Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     SAMUEL C. ROBINS is and has been one of the prominent men in Douglas county, owing to the excellent manner in which he has handled the resources at his command here and the wisdom displayed in laboring for the welfare of the county at large.  He is now engaged in farming and resides about two miles south from Waterville.  He was born in Miami county, Indiana, on November 30, 1848, being the son of Samuel C. and Katherine (Ryan) Robins, natives of New Jersey.  The father died on March 14, 1863, in Miami county, Indiana, and was descended from an old New Jersey family.  The mother died in 1850, in Indiana.  Her ancestors were natives of Ireland.  The first twenty-one years of our subject's life were spent in Indiana, during which time he gained his education from the public schools and also in special training in farming and the ways of the world, having been left an orphan at the age of fifteen.  From Indiana, he went to Minnesota and for five years was in various employments, then returned to his native state, remaining there until February 19, 1884, the date when he started west.  On March 29th of the same year, he located where he now resides and since that time has been one of the substantial and wide awake men of the Big Bend country.  In 1886, he was appointed sheriff to serve out the unexpired term of Mr. Jordan, deceased, and at the expiration of that time was formally elected to that office, his name appearing on the Democratic ticket.  In 1890, he was elected county commissioner, running far ahead of his ticket.  He has been school director of the district since its organization and has also been director of the Waterville high school since its establishment.  In the fall of 1890, Mr. Robins was elected at a mass meeting of the citizens in Waterville and took charge of the Douglas county exhibit of the first Inter State Exposition held in Spokane.  His knowledge and wisdom displayed in brining to the front the products of this county and its resources, resulted in untold good to Douglas county.  Fraternally, Mr. Robins is a member of the A. F. and A. M. and of the O. E. S.  His wife also belonging to the latter.
     Mr. Robins has two brothers, Charles E. and Ezekiel V., and one sister, Margaret N. Deeds, and one half sister, Katherine Brower.
     On May 7, 1880, at Peru, Indiana, occurred the marriage of Mr. Robins and Miss Ida H. Steiner, a native of Lima, Ohio.  Her parents, Gottleb and Mary M. (Steiner) Steiner, were natives of Germany and are now living in Waterville.  Three children are the fruit of this marriage, Edwin S., Nellie M. and Florence S.