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            In a profession demanding keen intellectual powers and untiring application Lyman P. Robertson has made continued progress which has brought him to the fore in legal circles of southern California at El Centro, and now is assistant counsel for the Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company in Los Angeles.  He was born in Apalachicola, Florida, February 19, 1899, a son of Joseph E. Robertson, also a native of that state, in which four generations of the Robertson family have flourished and helped to shape the history of the western part of Florida.  Joseph E. Robertson was engaged in the lumber business for many years and built up a fine business.  He later engaged in the automobile parts business successfully for a number of years, and is now living retired at Tampa, Florida.  The wife, Amanda (Roberts) Robertson passed away June 6, 1927.  There were seven children in their family of which Lyman P. is the third in order of birth.

            Following his graduation from the Jacksonville high school, Lyman P. Robertson attended the John B. Stetson University at DeLand, Florida, and next enrolled in the University of Arizona at Tucson, where he received the LL. B. degree in 1927.  Admitted to the bar of California in 1929, he began practice in Los Angeles in connection with the Bank of Italy, and in 1930 went to the Imperial Valley as assistant trust officer of the Bank of Italy National Trust and Savings Association, now the Bank of America.  He became well established in the law as a member of the firm of Hickcox, Trude & Robertson at El Centro, continuing there until in November, 1933, when he became connected with the Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company in Los Angeles.

            At Etiwanda, California, in 1931, Mr. Robertson was married to Miss Mercedes Frost.  She was born in San Bernardino county the daughter of John Frost, one of the pioneer settlers and merchants of Etiwanda.  While in the Imperial Valley Mrs. Robertson served as secretary of the Imperial Valley Women’s University Club.  Mr. Robertson is a member of Oasis Lodge No. 664, F. & A. M., at El Centro; also the Sigma Alpha Epsilon and the Phi Alpha Delta fraternities.  His marked mental activity is supplemented by the habit of thoroughness in everything he undertakes and he never neglects the broad principles which make the study and practice of law one of the most useful and uplifting pursuits of mankind.




Transcribed by Joyce Rugeroni.

Source: California of the South Vol. V, by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 263-264, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles,  Indianapolis.  1933.

© 2012  Joyce Rugeroni.






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