Biography of William S. Robinson
Humboldt County, CA Biographies





WILLIAM SLAUGHTER ROBINSON. - Five different states made a home for Mr. Robinson during different periods of his life. In four of them the first twenty two years of his life were passed, namely: Virginia, where he was born February 4, 1828; Tennessee, to which he accompanied his parents at the age of eight years; Kentucky and Missouri. For a period of fifty seven years beginning in 1850 and closing with his death at Eureka, March 10, 1907, he lived in California and practically all of that time in Humboldt county, so he was thoroughly familiar with early conditions here and with the gradual transformation from frontier isolation to twentieth century civilization. During the summer of 1850 he crossed the plains with an ox team, arriving at Nevada City on the 20th of September and at once engaging as a teamster from Sacramento to Shasta City with Joseph Russ as a partner. In a short time he came with a party from Trinity to Humboldt county, where he and Mr. Russ had many exciting experiences in hunting elk in the Wild Cat and Bear river districts. The meat found a ready sale in Eureka and Arcata, so that their hunting expeditions brought them a fair profit. Stirring adventures with black and grizzly bears in the mountains brought them into constant danger, yet gave them the excitement of the chase so enjoyable to every hunter. It is said that Mr. Robinson was one of the most skilled marksmen in the mountains. His aim was almost unerring and when he started for the mountains with his hunting outfit, it was definitely understood that he would not return empty handed.

Taking up ranch pursuits in the Eel river valley and developing a stock industry at Bridgeville, Mr. Robinson gradually accumulated two thousand acres of stock range and was one Of the first men in the county to specialize in wool growing, a department of activity that became fairly profitable under his constant supervision. Throughout all of his adult life he voted the Democratic ticket and gave stanch support to the party principles. On the organization of Anniversary Lodge, I. O. O. F., at Arcata, he became a charter member, while afterward he entered Hydesville Lodge No. 250, I. O. O. F., also as a charter member. Through his marriage to Lavina Electa Albee, daughter of Joseph Albee, a pioneer of Humboldt county, he became the father of the following named daughters and sons: Mrs. E. Schreiner, of Ferndale; Grant, residing in Lewiston, Mont.; Caltha; William A., in charge of the Robinson ranch; Mrs. Charles Allen, of Montana; Mrs. Bert Griffiths, of Berkeley; Gertrude, of Eureka; Bertha, wife of E. S. Murray, also of Eureka; and Edward J. Robinson, D. D. S. The youngest child, who like the other members of the family claims Humboldt as his native county, is a graduate of the Eureka high school and of the dental department, University of California, class of 1909. All of his professional experience, with the exception of one year at San Jose, has identified him with Eureka, where he is regarded as an efficient and educated dentist, thoroughly familiar with the profession in its every detail. His fraternities are the Masons and the Native Sons of the Golden West.

From:
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915


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