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Robert Ingersoll Colvin
Birth: May 1, 1895
Columbia County
Oregon, USA
Death: Apr. 26, 1994
Johnson County
Texas, USA

BURLESON - Robert I. Colvin, a farmer, died Tuesday at a Burleson nursing home. He was 98.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Emerald Hills Memorial Park. Emerald Hills Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Colvin was born in Marshland, Ore., and had lived in Mansfield since 1990.

Survivors: Three daughters, Roberta Boyle of Canby, Ore., Betty McQuery of Sunrise Beach, Mo., and Shirley Snow of Fort Worth; stepdaughter, LaVerne Wiemer of Beverton, Ore.; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - April 27, 1994

He was predeceased by his wives, Iva and Delila, and son, Robert Henry Colvin.

Bob's story, 1981:
"I was born in Marshland, Oregon, on May 1, 1895. As we grew up, we all had a job to do, from signal boy for Johnny, Harry, Walter, to driving donkey engines and woods foreman for Johnny, the oldest. Ralph and I had to start milking the cows at seven and eight years old. In the spring and summer, we had to go back in the hills after the cows. One time, I had to give signals for almost two weeks as the boy hired had gone to Portland on a spree.

In 1906, father sold the logging camp and we moved to Portland. We rented a house on Williams Avenue and Tillamook Street where we lived for almost two years. In 1908, we moved to our permanent home on Graham and Kerby Street. From there I went to Shaver School until I finished grade school. Then I went to Jefferson High School; played on the baseball team that won the first championship of any kind for Jefferson.

In 1912, we moved out to the farm at Aurora, Oregon. Believe me, that was quite a change for the whole family. Everyone for their own pleasure and work. I loved the farm and I think the rest did, too. As for Ralph and me, we played baseball on Sundays and on some very good teams. In 1913, I started playing with the Baker boys at Wilsonville. Their brother, Del, managed Detroit in the big leagues and won the world's championship in 1913. I played there on Sundays during 1913, 1914, and 1915, then stopped playing until 1924.

In April of 1917, I married Iva Gray and our first child, Roberta Bell, was born April 6, 1918. Robert was born in 1919. In 1924, we started our campgrounds, and that same year I started playing baseball in earnest again. I was playing with Aurora and the president of the Aurora Bank hired a group of players from Portland. Among the group was brother Ralph, catcher; and Bill Russ, who had pitched for Pittsburgh in the big leagues. Our first game was Salem, who we beat 7 or 8 to 1. Bill struck out 18 and allowed one hit. We beat every team of importance in the Willamette; then on the 4th of July, we played Kelso, who had won the championship of Southwest Washington and Astoria. They were offering $250 or nothing. We beat Kelso 3 to 2. We paid our pitcher, Bill, $50 and the rest of us got $15.

Our third child, Betty, was born in March of 1928, and Shirley came in April 1935. Then in 1944, my wife, Iva, died.

I met Delila (Armfield Skinner) through a very dear friend in 1946. She knew what farm life was as she was raised on a farm in Idaho a short distance from Boise, but at the time of our marriage, she was living in Tacoma. We were married in the First Presbyterian Church of Tacoma on May 7, 1947. We lived on our farm until we sold it in 1968.

We took many interesting trips while on the farm. Four of Delila's brothers lived in Idaho, and sometimes we'd go there just for visiting and other times fishing, which we enjoyed very much. In 1969, we went to Colorado to visit some friends. We made quite a few trips to Winchester Bay fishing for salmon, but the highlight of them all was the trip to Alaska in 1973. We were gone over a month and saw many interesting sights. We also had some wonderful luck fishing.

At the present time, we are living in Canby where we have lived for the past thirteen years." (From an interview with Steve & Nancy Stout, 1981)
Family links: 
  Henry Leander Colvin (1857 - 1940)
  Electa Louisa Lingenfelter Colvin (1862 - 1942)
  Iva Anna Colvin (1896 - 1944)
  Sarah Delila Colvin (1905 - 1988)
  Roberta Bell Colvin Boyle (1918 - 1997)*
  Robert Henry Colvin (1919 - 1959)*
  Betty Lou Colvin McQuerry (1928 - 1996)*
  Shirley Marie Colvin Snow (1935 - 2014)*
  John Evans Colvin (1880 - 1919)*
  Harry Cyrus Colvin (1886 - 1920)*
  Walter Roy Colvin (1888 - 1959)*
  Myrtle Alice Colvin Lynch (1890 - 1970)*
  Ralph Alfred Colvin (1893 - 1958)*
  Robert Ingersoll Colvin (1895 - 1994)
  Henry Ward Beecher Colvin (1898 - 1991)*
  Elsie Catherine Colvin Arp (1902 - 1989)*
  James Melvin Colvin (1909 - 1989)*
*Calculated relationship
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