George A. Robinson, stonemanson contractor, has been a successful, reliable and well known citizen of Cherokee for the last twenty odd years. Having mastered a fine trade in his youth, he has never lacked for occupation of all his energies, and he has been able to accomplish much, both from a financial standpoint and in what concerns the general welfare and progress of his community. He is also esteemed as one of the host of Grand Army men now being so rapidly thinned by the hand of death, and his loyalty not only to country but to all that he has held best in life has never been guestioned.
It was near the shores of Lake Champlain, at Fairfax, Vermont, where Mr. Robinson, shortly after he had attained to man's estate, tendered his srvices to his country. He enlisted in September, 1862, in Company K, Eleventh Vermont Artillery, twenthy-four hundred strong. from camp at Brattleboro they were ordered to Washington, and were at Fort Lincoln a week before being sent into the real field of war. At the battle of Cold Harbor Mr. Robinson received a bullet wound in the right hand, and was also injured by a splinter from a gunstock. His wound was a bad one, threatening blood poison and gangrene, and for a long time he was in the hospitals at White House Landing, Germantown, New York, and then at Montpelier in his native state. He filially started again for the front, but was not allowed to proceed and by order of President Lincoln received an honorable discharge after giving a most creditable and self-sacrificing service to his country.
Mr. Robinson was born at Fairfax, Vermont, Novemnber 18, 1840, being a son of George and Joanna (Aldrich) Robinson. His father, of English ancestry, was blind for many years, and died at Cherokee when seventy-six years of age. The mother, a native of Massachusetts, and whose ancestors came over in the Mayflower, died at the age of seventy-eight. Both were exemplary members of the Baptist church, and people of eniment worth and respectability. There were two sons in the family, and Wilber is a resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In 1881 Mr. Robinson moved to Cherokee, this county, where he has since been a resident. He owns a valuable tract of land south of town which is underlaid with coal, and when developed this will be one of the paying coal properties of the locality. Mr. Robinson as a contractor in stonemason work has done most of the work at Cherokee and vicinity since he located here, and has made a fine record in this line of business activity.
Mr. Robinson was married in Vermont to Miss Armina C. Felton, who was born, reared and educated in that state, being a daughter of Benjamin and Lucia (Parker) Felton. Mr. Robinson is a Republican in politics, adhering to the Lincoln type of political leaders. He is a frank and genial man in all his relations with friends and business associates, and has deserved the prosperity and esteem which have come to him.Pages 367-368 from A Twentieth century history and biographical record of Crawford County, Kansas, by Home Authors; Illustrated. Published by Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, IL : 1905. 656 p. ill. Transcribed by Joel Joseph, student at Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, in April, 2003.
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