Toberman, C.E.


Charles E. Toberman (February 23, 1880 - November 1981) was a real estate developer who was known as "Mr. Hollywood" and the "Father of Hollywood" for his role in developing Hollywood and many of its landmarks, including the Hollywood Bowl, Grauman's Chinese Theater, El Capitan Theater, the Roosevelt Hotel, the Grauman's Egyptian Theater and the Hollywood Masonic Temple. Charles Edward Toberman was born on February 23, 1880 in Seymour, Texas to Philip and Lucy Ann Toberman; his uncle was Los Angeles mayor James R. Toberman. He attended the Texas A & M for three years and Metropolitan Business College at Dallas for one year. Toberman began his career as a stenographer, working in Dallas and Wichita Falls, Texas before moving to Los Angeles in 1902. He returned to Wichita Falls and ran a hardware store before returning to Los Angeles, where he held a variety of positions including City Treasurer of Hollywood. He worked in real estate from 1907 on, incorporating the C.E. Toberman Company in 1912. Mr. Toberman placed fifty-three Hollywood subdivisions on the market, formed more than thirty companies and organizations, built twenty-nine commercial buildings in Hollywood, including the world -famous Chinese Theater, Egyptian Theater, Outpost Estates and was affiliated with forty-nine clubs, civic, and fraternal organizations up until retirement Toberman managed all of his real estate holdings from his office in the heart of Hollywood. Throughout the 1910s and 1920s, Toberman developed many notable buildings and neighborhoods in Hollywood, including notable theaters with showman Sid Grauman In 1924, he built a Spanish-Style mansion known as the C.E. Toberman Estate. He co-founded the Black Foxe Military Institute in 1928. He married Josephine W. Bullock on June 25, 1902. The couple had three children: Jeanette, Homer, and Catherine. Charles Toberman died in November 1981.

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Charles Toberman in his real estate office on Hollywood Blvd. at McCadden Pl.
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Charles Toberman at a Breakfast Club meeting
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Charles E. Toberman
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C.E. Toberman and Otto K. Olesen
Toberman, C.E.Charles Toberman in his real estate office on Hollywood Blvd. at McCadden Pl.
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1914
Toberman, C.E.Charles Toberman at a Breakfast Club meeting
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Toberman, C.E.Charles E. Toberman
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Toberman, C.E.C.E. Toberman and Otto K. Olesen
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1956
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C.E. Toberman & Earle Baker
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C.E. Toberman on his 80th birthday
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C.E. Toberman & his family on his 80th birthday
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C.E. Toberman in his office on his 80th birthday
Toberman, C.E.C.E. Toberman & Earle Baker
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Toberman, C.E.C.E. Toberman on his 80th birthday
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Toberman, C.E.C.E. Toberman & his family on his 80th birthday
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Toberman, C.E.C.E. Toberman in his office on his 80th birthday
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1960
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Charles & Josephine Toberman on his 80th birthday
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C.E. Toberman & Art Linkletter
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Caharles & Josephine Toberman with Charles Kendall
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(l to R) Art Linkletter, Harold Kurt & C.E. Toberman at a Rotary Club luncheon
Toberman, C.E.Charles & Josephine Toberman on his 80th birthday
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1960
Toberman, C.E.C.E. Toberman & Art Linkletter
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1961
Toberman, C.E.Caharles & Josephine Toberman with Charles Kendall
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1961
Toberman, C.E.(l to R) Art Linkletter, Harold Kurt & C.E. Toberman at a Rotary Club luncheon
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