††††††††††† Forty-six years covers the period of Mr. Robertsonís connection with California and its interests.† Since 1854 he has been a resident of the Mountain Spring District of Amador County and has witnessed its wonderful growth and improvement, withholding not substantial assistance from the various movements and measures which have contributed to its welfare and progress.† He is widely and favorably known to nearly all of the old settlers in this section of the state, and many will read his life history with interest.
††††††††††† A native of Canada, he was born in Westmeath County, near Pembrook, on the 23rd of November, 1839, and is of Highland Scotch ancestry.† His father, Alexander Robertson, was born in the highlands of Scotland and when a young man crossed the broad Atlantic to Canada, where he met, wooed and married Miss Margaret Otterson, a native of Nova Scotia and of English lineage.† He died in the fifty-fourth year of his age, leaving a widow and four sons and seven daughters, who came to California.† She lived to be seventy-eight years of age, dying at her home in Amador County.† Her husband had been a strict Presbyterian in religious faith, while she was a devout Methodist.† There were eleven children in their family, seven of whom are yet living.
††††††††††† Mr. Robertson of this review was but fifteen years of age when he came to California with his mother and the other children of the family.† Prior to that time he had pursued his education in the public schools of his native land.† Two of his motherís brothers had persuaded them to seek a home in the Golden state, and by way of the Panama route they made the voyage to San Francisco.† Although only a boy, Mr. Robertson began placer mining in El Dorado County, following that pursuit through the winter and following spring, with only moderate success.† He afterward went to school for a short time.† Quartz mining was then a new industry, not much known.† The family took a ranch of three hundred and twenty acres, and he then engaged in farming and stockraising.† In 1860 he came to Ione and secured employment in a gristmill.† For twenty-eight years he followed that pursuit, becoming perfectly familiar both in principle and detail with the work of manufacturing flour.† For three years he was employed in Nevada, where he received five dollars a day for his services, but in 1863 he put aside all personal considerations to enter the Union Army during the Civil War.† He joined Company C, Seventh California Volunteer Infantry, and served against the Indians in Arizona until the close of the war, being stationed most of the time at Fort Mohave, engaged in escorting supplies to the interior.† He served as first duty sergeant and received an honorable discharge in 1865.† Disease contracted in the service has greatly undermined his health, and the government, recognizing its indebtedness to him, grants him a pension, to which he is justly entitled.
††††††††††† Mr. Robertson is now engaged in quartz mining and owns a third interest in a gold bearing property three and a half miles northeast of Ione.† The ore is very rich and they have three hundred tons on the dump and are erecting a mill in order to separate it from the rock.† His property joins the Erzula mine and is considered very valuable by mining experts.† Whatever success he has achieved in life is due entirely to his own efforts, his close application, resolute purpose and untiring energy, and is certainly well merited.
††††††††††† In 1877 Mr. Robertson was united in marriage to Miss Maria M. Lininger, a native of Ohio and of German descent.† She is a daughter of Christian Lininger, who was an early settler of California but is now deceased.† They have had four children:† George L., Mabel G., Edgar and Elizabeth Miller.† They have also reared an adopted son, Wesley Walker.† Mrs. Robertson is a Seventh Day Adventist.† Mr. Robertson is connected with no religious denomination, but is a valued member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, in which he is serving as overseer.† In politics he is a staunch Republican, earnest in his advocacy of the party and its principles, and though he has never been an aspirant for office he keeps well informed on the issues of the day and is thus able to give an intelligent support to the measures he supports.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010† Gerald Iaquinta.