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 Co., 1904.
JOHN H. ROBINSON has the distinction
of being one of the very first settlers in the Tipso country. His
farm lies about one and three-fourths miles from Tipso and is second to
none of the good places in the county.
John H. Robinson was born in Nova Scotia on
April 23, 1856, being the son of James and Jane (Holton) Robinson, natives
of England and Canada, respectively. The father came to Canada when
a young man and took up the business of contractor. In 1883, he came
to Washington, and Sprague was his home place until his death. The first
fifteen years of our subject's life were spent in Halifax, where he received
his education, then went to railroading. In 1882, he came to Washington
and wrought on the Northern Pacific, making his headquarters at Sprague.
When he first came to the territory, it was direct to Sprague and he squatted
on a quarter section. Then he went back to railroading and as fast
as he earned money, improved the ranch. He has now three hundred
and sixty acres of good land, plenty of horses and cattle, abundance of
machinery, fine orchard and other improvements. On the place are
a number of very fine springs, which give a continual flow of water for
Mr. Robinson has the following brothers and
sisters, William A., Mrs. Nettie Ramsey, Mrs. Alice Wishard, deceased,
Mrs. Adelaide McGuire, Mrs. Mary Roon, and Mrs. Jessie Jennings.
Mr. Robinson has improved his present holdings
continually by his own efforts and while he has been gaining wealth in
this country he has also won hosts of friends, owing to his geniality ever
expressed in kindness. Mr. Robinson provided for his parents until
their death and since then has never seen fit to enter the matrimonial
relations. He has received the confidence of the entire community
and is a man of first class standing.