Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
AUGUSTUS E. ROBINSON, who
resides about one mile north from Fairview, is one of the leading orchardists
of the Columbia valley. He has ten acres devoted to apples, peaches,
apricots, plums, grapes and berries, with water right sufficient to handle
a farm of forty-three acres. His orchard is a veritable picture and
produces as fine fruit as can be found in the world. Spokane, Seattle
and Wenatchee are his shipping points and Mr. Robinson does a good business.
Augustus E. Robinson was born in Rochester,
Wisconsin, December 27, 1850, the son of James and Elizabeth (Sweet) Robinson,
natives of Vermont. Our subject completed his education in the academy
of Owatonna, Minnesota whence the family had moved from Wisconsin.
After school days, he learned harness making and established himself in
business at Long Prairie and began harness making and remained there until
1898, in which year he moved to his present place in Douglas county.
Since coming here, Mr. Robinson has given his whole time and attention
to the culture of fruit and to the study of the science of fruit raising.
The result is that he is one of the best posted men of the county and is
thoroughly practical in all his efforts. Mr. Robinson has one sister,
Mrs. Emma Wyman.
On July 13, 1873, while in Minnesota, Mr.
Robinson married Miss Luella Coons. Her father was a native of Pennsylvania
and a pioneer to Ohio. She was born in Little Sandusky, Ohio, on
May 23, 1856 and has one sister, Mrs. J. H. McNeice. Mr. and Mrs.
Robinson have two children, Earl A., born on August 25, 1886 and Clair
T., born July 25, 1888, both at Long Prairie, Minnesota. Mr. Robinson
was a charter member of the I. O. O. F. at Long Prairie and for twelve
years served as secretary of his lodge. He also passed all the chairs
of the same and is now a member of the M. W. A. He is a Methodist
at heart but belongs to no denomination at the present time.