Claude E. Toles was and artist/political cartoonist for The
International Syndicate, P O Box 22, 17 Frederick St.,Baltimore City County, MD. William R. Miller was President and Howard E. Miller, Secretary and Treasurer.
Claude was born in Elmira, NY, and married to Maud O. Drake. They lived at 1620 Madison Ave. in Baltimore. Their daughter was Virginia Neilson Toles, born in 1900 in Baltimore.
On March 5, 1901 he wrote a long, tongue in cheek, descriptive letter about the Inaugural of President William McKinley which he attended in Washington, DC. Following is an excerpt:
"Not so many years ago, I stood for fully twenty minutes at the corner of Lake and Water and watched with wondering optics a gorgeous pageant sweep by. Captain Hartigan with a squad of four officers cleared the streets of farmers' wagons. Following came Col. Hervey Jones, mounted, then the 30th Sep. Co., G.A.R., Sons of Vets.,Hibernians, Red Men, K of P, Odd Fellows, Wagon advertising Swamp Root, four small boys, street car, seven dogs and a farmers turn out containing the entire family. Up till yesterday I have seen nothing to equal it in pomp and splendor. The Inaugural Parade equalled if not surpassed it in imposing effect."
"Eighty thousand people went from Baltimore with us.......
Our entire trip to Washington-fare, eating and incidentals cost but $3.55 for both. We had no time to call on Anna Bowen...."
"President Miller, his bride -to -be ,Treasurer Miller, Miller Creighton and his four sisters and the Snider sisters all attended the inauguration. Two office boys and the stenographer ran the syndicate." ....... Claude