Biography of Cyrus D. Robinson
Arena Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Cyrus D. Robinson, Son of Lyman and Susan Sears Robinson, was born in Erie county, Pennsylvania, July 13,1823. He resided at his birthplace till he was twenty one years of age, receiving in the meantime, his education at the common schools. In August, 1844, he went to Chicago, Illinois, and there engaged as clerk in a grocery store. In 1847, he opened a grocery store of his own, which he continued till the spring of 1849. In May of that year he went to Independence, Missouri, and in connection with three others purchased four yoke of oxen and started across the plains to California, arriving in this State October 27th of that year. They then separated and Mr. Robinson and a young man by the name of Robertson, proceeded to the mines on Feather river, and he remained in that vicinity till 1850, when his health failed him and he came to San Francisco and began operations in a grocery store. He disposed of this business and returned to the mines, where he remained but a short time, when he went to Humboldt bay and worked in the woods during the winter. He then went to the mines on Trinity river, and in October returned to Humboldt, and worked in the pioneer saw mill of that place, which was erected by Messrs. Eddy & White. till Decem her 15th when he took passage on the brig Colorado, which took the first cargo of sawed lumber out of that port on that trip. He remained in San Francisco till May, 1852, when he went to Colusa county, and began farming, which he followed till November of that year. He next went to Sonoma county where he remained till the fall of 1853. He then returned to his birthplace and spent the winter there. In March, 1854, he took his family and went to Nebraska, where they remained till 1856, when, with his family, he crossed the plains to California. They spent their first year in North San Juan, in Nevada county. He then went to the Russian River Crossing, where he maintained a ferry and kept a hotel till the spring of 1858, when he came to Gualala, Mendocino county, and purchased his present place, where he has since been engaged in hotel keeping, shipping and farming. He erected his present fine hotel building in 1872. Mr. Robinson was married March 13, 1845, to Miss Elizabeth D. Davidson, a native of Erie county, 'Pennsylvania, born March 1, 1824. Their children are Cyrus D. Jr., Frank. L. and Delila L.

From:
History of Mendocino County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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