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 Thomas D. Robertson

Thomas D. Robertson

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland
Death 4 Feb 1902 (aged 83)
Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois, USA
Burial Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 27762727 · View Source
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Morning Star (Rockford, IL), pg. 5, Wednesday, February 5, 1902
Death Takes Honored Pioneer
T. D. Robertson Is No More

Thomas D. Robertson breathed his last at his home in North Main street at 2:25 o'clock yesterday afternoon.

Funeral services will be held at the house at 2:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon, the Rev. P. M. Snyder officiating assisted by the Rev. H. L. Martin.

The honorary pall-bearers have been selected as follows: John Lake, Gilbert Woodruff, Ralph Emerson, Robert Smith, John Barnes, William Lathrop, Benjamin Blakeman, A. D. Forbes. The active pall-bearers will be: E. P. Lathrop, A. D. Early, H. N. Starr, C. S. Brantingham, George Spafford, N. F. Thompson.

The death of Mr. Robertson removes one who was in many senses a builder of the city, which he saw grow from a place of a few cabins to one of 35,000 people. There are few people now living who gazed upon the settlement called Rockford as early as he did. Sixty-four years represent the span of his residence here and in all this time, or until the physical weakness which came upon him by reason of his age, he represented the very fibre of the development of this section of the state. The measure of his worth to the community in his long career as one of its most active citizens would indeed be hard to estimate. It is certain that no one man contributed more to its progress or none was quicker to recognize and assist those movements which tended to the welfare of his fellows. Looking back on his long career one finds it illuminated by a high sense of honor; the career of one, who, having helped blazed the way, took care that noble life should be the precept of the generations to come.

The younger generation knew Mr. Robertson only as an honored old citizen, but to their elders his passing is a matter of much sentiment. there are in the local business world today men who, as boys, frequently came in contact with him, some in his Sunday school classes, or as young men in business relations. They pay a fine tribute to his sturdy manhood, his democratic ways and his quiet generosity. He was a good and true friend to the deserving young men. He was a kindly counselor of his Sunday school boys, always helpful and full of friendly interest. Shrewd in his business afairs, as his great sucess indicates, he was yet the soul of honor. He gave freely to deserving educational and religious enterprises all his liff, but always without ostention. As a leading business man he had the entire confidence of all who came in contact with him.

Mr. Robertson will ever have an important place in Rockford's history. He has left his impress on its institutions; on the very character of the city to which he was so loyal.

Mr. Robertson was thrice married. His first wife was Elizabeth A. Taylor of Ballston Spa, N. Y., to whom he was married May 19, 1843. Two (note: it should be five, three died young) children were born of this marriage, William Taylor Robertson of this city and Mrs. David N. Starr of Clearwater Harbor, Fla. The second wife of dececedent was Sarah A. Stewart, to whom he was married May 28, 1879. His third wife, who survives him, was Harriet P. Wheeler.

Mr. and Mrs. D. N. Starr arrived from Florida last night.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 27762727
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas D. Robertson (4 Mar 1818–4 Feb 1902), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27762727, citing Greenwood Cemetery, Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Mookie (contributor 47515129) .