J. T. Robuck is one of the energetic, wide awake and progressive business men of Attica, conducting a general
store and also handling farm implements and wire. He was born in this county December 17, 1856, a son of John and
Martha (Andrews) Robuck, both of whom were natives of. Ohio. They came to Marion county in 1853, casting in their
lot with the pioneer settlers who were aiding in reclaiming a wild and undeveloped region for the purposes of civilization.
The father established the family home upon a farm and throughout his remaining days devoted his energies to general
agricultural pursuits. His wife has also passed away. In their family were ten children, of whom six are yet living.
J. T. Robuck spent his youthful days upon the old homestead, remaining there until he reached the age of twenty
two years, during which time he assisted his father in the work of the fields when not busy with his text books,
his education being acquired in the common schools. On leaving home he rented a tract of land and thus carried
on farming for several years, at the end of which time he purchased a farm in Clay township with the money he had
saved from his earnings. Upon that place he lived for fourteen years and after selling out he bought a farm in
Franklin township, upon which he resided for four years. On disposing of that property he invested in land in Knoxville
township and afterward retired from active farming, taking up his abode in the city of Knoxville, where he lived
for two years. On the expiration of that period he again turned his attention to agricultural pursuits and for
some time occupied and cultivated his farm but eventually sold out and turned his attention to merchandising at
Attica, where he is now living. He conducts a general store, carrying a large and carefully selected stock of goods,
and he also handles farm implements and wire. His business has grown to gratifying proportions and he is one of
the enterprising merchants of the county. In connection with his son he also owns a farm in Franklin township.
In 1878 Mr. Robuck was united in marriage to Miss Ida Force, a native of this county and a daughter of George and
Permelia (Wade) Force, who were natives of Pennsylvania. The father is now deceased but the mother survives. Mr.
and Mrs. Robuck have had five children but the first two died in infancy. The third child, Bessie, passed away
at the age of fourteen years. The two surviving members of the family are John, who follows farming, owning property
in connection with his father, and Mabel, at home.
The parents are members of the Methodist Protestant church and Mr. Robuck belongs to the Odd Fellows lodge at Knoxville
and to the Improved Order of Red Men. In politics he is a democrat, having always exercised his right of franchise
in support of that party since attaining his majority. He has served as school director but has never occupied
political office. His life has been a busy and useful one in which there have been few idle hours. He has always
carefully directed his farm work and his mercantile interests and as the result of his indefatigable energy and
sound judgment has met with a gratifying measure of success.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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