Friday, November 16, 2007

The Robbins Family in the Windom [Minnesota] Reporter

Late last week I received an e-mail from Mike Kirchmeier of Windom, Minnesota. He has been working on a genealogical project on Southbrook Township of Cottonwood County of that state, and we've corresponded in the past about my Robbins family who lived there in the 1870s and 1880s for a brief time. Mike found mention of the family in the Windom Reporter, and e-mailed the transcription to me.

The "players" are my 3rd-great-grandfather, Charles H. ROBBINS; his wife's step-father, John CRAPSEY; his wife's half-sister's husband, Charles HANDY; and the husband of another half-sister of his wife, John HARDY.

Excerpts from the Windom Reporter of Windom, Minnesota:

March 19, 1874
Supervisors, Ole Rued, chm, John Kane, Chas. Robbins; Clerk, Chas. Vickers; Treasurer, M. McDevit; Assessor, Wm. Snure; Justices of the Peace, John Crapsey, John Vanbuskirk; Constables, Wm Secrest, Roswell Densmore.


October 1, 1874
Chas Robbins was the Southbrook representative to the County Republican Convention.


November 12, 1874
We under stand from Mr. Robbins that there was a pleasant party at the house of Mr. Lindquist, in the Talcott lake settlement.


January 14, 1875
County Commissioner Meeting - January 5, 1875

Charles Robbins, 40 miles travel making election returns town of Southbrook, $4 allowed.


October 1875
Representatives to the Republican Convention for Cottonwood, Jackson, Murray, Pipestone, Rock, and Jackson Counties included Chas. Robbins and F. H. Moon [both of Southbrook].


November 1875
Election returns of Southbrook:

Republican Ticket, 7; Democratic Ticket, 8.


January 6, 1876
Chas. Robbins of Southbrook called last week [at the reporter's office].


July 6, 1876
John Benson and Chas. Robbins of Southbrook called last week [at the reporter's office].


July 24, 1876
Chas Robbins, Southbrook, was over in Martin County looking to take a job breaking, but couldn’t find the man who wanted it done.


August 31, 1876
We last week mentioned the loss of Charles Handy's barn by lightning. Charles Robbins writes us: The barn of Chas. Handy was destroyed by lightning with all of its contents including two horses belonging to D. Hand(y), thirty bushel of shelled wheat, twenty tons of hay, harness etc. The loss was a severe one.


April 12, 1877
Charles Robbins of Southbrook will work this summer for Ross Nichols.


December 13, 1877
Charley Robbins has ploughed nearly 100 acres with ox team.


January 17, 1878
New Years - a social party at Chas Robbins. Had a good time and picnic supper.


August 25, 1878
The farmers have commenced threshing. Chas. Robbins and J. Crapsey’s wheat averaged 14 bushels per acre. Some of it has been ground and makes good bread.


May 22, 1879
Messrs. Robbins and Hardy will furnish farmers with a thrasher this season.


February 5, 1880
Dundee. Charlie Robbins recently had the misfortune to crush his hand in J. T. Smith’s hay press.


February 12, 1880
Charles Robbins of Southbrook, Cottonwood County, while working at Hersey, [Township, Nobles County] on the hay press, belonging to Mr. J.T. Smith, at this place, had his hand badly crushed, a few days ago. Dr. Force, of this place, was telegraphed for, but the freight train coming along about that time Mr. Robbins, in company with Jack Woolstencroft, and Eli McLaughlin, came to Heron Lake where they met, at the train, Dr. Force who took charge in the case. After carefully dressing the hand, stopping the flow of blood and removing the lacerated flesh and tendons. Mr. Robbins was removed to the residence of R. A. Nichols. --We are glad to learn from his attending physician that he is doing well, with prospect of saving the whole hand.


March 4, 1880
Charlie Robbins went home to Cottonwood County. He has been at the house of R. A. Nichols for 5 weeks.


April 29. 1880
Charlie Robbins, of Southbrook, was in town Tuesday.


July 7, 1880
Charles Robbins, Preemption Declaratory Statement No. 16836 for the E½, SE1/4, section 30,T.105, R.38W. made final proof in support of his claim. Witnesses to his continuous residence and cultivation of said land were listed as John Crapsey, Ole Rued, George Knott, and Peter Olson, all of Southbrook.


September 9, 1880
Messrs Robbins and Snure, two representative men from Southbrook, called Saturday together with J. H. Weldon of Highwater.

I knew Charles had smashed his hand in a thresher, because it was mentioned in an interview conducted near his death; and also appeared in some census information. It was interesting to get the details of the accident via this newspaper account.

The Nichols name leaped out at me, because Charles' brother, Benjamin Leander "Lee" ROBBINS, had a son-in-law named Benjamin J. NICHOLS. I'm wondering if there's a connection

Mike also sent me some photographs of the half-brothers of Viola (PECK) ROBBINS, my 3rd-great-grandmother, which I'll be posting later. He was able to give me some names and dates I was missing, and some sources, so I'll be able to look up the records myself and add them to the family tree. Very exciting, this!
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