Pages 523-524, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




DAVID ROBINSON, Iola's old time painter, was born in Peoria county, Illinois, February 3, 1838. He is the ninth of twelve children and son of George and Maria (Gaylord) Robinson. He was reared upon a farm and was educated in the manner common to the country youth of that day. About the time he was just of age he joined a party and crossed the plains to Colorado and was associated with the western wilds till 1860 when he returned east and stopped in Breckenridge, Missouri. When the war came on he joined Company G, 33rd Missouri regiment of Federals and saw four years of service in the western department of the Union army. His division was the 1st and his corps the 16th and he participated in much hard service and in many warm and severe engagements, chief among them being Helena, Arkansas, Red River expedition, Chico Lake, Tupelo, Nashville and under thirteen days fire at Fts. Spanish and Blakely at Mobile. He was first sergeant of his company at the end of the war.

David Robinson spent the few years succeeding the war and until he came to Iola in Galva, Illinois. He learned the painter's trade in his native State and has made it his life work. He followed his brother, Gaylord, to Allen county and reached here in 1870. For thirty years he has wielded the brush in Iola and he is the oldest of the craft in point of residence. He was married here in 1883 to Myra, a daughter of A. L. Dibble, deceased, who came to Iola in 1880. The latter was born in 1827 in the State of New York and was married to M. J. Lord. Of this union three children were born, viz.: N. E. Dibble, of Philadelphia; Delia, who married Willard Lord, and Mrs. Robinson.

Mr and Mrs. Robinson's only child is Miss Florence. Mr. Robinson


is a Republican and he and his wife are active members of the First Baptist church of Iola.

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