Among those who have won marked success in the raising of stock is Joseph Robinson, who owns three hundred and
eighty five acres of excellent land in Hartford township. He was born in England on the 26th of January, 1846,
of the marriage of James and Martha (Rainbow) Robinson, both likewise natives of that country. In 1852 the family
came to the United States and first located in the state of New York, where they remained for four years. In 1856
they emigrated westward and became residents of Iowa City, where they resided until 1865. In that year they removed
to Iowa county and located on a farm in Pilot township, where both parents were residing when called from this
life. To their union were born ten children, but four of whom survive.
Joseph Robinson remained at home until he became of age and then purchased eighty acres of land in Pilot township,
which he operated for eighteen years. Upon selling that property he bought two hundzed acres in Sumner township
and for eighteen years resided there. He then sold out and bought a part of the farm which he now owns, which comprises
three hundred and eighty five acres on sections 25 and 26, Hartford township. His wife also owns eighty acres on
section 26, which is the home farm. Mr. Robinson is living retired, but for many years was one of the active farmers
of his township.
Mr. Robinson was married in 1871 to Miss Agnes Bell, a native of Ohio, and they became the parents of four children:
W. W., who is now living in Guthrie county, this state; Ora Bell, residing in Marengo; and Lottie Jane and Jane
D., deceased. The wife and mother passed away in March, 1880, and in March, 1881, Mr. Robinson married Miss Martha
F. Orin, who was born upon the farm where she still resides. Her parents, John T. and Mary Josephine (Mossoney)
Orin, were natives of Germany and France respectively, but became residents of Iowa county, Iowa, in pioneer days.
Both have passed away. To Mr. and Mrs. Robinson were born seven children: Elnora B., the wife of Charles Robinson;
Charles H.; Mabel, who married Fred Blair; Mary Frances, the wife of R. O. Merringer; Newton J.; and George A.
and Carl H., both deceased.
Mr. Robinson is a republican and has served with ability as township trustee and as school director. Both he and
his wife belong to the Methodist Protestant church and their influence is always on the side of righteousness and
justice. The gratifying measure of success which Mr. Robinson has achieved as a stock raiser is due to his energy,
progressiveness and sound judgment, and these same qualities have made his cooperation in movements for the public
good of great value.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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