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Subject: ROBBINS, Harvey, obituary
Date: 10 Mar 2005 22:51:41 -0700
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Surnames: ROBBINS, CARLSON, WILOBY, GILLIAM, BENSON
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The Hood River News, Hood River, OR., August 7, 1925, page 9
HARVEY ROBBINS, PIONEER, PASSES
The death of Harvey Robbins of Hood River, occurred at Molalla, Ore., on last Sunday, August 2, where he was attending the annual family reunion at his father’s old home farm, now the home of his brother, Oliver Robbins. He was in his eighty-second year, but was unusually strong and active and enjoyed perfect health until the last. He had made his home with his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Carlson, at their handsome residence just west of town, since the death of his wife in 1917.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Robinson, nee Miss Perline Wiloby, were pioneers of 1852. Mr. Robbins, was born in Decatur county, Illinois, on December 16, 1833, in came to Oregon when he was eighteen years old, driving a team the entire distance across the plains. There were twenty-one wagons in the train with which he came and they reached Salem in December, near which place Mr. Robbins at once took a homestead.
At the outbreak of hostilities among the Rogue River Indians in 1855, he was one of the first volunteers, and again enlisted the next year to serve in the Cayuse war in eastern Oregon and Washington territory. At the close of this war, Mr. Robbins, with two others, was sent to make peace terms with Chief Joseph, the leader of the Indian forces. After his return, his party was ambushed by Indians and he was severely wounded, carrying out the remainder of his life a flint arrow head which broke off in his hip, after passing through his pocketbook and clothes.
In 1858 he was married and was the father of seven children, four of whom are living. They are Mrs. Lillie Carlson, of Hood River, J.H. Robbins, of Los Angeles, W.W. Robbins, of Baker and Tom Robbins of Tonapah, Nevada. There are nine grand-children and nine great-grand-children. There are also two sisters, Mrs. Jane Gilliam of Pilot Rock and Mrs. Ella Benson of 69 W. Terry st., Portland as well as the surviving brother, Oliver Robbins of Molalla.
His life was likely spent in eastern Oregon mining camps, at one time he owned a train of over 100 pack animals used for transportation from Umatilla to Owyhee, Boise and Pierce City, Idaho. He built the first sawmill in the Blue mountains and was one of the first to engage in quartz mining in Oregon. He was one of the locators of the Monumental mine in Grant county. He lived in the Big Bend country and in Spokane before coming to Hood River.
He has been a member of the Masonic order for over fifty years and the funeral took place on Tuesday, at Mollalla, under the auspices of that order.
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