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Delaware County, Iowa


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William B. Robinson


Richland Twp.


     William B. Robinson, one of the most prominent business men of Delaware county, is identified with a number of enterprises, being president of the Farmer's Savings Bank of Robinson and the Robinson Lumber & Grain Company and also a director of the Ryan State Bank, while he and his sons own and operate the Timber View Stock Farm, where they are engaged in breeding full blooded short horn cattle. A native of Delaware county, Mr. Robinson was born in Adams township, on he 12th of November, 1865, and he is a son of William and Matilda Williamson Robinson. The father was a native of County Fermanagh, Ireland, and, coming to this country, settled in Iowa many years ago. About the same time that he emigrated to the United States his wife also crossed the Atlantic from the Emerald isle, as she was born in County Monaghan. They were married in Dubuque in May, 1858, and became the parents of six children, namely Margaret, who married William Carrothers and resides in Prairie township, Eliza A., the wife of William Temple, of Fort Dodge, Iowa; James, deceased, William B., of this review; Sarah, deceased; and Anthony T., manager of the lumberyard at Robinson.
     During his boyhood and youth William B. Robinson attended the public schools in the pursuit of an education and was also a student at Epworth Seminary for a time. At an early age he became familiar with agricultural work and since attaining manhood has continued to devote his energies to some phase of farming, being known as one of the most successful breeders of full blooded shorthorn cattle in the county. He owns three hundred and forty eight acres of land situated five and a half miles west of Ryan and one mile north of Robinson, his farm being known as Timber View Stock Farm. The cattle which he breeds command the highest price on the market and are eligible for registration. Roan Masterpiece, No. 369000, a grandson of the international champion, Cumberland's Last, is at the head of the herd. As stock breeders, Mr. Robinson and his sons are widely known throughout Iowa and the volume of their business is constantly increasing. Our subject is a thoroughly practical man, of good business and executive ability, and usually carries forward to successful completion whatever he undertakes. As president of the Farmers Savings Bank of Robinson and the Robinson Lumber & Grain Company he has greatly promoted the business interests of the town of Robinson.
    On the 25th of February, 1892, Mr. Robinson was united in marriage to Miss Mary A. Swindle, a daughter of Anthony and Lucy (Norris) Swindle, both natives of Ireland. Her father was born in County Fermanagh, March 11, 1826, while the mother's birth occurred in County Cork. It was in January, 1847, that Anthony Swindle landed in the new world and for a time he made his home in New Jersey, from which state he removed to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he resided for a number of years. In 1852 he came to Iowa, arriving in Delaware county on the 8th of March, and about nine years later his future wife located here. They were married in Quasqueton on the 9th of April, 1863, and became the parents of eight children, of whom seven, five sons and two daughters, are still living, Mrs. Robinson, being the eldest. The others are Frank, a resident of Beldon, Nebraska; Bessie, who is the widow of William Henderson and resides with her mother in Adams township; Charles, a resident of Cleghorn, Iowa; Anthony J., of Tacoma, Washington; William H., of Earlville, Iowa and Dr. Robert N. of Chicago. During the Civil War Mr. Swindle enlisted in the Fourth Iowa Infantry and was with Sherman on his march to the sea. After a useful and well spent life he passed away on the 1st of November, 1906. His widow still survives and makes her home on the old homestead.
     The children born to Mr and Mrs Robinson are: Byron, now assistant cashier of the Greeley Savings Bank of Greeley, Iowa; Milton, at home; Anthony, attending high school at Manchester; Lucy, who was graduated from the Manchester high school and received a scholarship to Cornell College at Mount Vernon, Iowa, where she is now a freshman, and Lloyd who is also a high school student at Manchester.
     By his ballot Mr. Robinson also supports the men and measures of the Republican party and for 9 years he acceptably served as County Supervisor. He has likewise held a number of local offices. In 1890 he arranged to have a post office established, being known as the Silver Creek Post Office, and he was appointed postmaster in June of that year, continuing to hold the office for nine years. It was afterward discontinued and in 1898 the rural route was established which was one of the first in this section of the state. Fraternally Mr. Robinson is connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias. His energy and ability have contributed much toward the development of his section of the county and as a businessman and citizen he is held in the highest esteem.


~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 492-493.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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