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|William Riley Robinson
26 November 1836–August 1912
|Wm. R. Robinson, whose critical illness the Pioneer-Press mentioned last week, passed away Sunday afternoon and was buried from the Presbyterian Church Tuesday afternoon. Rev. Cardy conducted the services. The funeral was largely attended, the local GAR with many soldiers from Mt. Vernon, Lisbon, Stanwood, and Tipton attending in a body. Just before the sermon, Rev. Cardy read the following obituary.
Wm. R. Robinson, one of the old and respected residents of Jones County, just across the line from Cedar County, was born in Champaign County, Ohio November 26, 1836 and at the age of four years he came with his parents Asa and Hannah Stratton Robinson to Jones County, Iowa. Here the family remained for two years and then removed to Cedar County where the subject of this sketch grew to manhood. At the age of twenty-six he answered the call for volunteers to preserve the Union and enlisted in Co. H 35th Vols. and shared in every battle, about eighteen in all, in which his company engaged during the war. He was in the army for three years, never missed a battle, and was never wounded nor was he ill at any time and therefore never saw the inside of a hospital.
On the 10th of March 1870, the deceased and Louisetta Piper were married, and to them eleven children were born, four sons and seven daughters. Ten of these children are living, Lewis being dead. They are: Frank of Greenfield Township, Mrs. Anna Maley, Stanwood, Mrs. Alice Mershon, Brookings, South Dakota, Wm. who lives at home, Mrs. Ida Miller, Morley, Iowa, Asa of Greenfield Township, Mrs. Bertha Vanderbilt, Greenfield Township, Mrs. Bessie Fisher, Mechanicsville, Mrs. Minnie Parks and Mrs. Ehrmal Murfield Brookings, South Dakota. These children and the widow survive and deplore the loss of husband and father.
Rev. A. P. Cooper, on January 24, 1910, received Wm. Robinson on confirmation of faith into full membership of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Robinson's conversion was brought about by reading regularly every day the papers which contained the sermons preached by Evangelist W. R. Sunday during his campaign at Cedar Rapids in the fall of 1909. Mr. Robinson was unable to attend these services but from the printed word he became convinced that the only thing he could do and be at peace with himself and the world was to embrace the Christian religion. He therefore sent for his pastor, Rev. Cooper, expressed his desire and became a converted and Christian man. This step brought him great peace of mind and Death had no terror for him.
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