Marshall Robinson

Contributed by Rene' Treffeisen

Marshall Robinson, a successful business man of Unadilla, owns and conducts a large 
and prosperous dry goods business, his stock consisting of dry goods of all kinds,
ladies' furnishings goods, carpets, etc. This business has been in existence over
eleven years, the large store occupied by Mr. Robinson, with its several departments,
being built for the especial purpose it is used for. Mr. Robinson came to this place
when twenty-two years old, and began as a clerk with the firm of Emory & Bailey,
general merchants, and within four years purchased the interest of Mr. Emory, the
firm then becoming Bailey & Robinson, and the partnership continuing thus for eleven
years. On May 10 1879, they were entirely burned out, so far as the buildings occupied
were concerned, but at once began the erection of the present large and fine business
block, which has a frontage of sixty-two feet on main Street, the lot having a depth
of 150 feet, which, however, is not entirely covered by the building. The store is
of modern construction, is two stories high, and was completed in November, 1879.
The building is occupied chiefly by Mr. Robinson at the present time, although a
portion of it is occupied by Mr. Bailey, now a druggist, having severed his connection
with Mr. Robinson in 1881, and since that time conducted a drug store. Mr. Robinson's
sales have steadily increased from year to year, until his is one of the most
prosperous and substantial dry goods houses in the county. His trade extends over a
large area, he having an extensive country tade. Mr. Robinson is a thorough business
man, and has acieved his success by his own efforts, strict attention to business and
legitimate business methods being his code. Mr. Robinson was born in the town of Walton, in August 1845, remaining in that place
until he removed to Unadilla, when twenty-two years of age. Always a public-spirited
citizen, he has taken an active part in all movements tending to the public good. He
has served as Trustee of the Union Schools, and has filled other local offices. In
politics he is a stanch Democrat. His father, Francis Robinson, was born, it is
supposed, in Delaware County, and became a farmer in that county sometime about 1840,
settling on a new, unbroker timber farm, in the townof Walton. There he made a good
home for his family, and retired to the village of Walton in 1881, where he resided
until his death, August 10 1892, at the age of eighty years and six months. he was
a successful farmer, was a Democrat in politics, and prominent in local affairs.
For many years he was a member of the Episcopal Church in Walton. His father, Rowland
Robinson, was a pioneer in Delaware County, and there became a successful farmer. He
was never sick, and died without and apparent disease, his life going out like a lamp
that has exhausted its oil. He was ninety-eight years old at the time of his death.
In politics he was a Jackson Democrat. His wife died many years before him. The mother of Marshall Robinson was before her marriage Miss Catherine Terry. She was
born in Hamden, Delaware County, where she grew to mature years, and where she resided
at the time of her marriage to Mr. Robinson. She died some four years previous to the
death of her husband. She was a good mother, a kind neighbor, and an active member of
the Episcopal Church at Walton Her parents, Samuel and Abigail (Signor) Terry, were
early settlers of the town of Hamden, and there they always lived, and died when quite
aged people, the latter being ninety-six. Mr. Terry was a Democrat in politics, and
both he and his wife were members of the Episcopal Church. Marshall Robinson was married, in Delaware County, to Miss Lizzie S. Cook, who was born
in Sidney, ans was there reared and educated. Since her marriage she has been a devoted
wife, a true helpmate, and kind neighbor. She is a leading member of the best society
of the village. her father, Samuel W. Cook, was born in Delaware County in 1810 and
began life a poor man, but succeeded in amassing a fortune, and in establishing himself
and family in a pleasant and comfortable home on the farm. About fifteen years ago he
left the farm and went to Franklin, living there until 1889, when he removed to Unadilla,
making his home with his daughters, Margaret and Laura, and remaining with them until
his death, which occurred June 29, 1893. In former years he was a Republican in politics,
but later became a Democrat. his wife died in 1882, at the age of sixty-four. She
was formerly Miss Mary Chase, and was a Presbyterian in religion. Mr. and Mrs. Robinson are prominent in local enterprises and attend the Episcopal Church.
They have one bright daughter, Mary C., who is sixteen years old, and an educated and
intelligent young lady.
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