R. G. Robinson.Although touched by the hand of death, in the prime of manhood, R. G. Robinson, late of Holton, Kans., had won a foremost place at the bar of Kansas. His was a busy life, and his unselfish devotion to his profession, and unremitting hard work, bore heavily on his physical constitution, and no doubt shortened his days. His tired heart ceased in the midst of a brilliant and prosperous professional career. R. G. Robinson was born in Ipova, Ill., April 5, 1861, and was the only son of William and Hannah (Morrison) Robinson, the former a native of Ireland and the latter of Pennsylvania. The Robinson family came to Kansas, in 1864, locating in Leavenworth after a brief residence in Illinois. The father was engaged in freighting across the plains for a time, and later came to Jackson county, where he managed the Smith & Wilson ranch for several years, when he removed to Holton, where he spent the sunset of his life. He died in 1901 and his wife is also now deceased. R. G. Robinson, the subject of this review, received his early education in the public schools of Jackson county and later took a course in pharmacy in a Philadelphia college, and when a mere boy, took charge of a drug store, which his father owned at Sabetha, Kans. After a few years he determined to follow the profession of law, and attended Columbia University of New York city, and later read law in the office of Hayden & Hayden of Holton, Kans. After being admitted to the bar he engaged in the practice in Holton, becoming a member of the firm of Broderick, Rafter & Robinson. This firm was later dissolved and he became a member of the firm of Robinson, Graham & Hurrel. Mr. Robinson was not engaged in the practice very long before his great ability as a lawyer was generally recognized. He possessed a well balanced legal mind, and was a profound student of the law. He was an able trial lawyer, and regarded as one of the most forceful advocates of the Kansas bar. He was a life long Republican and took an active part in politics. He had a natural gift of oratory, and was a convincing public speaker, and his services on the platform were always sought in political campaigns. He was elected county attorney of Jackson county in 1884, and succeeded himself in that office serving two terms. He also served one term in the State legislature. In addition to his large law practice, he was interested in various other enterprises, including banking, farming and stock raising. He operated a ranch of 640 acres on Straight Creek, which is now conducted by his widow. During the last few years of his life, he travelled a great deal in this country and abroad, with the hope that a change of climate would benefit his health, but he gradually grew weaker and the end came at his Holton home, April 13, 1898, a few days after he had returned from the South. He was prominent in lodge circles and was a Thirty-second Degree Knights Templar Mason, and a member of the Mystic Shrine. He had been master of the Holton lodge, and was also a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Mr. Robinson was married December 31, 1890 to Mrs. Frankie Nunamaker, widow of the late Dr. T. L. Nunamaker. She is a native of Muskingum county, Ohio, and a daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Wark) Hurrel, both natives of Ohio. They were the parents of two children, Mrs. Robinson and C. F. Hurrel, an attorney at Circleville, Kans. Samuel Hurrel, the father served in Company F. Seventy-eighth Regiment, Ohio Infantry, through the Civil war and was taken prisoner and confined in Libby and Anderson prisons during the latter part of the war. At the close of the war, while on his way home being so weakened from the effect of Southern prison life, he was sent to a hospital at Annapolis, Md., where he died, and his family knew nothing of his whereabouts until after he had been dead three months. The mother, later, came West and was married, and is now deceased. Mrs. Robinson came to Kansas in 1872, when a young girl, and Holton has been her home since that time. To Mr. and Mrs. Robinson were born two children, Helen D., a graduate of the Holton High School and the State Agricultural College at Manhattan, where she specialized in Domestic Science, and Herbert William, a graduate of the Holton High School and now a member of the Class of 1916 State Agricultural College, where he is making a special study of Animal Husbandry. At the death of her husband, Mrs. Robinson decided to continue the cattle business, in which he was interested during his life time. She knew nothing of the details of that business, but determined to learn and accordingly went to work. She studied the business thoroughly, in every detail, and the result is that today she has the largest herd of high grade Hereford cattle in Jackson county, and is probably the most extensive cattle woman in Kansas. At times she has as high as three hundred head on her 640-acre ranch on Straight Creek. She makes a specialty of raising high grade Herefords, and selling them when calves, and frequently receives as high as $40.00 or $50.00 per head. Her customers extend over several States, and she has shipped calves as far as Old Mexico. She also sells a great many beef cattle in the Kansas City markets. Mrs. Robinson has proven herself to be a very capable business woman, her success being unusual. She has a fine home in Holton, and directs her farm work from there, and makes frequent trips to her ranch. She is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and is an active factor in church work and social affairs of Holton.Pages 141-143 from a supplemental volume of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed October 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM196. It is a single volume 3.
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