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Robinson, Moses Wallace


Posted By: Marilyn Holmes
Date: 7/23/2017 at 13:23:10

Portrait and Biographical Album of Des Moines County, Iowa
Chicago: Acme Publishing, 1888


Moses W. Robinson, Roadmaster for the Keokuk and Quincy branches of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad since March, 1887, began railroading when seventeen years of age with the Burlington & Missouri road, now incorporated into the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy. He served as brakesman on freight trains between Burlington and Ottumwa, was promoted to conductor in October, 1877, was made extra passenger conductor and served in that capacity until March, 1887, when he was appointed to his present position. Mr. Robinson is a native of the Hawkeye State and was born on his father's farm in Danville Township, Des Moines County, March 22, 1853. His parents, Robert and Frances (Brown) Robinson were among the early settlers of this county, and their sketch appears elsewhere in this work.

Our subject was reared upon a farm, received his education in the district schools, when seventeen years of age began railroading, as before mentioned, and on the 25th of June, 1884, in Burlington, was united in marriage with Miss Lillian M. Garrison. Mrs. Robinson was born in Louisiana, Mo., and is a daughter of Isaac Garrison. One child was born of their union, a daughter, Bessie, who was born in this city. In politics Mr. Robinson is a Democrat. His wife is a member of the South Hill Baptist Church. Mr. Robinson is an efficient and faithful officer, and deserves and enjoys the confidence of his superior officers, as well as the respect and good will of all with whom business or pleasure brings him in contact. He did good service during the late strike in February, 1888, by aiding the management of the road in keeping lines under his care in operation.


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