Robert Pollock “Rob” Campbell

Robert Pollock “Rob” Campbell

Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio, USA
Death 6 Oct 1916 (aged 61)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot Section 19, Lot 12 with wife Isabella
Memorial ID 90858555 · View Source
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He was a bookbinder by trade.

Son and oldest child of Thomas Campbell and his first wife, Margaret Smith. Baptized August 5, 1855 at Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Zanesville, Ohio by Fr. C. P. Montgomery, O.P. (ex-Provincial), with sponsors James Smith and Alice Mort.

In 1876 a Zanesville bindery firm "passed under the control of Robert Campbell, a skilled workman" which was where he was working when he married Isabella Ellen ("Nell," "Ella") Emery in Zanesville on October 30, 1879. In the 1883 Zanesville city directory he was listed as: "Campbell Robert P, (The Times Co) rooms 52 Zane House Block," the Times being a local Zanesville newspaper.

They had four children: Clarence Roy Campbell (1886-1969), Robert Pollock Campbell Jr. (1889- ), Ruth Emery Campbell Fisher (1891-1972), and a child who died before the 1900 census.

Robert, Jr. and Roy were born in Zanesville, Ohio. The family moved to Lima, Ohio, where Ruth was born. They left Lima after about two years and went to Muncie, Indiana, where Robert Campbell started a printing and binding business with Arthur Earl Boyce and M. M. Boyce. A. E. Boyce was a printer and Campbell did the binding; they had a big business in blank books, ledgers, etc.

During this period two-year-old Ruth Campbell had her portrait painted by local Muncie artist J. Ottis Adams, as payment for rebinding some books he couldn't afford to pay cash for.

The Boyce-Campbell Company was incorporated November 1, 1899 for $2,000, "occupying a room on the second floor of a down-town business block containing less than one thousand square feet of floor space. The equipment consisted of an old style brass frame ruling machine, a broken down lever paper cutter and a handful of stock."

"On February 12, 1900, the Hoosier Printing Company was incorporated, its first officers being G. N. Patterson, president; Robert P. Campbell, vice-president; W. H. Besack, secretary; and A. Earl Boyce, treasurer and general manager. This company consolidated the plants of the W. H. Besack Printing Company and the Boyce-Campbell Company. Two ground floor rooms were then taken and the capacity of the business more than doubled. In July of the same year W. H. Besack sold his interest in the company as did Mr. Campbell in May of the following year, to A. Earl Boyce." (Walden's Stationer and Printer, March 11, 1907). (Today this company has persisted and evolved in the digital world to become Boyce Forms/Systems of Daleville, Indiana.)

The family next moved to Chicago where Robert Pollock had gone before and found work. They lived in a five-room apartment on Diverse Bouldevard facing Orchard Street for about three years. Then in 1906 they bought a home at 1318 Glenlake Avenue in the North Edgewater neighborhood.

Robert and his wife were members of the Granville Avenue Presbyterian Church for many years until his death in 1916.

He was buried October 9, 1916.

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Robert P. Campbell
Born Zanesville Ohio
July 27, 1855
Died Chicago Ill.
Oct. 6, 1916

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