bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Keith S. Ensign of Hubbard, Ore. Miss Symonds, a Pampa High School graduate, attended Southwestern State University in Weatherford, Okla., and received a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. She formerly taught in the Pampa public schools before accepting a teaching position in suburban Seattle. Her fiance attended Columbia University in New York. He received a professional degree from Oregon College of Education, completing dual majors in both elementary and art education. He is currently teaching in the public schools of Renton, Wash., and is an adjunct instructor for both Central Washington State University and Western Washington University."


Max Freedom Long registered for WWI in Los Angeles, born Oct 26, 1890 at Sterling, Colorado, supporting his mother and grndfather. He was an auto mechanic.

Max arrived in Honolulu on the Sonoma from San Francisco on April 17, 1922.

In 1930 Honolulu, Max 39 and wife J. Rae 56 born in England are running a photo supply store.

In 1940 Max is in Laguna Beach, California, 49, now married to Louise 47 born in Nebraska. Both are book authors. Max died September 23, 1971 in San Diego County.|

Max Freedom Long was born on October 26, 1890, in Sterling, Colorado to Toby Albert Long and his wife Jessie Diffendaffer. At the time of the 1910 census he was working as a photographer in his hometown, and was living with his grandfather's household with his parents. He attended Los Angeles State Normal School from September 1914 to June 1916, and graduated with an Associate of Arts (two-year) degree in General Education. After graduating, he worked briefly as an auto-mechanic in Los Angeles. In 1917, Long moved to the island of Hawaii to teach in elementary schools around the big island. He moved to Honolulu in 1920 and lived there until 1932, where he worked in and later owned a photography store. In 1920, he married an English woman named Jane Jessie Rae, who was the proprietor of the Hotel Davenport in Honolulu. When he arrived in Hawaii, he claimed that some Native Hawaiians were practicing what he called magic. Long wrote that at first he was skeptical of this magic, but later became convinced that it worked. He devoted the rest of his life to creating theories about how the Native Hawaiians did what he claimed they did, and teaching those theories through the sale of books and newsletters. In the mid-1930s, Long relocated to Orange County, California and began to focus on writing books inspired by his experiences in Hawaii. He married a second time while in California.

Jessie's will was admitted to probate in Honolulu in 1936.

Max Freedom Long stopped issuing bulletins in late 1970 due to poor health. He died at his home in Vista, California on September 23, 1971 from a self-inflicted shotgun wound to his head. He had been suffering from a bone cancer for a few years at that time, and was in constant pain in his final months. He was a believer in voluntary euthanasia.

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