Biography of C. C. Robinson
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C. C. ROBINSON.
While actively engaged in farming C. C. Robinson managed his affairs so well that he accumulated a competence, which now enables him to live retired in Prosser and to enjoy a period of well earned leisure. His birth occurred in Highgate, Vermont, on the 29th of August, 1842, and he is a son of Warren and Polly (Miers) Robinson, lifelong residents of Vermont. The father was very prominent in public affairs, served as overseer of the poor for forty years, was county judge for about ten years and for four terms represented his district in the state legislature. He reached a very advanced age, dying in 1896, when ninety two years old. The family originally came from the north of Scotland and the ancestry has been traced back three hundred years. The mother of our subject passed away in 1879 and both she and her husband are buried at Highgate, Vermont. To them were born eight children, namely: Felicia, who is deceased; Byron, a resident of Blain, Maine; Orville, who is living in St. Paul, Minnesota, and has the distinction of being the oldest violin maker in the United States, having followed that trade for sixty yearns; Emily, deceased; C. C.; Roswell, who was killed in the battle of the Wilderness during the Civil war; Anna, the wife of C. G. Austin, of Highgate, Vermont, and one who died in infancy.

C. C. Robinson attended the common schools of Vermont in the acquirement of an education and remained at home until nineteen years of age. On the 7th of February, 1862, he answered the call of the government for troops, enlisting in Company F, Eighth Vermont Volunteer Infantry. He remained with that command until honorably discharged on the 22d of July, 1864, and took part in many hard fought engagements. He went to New Orleans with General Butler and after engaging in the campaign around that city for six months was with the forces of General Banks and participated in the siege of Port Hudson. Later he fought in the battle of Bisland, Louisiana, and after that went on the Red river expedition under General Banks. Subsequently he was detailed to picket duty in the swamps and bayous of that region for some time and also took part in the expedition against the rebel gunboat King Cotton. He volunteered as one of the sharpshooters who were to kill the gunners assigned to the rebel gunboats, Hannah Jane, John C. Calhoun and The Little Devil, before they reached the boats. These Federal sharpshooters were also on a boat and when their vessel was compelled to stop because of running against a large chain stretched across the river the rebel soldiers entrenched along the bank began shooting at them. The officer in command, Commodore Buchanan, was shot in the wheelhouse, and the sharpshooters in the rigging were subsequently ordered to land and charge the rifle pits. This was done and the trenches and sixty sharpshooters were captured. The Federal forces followed the King Cotton up the bay as far as the channel was navigable and then the rebels, seeing that capture was inevitable, burned the boat.

Mr. Robinson returned home after his discharge from the army and for three years resided in Hubbardstown, Massachusetts, after which, in 1879, he migrated westward and took up a homestead in Hall county, Nebraska. He proved up on that place and for twenty two years concentrated his energies upon its further improvement and development. His labors were practical and progressive and were rewarded by a substantial financial return. He is now living retired in Prosser but still owns two hundred acres in Hall county and also holds title to twenty acres within the limits of Prosser.

In 1867 Mr. Robinson was united in marriage to Miss Phoebe E. Sheppard, by whom he has had six children, namely: Artemus, who is operating his father's farm in Hall county; Emma, the widow of David Elliott; Pearl J., who is engaged in the automobile business in Prosser; Lillie D., who is the widow of Elmer Stalkup and resides in Alberta, Canada; Lee Warren, of Butte, Montana; and Ray, at home.

Mr. Robinson is a republican in politics and has taken considerable interest in public affairs. He has served acceptably as road supervisor, as marshal and as street commissioner and keeps well informed as to political conditions. Hem attends the Methodist Episcopal church and is always willing to aid in its work in every way possible. His Christian faith has guided him in all of the relations of life and no movement for the moral advancement of his community has lacked his heartiest cooperation. For fifty years he has been affiliated with the Masonic order and he is one of the leading members of the local blue lodge. He belonged to the Grand Army post in Prosser as long as it was maintained but since its discontinuance has not become identified with any other post. His sterling worth has gained him the sincere respect of all who have come in contact with him and there are many who hold him in warm personal regard.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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