Biography of John A. Robinson
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JOHN A. ROBINSON
John A. Robinson conducts a successful grocery business at Mt. Eden, has also served as postmaster at that place for twenty years, and has otherwise been active in matters affecting the general welfare of the community. He has been a lifelong resident of Mt. Eden, born here on the 26th day of June, 1874, and is a son of William and Catherine Robinson, the former a native of New York state and the latter of Illinois. The father was reared and educated in the Empire state and then went to Illinois, where he engaged in farming. He was married there and in 1860 he and his wife made the overland journey to California, settling in the Castro valley of Alameda county, where he farmed. Afterwards he lived for a time at San Lorenzo, but finally settled at Mt. Eden, where he leased a tract of land, on which he carried on agricultural pursuits to the time of his death, which occurred in 1904, at the age of seventy six years. His wife passed away in 1910. Mr. Robinson was a democrat in politics and a man of splendid character and likable personal qualities.

John A. Robinson was reared at Mt. Eden and attended the public schools. He devoted his efforts to farming until 1908, when he was appointed postmaster, which position he has filled continuously to the present time, rendering a service that has been highly satisfactory to the patrons of the office. In 1902 he bought his present property, fronting two hundred feet on Telegraph road and one hundred and ninety two feet on Hayward road, and on this lot he erected the buildings which now occupy it, one of which is utilized as a billiard parlor while the other contains the library, the postoffice and a grocery store which Mr. Robinson has carried on for many years. He keeps a well selected stock of goods and enjoys a very satisfactory trade, due to his courteous treatment and close attention to the wants of his customers.

In 1901 Mr. Robinson was united in marriage to Miss Anna Garcia, who was born in Hayward, Alameda county, and is a daughter of Caesar Garcia, who was an early settler of this county. Mr. Robinson gives his support to the republican party and has shown an active interest in public affairs. He is a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West and the Woodmen of the World and is extremely popular, owing to his friendly manner and his upright and consistent life.

From:
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928


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