Biography of Thomas M. Robinson, Jr.
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Thomas M. Robinson, Jr., manager of the West Berkeley branch of the American Trust Company, has long been identified with the banking interests of this section of the state, and has gained a well merited reputation for sound judgment and dependability. He has a splendid war record, has been a loyal and public spirited citizen and stands deservedly high in the esteem of his fellowmen. Mr. Robinson was born in Oakland, California, on the 7th of November, 1894, and is a son of Thomas M. and Mary J. (Havens) Robinson, who now reside in Denver, Colorado, being respectively seventy and sixty five years of age. Thomas M. Robinson is well known in the East Bay district, having been an early settler of this locality, and was prominent in local public affairs, having served for a number of years as chief deputy assessor of Alameda county. Upon his election to hi: present position as head clerk of the Woodmen of the World he moved to Denver, Colorado, where the head office of that order is located. Mrs. Robinson's mother, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Shattuck, was a sister of Francis K. Shattuck, who was the first permanent settler in Berkeley and in whose honor Shattuck avenue, the principal street in this city, was named. He was also the founder off the First National Bank, the earliest financial institution in Berkeley. This bank: was taken over by the American Trust Company in 1922, being now known as the Berkeley branch of that institution.

Thomas M. Robinson, Jr., was reared in Oakland and Berkeley, and graduate( from the Fremont high school in the former city in 1912. He then entered them Crocker National Bank of San Francisco, beginning as a messenger, but receive( promotions until he became teller, in which position he was serving when his country entered the World war. He at once enlisted in the Masonic Ambulance Company, which later became officially known as the Three Hundred and Sixty fourth Ambulance Company, and went into training at Camp Lewis. Being ordered overseas, he sailed from New York, landing at Southampton, and was soon afterward in the thick of the war activities in France, taking part in the St. Mihiel drive, the Meuse-Argonne offensive, the battles on the Belgium front, and was on the Lys-Scheldt front in Belgium when the Armistice was signed. In 1919 he returned to the United States, arriving at Camp Upton, Long Island, on Easter morning, and was honorably discharged at the Presidio, San Francisco. Mr. Robinson then entered the First National Bank of Berkeley as teller, remaining there until that institution was taken over by the American Trust Company, in 1922, when he opened the Elmwood branch of the Mercantile Trust Company. In January, 1927, the American Bank and the Mercantile Trust Company were merged under the name of the American Trust Company, of which these Berkeley banks are now branches, and at that time Mr. Robinson, who was still serving as manager of the Elmwood branch, was transferred as manager to the West Berkeley branch of the American Trust Company, which office he is still filling in a very able and satisfactory manner.

On October 10, 1926, in Applegate, Placer county, California, Mr. Robinson was united in marriage to Miss Ione Graham, who was born in San Francisco and is a daughter of Douglas J. Graham, secretary and treasurer of the Vulcan Iron Works of that city. Mr. Robinson is a Mason and an Elk. He was one of the organizers of Berkeley Post, No. 7, A. L., of which he is the present head, having been elected commander January 1, 1928. He is a director and treasurer of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, belongs to the West Berkeley Manufacturers' Association and was one of the founders and served for three years as president of the College Avenue Commercial Association. He is a member of the Berkeley city planning commission and has given freely of his time and effort to the various movements for the promotion of his community's interests along material and civic lines. He and his wife are earnest members of the First Congregational church of Berkeley, and in the social circles in which they move are deservedly popular.

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


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