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From: "Cathy Joynt Labath" <>
Subject: Mention of Dr. Robert N. Swindle of Chicago-1914 Robinson Bio
Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2001 08:47:48 -0600

FYI- I'm not related. Mention of Dr. Robert N. Swindle of Chicago, son of
Anthony and Lucy Norris Swindle.

Surnames: Robinson, Williamson, Carrothers, Norris, Swindle, Henderson

History of Delaware County, Iowa...Captain John F. Merry, supervising ed. 2
vols. Chicago: S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1914

William B. Robinson, one of the most prominent business men of Delaware
county, is identified with a number of enterprises, being president of the
Farmer's Savings Bank of Robinson and the Robinson Lumber & Grain Company
and also a director of the Ryan State Bank, while he and his sons own and
operate the Timber View Stock Farm, where they are engaged in breeding full
blooded short horn cattle. A native of Delaware county, Mr. Robinson was
born in Adams township, on he 12th of November, 1865, and he is a son of
William and Matilda Williamson Robinson. The father was a native of County
Fermanagh, Ireland, and, coming to this country, settled in Iowa many years
ago. About the same time that he emigrated to the United States his wife
also crossed the Atlantic from the Emerald isle, as she was born in County
Monaghan. They were married in Dubuque in May, 1858, and became the parents
of six children, namely Margaret, who married William Carrothers and resides
in Prairie township, Eliza A., the wife of William Temple, of Fort Dodge,
Iowa; James, deceased, William B., of this review; Sarah, deceased; and
Anthony T., manager of the lumberyard at Robinson.

During his boyhood and youth William B. Robinson attended the public schools
in the pursuit of an education and was also a student at Epworth Seminary
for a time. At an early age he became familiar with agricultural work and
since attaining manhood has continued to devote his energies to some phase
of farming, being known as one of the most successful breeders of full
blooded shorthorn cattle in the county. He owns three hundred and
forty-eight acres of land situated five and a half miles west of Ryan and
one mile north of Robinson, his farm being known as Timber View Stock Farm.
The cattle which he breeds command the highest price on the market and are
eligible for registration. Roan Masterpiece, No. 369000, a grandson of the
international champion, Cumberland's Last, is at the head of the herd. As
stock breeders, Mr. Robinson and his sons are widely known throughout Iowa
and the volume of their business is constantly increasing. Our subject is a
thoroughly practical man, of good business and executive ability, and
usually carries forward to successful completion whatever he undertakes. As
president of the Farmers Savings Bank of Robinson and the Robinson Lumber &
Grain Company he has greatly promoted the business interests of the town of

On the 25th of February, 1892, Mr. Robinson was united in marriage to Miss
Mary A. Swindle, a daughter of Anthony and Lucy (Norris) Swindle, both
natives of Ireland. Her father was born in County Fermanagh, March 11, 1826,
while the mother's birth occurred in County Cork. It was in January, 1847,
that Anthony Swindle landed in the new world and for a time he made his home
in New Jersey, from which state he removed to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
where he resided for a number of years. In 1852 he came to Iowa, arriving in
Delaware county on the 8th of March, and about nine years later his future
wife located here. They were married in Quasqueton on the 9th of April,
1863, and became the parents of eight children, of whom seven, five sons and
two daughters, are still living, Mrs. Robinson, being the eldest. The others
are Frank, a resident of Beldon, Nebraska; Bessie, who is the widow of
William Henderson and resides with her mother in Adams township; Charles, a
resident of Cleghorn, Iowa; Anthony J., of Tacoma, Washington; William H.,
of Earlville, Iowa and Dr. Robert N. of Chicago. During the Civil War Mr.
Swindle enlisted in the Fourth Iowa Infantry and was with Sherman on his
march to the sea. After a useful and well spent life he passed away on the
1st of November, 1906. His widow still survives and makes her home on the ol
d homestead.

The children born to Mr and Mrs Robinson are: Byron, now assistant cashier
of the Greeley Savings Bank of Greeley, Iowa; Milton, at home; Anthony,
attending high school at Manchester; Lucy, who was graduated from the
Manchester high school and received a scholarship to Cornell College at
Mount Vernon, Iowa, where she is now a freshman, and Lloyd who is also a
high school student at Manchester.

By his ballot Mr. Robinson also supports the men and measures of the
Republican party and for 9 years he acceptably served as County Supervisor.
He has likewise held a number of local offices. In 1890 he arranged to have
a post office established, being known as the Silver Creek Post Office, and
he was appointed postmaster in June of that year, continuing to hold the
office for nine years. It was afterward discontinued and in 1898 the rural
route was established which was one of the first in this section of the
state. Fraternally Mr. Robinson is connected with the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias. His energy and ability have
contributed much toward the development of his section of the county and as
a businessman and citizen he is held in the highest esteem.

Cathy Joynt Labath
The Irish in Iowa

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