Isaac N. Robinson, who follows farming on Roberts Island, where he has lived continuously since 1879, is the oldest settler in his immediate neighborhood. He was born near Prescott, Ontario, Canada, on the 16th of October, 1859, his parents being John and Jeannette (Caruthers) Robinson, the former a native of Ontario, Canada, and the latter of Scotland. The paternal ancestors, however, came from the north of Ireland to the new world. In 1864 John Robinson removed with his family from Canada to California, settling in Sonoma county, where he and his wife spent their remaining days.

Isaac N. Robinson was a little lad of only five summers at the time the family home was established in the Golden state, and he was reared to manhood in Sonoma county, acquiring his education in its public schools. There he remained continously until 1879, when he came to San Joaquin county and settled on Roberts Island, where he now lives. He has here a valuable farm of one hundred and eight acres of good land under a high state of cultivation, and this has been his place of residence through consecutive years, his attention being given in an undivided manner to the further development and improvement of his farm. he bars a reputation as a progressive agriculturist, reliable in his business dealings and enterprising in his farm methods.

Mr. Robinson was married in San Joaquin county to Miss Nettie Emerson, and to them were born five children: Charles A., George P., J. Franklin, Mamie B. and Freddie. For his second wife Mr. Robinson chose Emma Greer, of Roberts Island, a daughter of Henry and Mary Greer, who are still living on the island. There is one son of the second marriage, Isaac N. Robinson, Jr.

Mr. Robinson is a warm friend of the cause of education and for nine consecutive years served as a trustee of the Kingston school district. He has also been trustee of the Reclamation district No. 524 for two years, and in all matters of citizenship he is loyal and progressive. In politics he is a Democrat and his knowledge of the questions and issues of the day enables him to support his position by intelligent argument. Fraternally he is connected with Morning Star Lodge, F. & A. M., and Charity Lodge, I. O. O. Fo., both of Stockton. He is spoken of in his community only in the highest terms by those who have known him for many years, and therefore the public may rest assured that he is perfectly trustworthy and deserving of respect, for no more just and competent judges can be found than those who have watched the development of the child into the man and have noted the gradual building of his character.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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