Biography of Oliver C. Robinson
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Robinson, Oliver C., Madrid, the subject of our sketch, was a native of the county, born in Massena, July 24, 1831. He was next to the youngest of a family of eight children, and was only eight years of age when his father died. He was given a good common school education and at sixteen years of age began teaching in the schools of Madrid and Stockholm. This work he followed for two years. At eighteen years of age he went with a drover to Boston, where for years he was employed by a milk dealer and at the expiration of this time he bought a milk route, which he conducted very successfully and profitably for four years. In 1855 he sold the business and removed to Madrid, where he bought a partnership in the store of his brother, the firm name being H. T. and O. C. Robinson, which did a general mercantile business for about four years, and then was joined by another brother, L. A. Robinson. They were six years together and April 1, 1864, the firm became O. C. & J. H. Robinson, and existed as such for twelve years. April 1, 1870, they dissolved and Mr. Robinson moved to the store on the west side of Main street, taking as a partner A. W. Abernethy. O. C. Robinson & Co. conducted a general store and were dealers in all kinds of farm produce as well as live stock. March 1, 1890, he retired from the mercantile business and March 26, of the same year he was appointed postmaster of Madrid, a position he held till his death, October 20, 1892. Mr. Robinson was a staunch Republican. He was for thirty seven years a Mason, first with Madrid Lodge and after their demise with Canton Lodge. He was a liberal supporter of the Universalist church of Madrid. He married September 14, 1856, Adeline Viles of Lexington, Mass., who still survives him, They have had three children, all living: Lucius A., Frederick W., and Edith F., wife of F. J. Merriman. F. W. Robinson has always made his home in this town. He was educated in Madrid Union Free School, and has always been engaged in the mercantile business with his father and speculating in cattle and produce. After his father's death he was appointed postmaster at Maddrid, a position he still holds. He is a Republican.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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