Born: March 1880, son of Ebenezer Wellington Toof (1848-1898) and his wife Margaret Costlow (1847-1896)

Died: c. May 7, 1915

Married: Lulu Prellwitz Toof

Children: Fred Leslie Toof, Kenneth Toof, Louise Toof, Hazel Arline Toof

Fred C. Toof operated the the Garondah Cottage on Rainbow Lake with his wife, Lulu, daughter of James M. Wardner who established the cottage with her first husband.

Malone Farmer, February 8, 1905

Fred C. Toof has been appointed postmaster at Rainbow, N. Y.

Malone Farmer, June 16, 1909

Louise Thelma, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Toof, of Rainbow, died on Wednesday last of meningitis, after an illness of about two weeks. The little one was first taken with grippe, meningitis developing a few days later. The child was unconscious for a week previous to her death and apparently suffered little pain. Dr. Decker, of Bloomingdale was in constant attendance the last four days and from the beginning everything was done to stay the disease. Louise was a bright, affectionate child, almost four years old, and the ldol of the home funeral was held on Friday.

Chateaugay Record, May 7, 1915

Fred Toof, a man of about 40 years, residing at Rainbow, six miles from Bloomingdale, committed suicide by shooting on Wednesday. The cause of the deed was discouragement. He had been a widower since last August, and had three small children. He was with-out means and without health.

Lake Placid News, May 1915


(From Malone Farmer) Fred C. Toof, of Rainbow, formerly proprietor of "The Garondah," a large boarding house on the Paul Smith's road from Rainbow Lake, started out early Wednesday afternoon ostensibly to get a boat ready for a fishing party- When he reached the boat house he spoke casually to the caretaker, turned about and went back toward the house. He did not go there, however, and when he did not appear the woods and lake were searched in every direction until about 8 o'clock Thursday morning, when his body was found in the woods about half a mile from "The Garondah" with a bullet hole through his heart made by a 22 calibre revolver. The body lay face downward where it had fallen, with the revolver beside it. The weather was warm and Mr. Toof had on neither coat nor hat. He had unbuttoned his shirt and pressed the muzzle of the gun to his breast, as no hole was found in any of his garments. There were five empty shells in the revolver but there was only one bullet hole in the body to indicate that he had shot more than once at himself. Mr Toof was in ill health and despondent. His wife, who was Miss Lu Wardner, eldest daughter of the late James M. Wardner, died a year or so ago of tuberculosis, leaving him with three small children of his own and two stepchildren. His own health had been failing for several months and it is believed that he became distracted over his misfortunes. He was a man 35 years of age and had resided all his life in Rainbow and Bloomingdale. For the past two months he had rented "The Garondah" and he and his three children had been boarding there, though he expected to move his family to a little cottage near the boarding house in a day or two. The funeral took place from "The Garondah" on Saturday. Besides the children, Leslie, Kenneth and Lola, Mr. Toof is survived by a brother, Leslie, of Saranac Lake, and a sister, Mrs. Charles White, of Bloomingdale.