Robert McLean Carson

Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 21 Oct 1988 (aged 89)
Sun City, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 175692569 · View Source
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Biography taken from
"Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature" by Linda Lear

Like his older sister [Marian], Robert McLean Carson never went beyond the tenth grade in school. He worked in a radio repair shop for a short time and, in November 1917, volunteered for the Army Air Service and was sent to an air station in Texas. In the spring of 1918, Robert's squadron, the 1st Air Park, was sent to France and participated in the battles of Champaigne, St.-Mihiel, and Meuse-Argonne.
Discharged in August 1919, Robert went back to Springdale quite cocky and full of himself. He found work at an electrical repair company in nearby Oakmont, Pennsylvania. Although he moved back home after he was discharged, he frequently stayed with friends during the week. The next year Robert joined his father and sister at West Penn Power, where he was an electrician's assistant. Robert was popular with the young women of Springdale and enjoyed an active social life. He was not only carefree but reportedly somewhat dissolute. A. W. Kennedy, one of his Springdale buddies, recalled that Robert was "the only man I knew who would steal chickens from his own mother."

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  • Created by: Dan Scott
  • Added: 25 Jan 2017
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