Biography of Earle B. Robinson
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Earle B. Robinson, who ranks among the prominent young business men of Johnstown, is a veteran of the World war. He was born in this city July 27, 1893, and is the son of George T. and Laura A. (Barry) Robinson.

George T. Robinson is a leading citizen and successful business man of Johnstown, where he is vice president of the Citizens Coal Company. He was born near Birmingham, England, Feb. 23, 1868, and is the son of William and Mary Ann (Hadley) Robinson.

William Robinson was born near Staffordshire, England, and was a blacksmith by trade. At the time of his death in 1871 he was studying for the ministry. His widow was later married to James Parks, who emigrated to the United States in 1881, followed by his wife and children the next year. They settled at Streator, Ill., and later lived in Bradford and Jefferson Counties. Both Mr. and Mrs. Parks are deceased and are buried in Punxsutawney. To William and Mary Ann (Hadley) Robinson were born five children: Hannah, died in 1924, was the wife of J. E. Ashley, Johnstown; William C., died in Johnstown in 1923; Mary, married David Hopkins, lives in Bedford County, Pa.; Edward, lives at Brackenridge, Pa.; and George T., father of the subject of this sketch. By her second marriage Mrs. Parks had five children: John, lives in Johnstown; Eliza, married Lewis S. Wales, lives at Altoona, Pa.; Nellie, married William Roam, lives at Bellefonte, Pa.; Joseph, lives at Wilmington, Del.; and Arthur, lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

George T. Robinson, a complete sketch of whose business career appears elsewhere in this history, has been identified with the industrial growth of Johnstown for a number of years. In 1892 he was married to Miss Laura A. Barry, the daughter of Richard K. and Mary P. (Allen) Barry, of Punxsutawney, both now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Robinson have one child, Earle Barry, the subject of this sketch.

Earle B. Robinson received his early education in the public schools of Johnstown and was graduated from Johnstown High School in 1913. He was graduated from Dartmouth College in the class of 1917. On June 1, 1917, he enlisted in the ambulance service at Dartmouth College, having attended the infantry class at Plattsburgh training camp the previous summer. In July, 1917, he was commissioned a first sergeant and in September of that year was made first lieutenant. He was stationed at Camp Crane, Allentown, Pa., and from there went to Italy, being attached to the Italian army in charge of S. S. U. No. 570. While in Italy he was a service laison officer. After driving their automobiles over the Alps and Mount Cenis Pass and west to Toule, they participated in the Saint Mihiel drive from Sept. 12th to 16th. His outfit then was transferred to Souilly, Argonne headquarters. After engaging in the Argonne-Meuse drive, Mr. Robinson was stationed at Thiacourt at the time of the signing of the Armistice. He was discharged in April, 1919, at Camp Dix, and returned to Johnstown. Later that year he went to Philadelphia, where he organized the Robwill Coal Company, wholesale dealers. He served as vice president and treasurer of this company for two years, after which he returned to Johnstown and served as treasurer of the Conemaugh Valley Sales Company. In December, 1922, Mr. Robinson established his present business, known as the Robinson Motor Company. It was incorporated in 1923 and is among the leading sales agencies of the city. Mr. Robinson is local dealer for the Studebaker automobile. The business is located 212-218 Main Street.

In 1924 Mr. Robinson was united in marriage with Miss Mildred O. Goff, the daughter of John D. and Harriet (Davis) Goff. Mr. Goff is identified with the Bethlehem Steel Company in Johnstown.

Mr. Robinson is a Republican, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, is a 32nd degree Mason and member of the Shrine, and belongs to the Sunnehanna Country Club, the American Legion, and Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. He is identified with the Johnstown Dealers Automobile Association and the Pennsylvania Automotive Association.

From:
History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
By: John E. Gable
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis, 1926

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