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.
CHARLES F. ROBINSON is one of
the pioneers of this western country and for nearly thirty years has labored
in different sections to open up and build up the communities. He
is dwelling now about five miles northwest from Edwall on a nice estate
which he handles and it is becoming a first class and thrifty farm.
Charles F. Robinson was born in Henry county,
Iowa, on April 12, 1858, the son of James B. and Sarah (Ferguson) Robinson,
natives of Pennsylvania and Maryland, respectively. The mother died,
aged sixty-four, in Linn county, and the father is still living here, having
come to this section in 1883. He was a pioneer in Henry county, Iowa,
and is a veteran of the Civil war and served in Company K, Twenty-fifth
Iowa, for three years. Our subject is one of twelve children, seven
girls and five boys. He was well educated in the common schools of
Iowa and remained with his father until twenty-one years of age, laboring
on the farm, then he operated a farm for himself one year and in 1879,
came to Lonerock, Oregon. He engaged in freighting between The Dalles
and Lonerock for some time, after which he came to Walla Walla in 1880.
For two years, he was engaged in farming there and then journeyed to the
Big Bend country. He took a homestead where he now resides and began
grain raising. The country was new and many hardships were here to
be endured but Mr. Robinson has gone steadily along, overcoming every obstacle
and winning success each year. He is really numbered among the real
pioneers of Lincoln county.
At Walla Walla, in 1882, occurred the marriage
of Mr. Robinson and Jessie Hesseltine, who died in 1884, having been the
mother of one child, Fred, who is also deceased. In the spring of
1887 at Spokane, Mr. Robinson married Miss Harriet Reese, to which union,
three children have been born, Madison, Ida and Henry. On June 24,
1892, Mr. Robinson was called to mourn the death of his wife. On
June 18, 1899, at Davenport, Washington, Mr. Robinson celebrated his third
marriage, Mrs. Anna Anderson becoming his wife on this occasion.
To them have been born three children, Orrin, Minnie and John. The
last two are twins. By her former marriage, Mrs. Robinson has one
child, Ray. Mr. Robinson is a member of the M. W. A. He has
always taken an active interest in educational matters and is a man who
thoroughly appreciates and understands the resources and advantages of
this excellent country. The success he has won is the due reward
of his labors and skill put forth. Mr. Robinson is counted one of
the substantial citizens of this section.