|Birth: ||Jul. 15, 1847|
|Death: ||Jul. 14, 1927|
HEADSTONE gives death date as July 15 1927. Obituary indicates July 14.
OBITUARY Iron County Reporter July 15 1927 "John A. Robinson, Last West Side Civil War Veteran, Dies" with photo
John A. Robinson, 80, the last representative of the Grand Army of the Republic in the west side of Iron county, died at 11:40 yesterday noon in a Chicago hospital following an operation which was performed with the view of correcting a bladder ailment with which he had been suffering for the past year. Mr. Robinson was taken to Chicago about two weeks ago and he submitted to a preliminary operation at that time. Several other operations had been performed on him for the same trouble during the last year.
Mr. Robinson, since his arrival in Iron River about 15 years ago, had come to be a well known figure in this vicinity. He was a veteran of the Civil War, but saw only a few months of service on the western frontier in 1864 near the close of the war.
SOLDIER AT 17 He was only 17 years old when he joined the colors in February 1864, and being too young to be dispatched to the battle field, he participated in the quelling of Indian disturbances in the west.
After his discharge from the army in November, 1864, he became employed as a fireman on the Rock Island railway, became an engineer, and later resigned to become a superintendent of a lumber company at LaPeer, Mich.
Later he was assigned to the upper peninsula, settling at Thompson, where he entered upon a career of railway construction. In 1906 he was made general manager of the Manistique and Northern railway, which now is part of the Ann Arbor railway and ferry lines.
CAME HERE IN 1912 He was associated with the railroad until 1911, after which he came to Iron River in connection with the development of the Peninsular Power company. He retired to private life several years ago.
Decedent is survived by his second wife, Beulah Robinson, one son, Charles A. Robinson, proprietor of the Iron Inn. A daughter died in infancy. Three half brothers and two half sisters also survive. They are: Carleton Mason, Nebraska; Joseph T. Mason, Iron River and Harry Mason, Denver, Colo.; Mrs. Mary Bartlett, Mendota, Ill., and Mrs. Emma Morrison, Dickson, Ill. Mr. Robinson's first wife died many years ago and is buried in the family lot in Manistique.
Funeral services will be held Sunday [July 17] afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the First Presbyterian church, of Iron River. The Rev. Milo Filipi, pastor, will be in charge. Interment will be at Resthaven.
The Legion posts of Iron River, Stambaugh, and Caspian will combine in forming a military escort and the commanders of each post have requested the members to report at their respective headquarters in uniform.
FUNERAL NOTICE Iron River Reporter July 19 1927 "Military Rites For Robinson: Impressive Last Rites For J.A. Robinson Largely Attended"
Impressive ceremonies marked the military funeral of John A. Robinson, 80, Iron River's beloved veteran of the Civil War, who died last Thursday [July 14] noon in Chicago. Services were held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon from the late home and at 2:30 from First Presbyterian church, the Rev. Milo Filipi in charge.
Legion posts of Iron River, Stambaugh, and Caspian were well represented in the funeral cortege, which moved in solemn stateliness from the Robinson home to the church.
The Legion banners and the stars and stripes, escorted by a guard, headed the procession, followed by the Caspian band which played funeral marches almost continually. Next in line was the Legion firing squad, heading a delegation of 50 to 75 Legionnaires, some in uniform, some wearing only the regulation Legion cap.
The hearse, bearing the flag draped casket, was escorted by six pallbearers, five of them members of the Masonic order, which was in charge of the services at the cemetery. Behind the hearse marched a large delegation of Masons who were followed by the cars bearing the mourners.
"Let not your hearts be troubled. In my Father's house there are many mansions and I go to prepare for you a place. If it were not so I would have told you."
From that text the Rev. Mr. Filipi offered a short sermon of hope and comfort.
A quartet composed of Conrad and Guy M. Cox, George Bradfield and Leonard P. Diederichs sang "Lead Kindly Light". Following the reading of the text Guy and Connie Cox sang a duet "I Come To Thee". As the body was being removed from the church "Lead Kindly Light" was softly played by a brass quartet consisting of M.A. Trams, cornet; Pearl Watts and F.P. Hale, baritones and Joy Lace, French horn.
The Masonic funeral ritual was carried out at Resthaven cemetery after which three volleys by the Legion firing squad tendered final homage to a departed comrade.
Pallbearers were William Truran, William Collins, Harry Rogers, Clarence Jaedecke, William Bengry and D.P. LaRoux, the latter of Crystal Falls. Among those from out of the city who attended the services were: Mrs. John T. Rich, LaPeer; Mr. and Mrs. Irving Smith, Miss Pearl Smith, Niagara, Wis.; Mrs. Wesley Gillighan and Mrs. Ernest Shinas, Manistique; Mr. and Mrs. John Tynan, Fond du Lac.
OBITUARY for former Michigan Governor 1893-1897 John T. Rich in Iron River Reporter March 30 1926 says John A. Robinson is his cousin. Rich was born in Conneautville, Pennsylvania (age 85 = born 1841).
Beulah Olivia Robinson (1862 - 1933)
Charles A. Robinson (1872 - 1964)*
Plot: Section 3 Lot 24
Created by: Dale Safford
Record added: Apr 22, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14022945
Thank you for your service.|
Added: Jun. 16, 2015
This person was featured in the 4th annual cemetery tour in west Iron County, held at Resthaven Cemetery in June of 2011. On this 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, he was noted as being a Civil War veteran. May your memory live on.|
Added: Nov. 29, 2014
Added: Apr. 18, 2007