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Wesley Robb 1855-1924


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 12/3/2010 at 00:19:23

Wesley Robb Passes Away
Prominent Resident of This City Succumbs to Pneumonia in Chicago Hospital

Here for Years
Came to This County in Eighteen-Ninety-Three and Moved to This City Later

Wesley Robb, one of Emmet county’s well known and most highly respected men, passed away last Friday in Chicago where he with his son, Geo., had gone for an operation. Mr Robb had not been in the best of health for sometime past. His complications were such that it was thought best by his local physicians to go to a specialist and Chicago was selected as the one to go to. Soon after he went there he had an operation which seemed to be highly successful His weakened condition was against him and a few days after the operation pneumonia set in and the attack was so severe with his condition as it was, he was unable to withstand the new complication and passed away soon after his wife had arrived in the city. All through his struggle he was conscious of all going on and he could carry on a conversation. The remains were brought to this city on the following day and the funeral services are being held this afternoon.

Wesley Robb was born on February the 13th, 1855 in Grundy County, Ill. He was the youngest of the family having one brother residing in Denver, Colo., and a sister, Mrs. Geo. Butler, of Kankee, Ill. He was united in marriage to Eudora Clow in 1873 and to this union there were six children born. George H. Robb, of this city; Walter E., Watford City, N. Dak.; Olive Rugtiv, of this city; Pearl M. Egbert, of Iowa Falls; Laura Kendall, of Milford; Emmet G., of Miles City; and Mrs. Ida M. Brown, deceased. In the year 1893 the family moved to this county and resided on what is now known as the Robb farm southeast of this city. In 1903 the family moved to this city and have resided on north Seventh street. Mr. Robb has been engaged for years in the stock business and has been a very successful business man. He is a member of the Elks and the K.P. Lodges and has served the city on the council and the school district as a member of the board of education. The funeral services were held from the M.E. church, the Rev. Chipperfield, officiating. The remains were laid to rest in the Oak Hill cemetery. (Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, March 5, 1924)

Wesley Robb Passed Away Last Saturday
Has Been Ill But a Very Short Time
Died in Chicago Hospital
One of the Best Known Men in Emmet County – Prominent in Community Affairs

This community is grieved today over the death of one of its most popular and beloved citizens, Wesley Robb, who passed away Saturday afternoon at 4:30 at the Presbyterian hospital in Chicago after an operation for gall-stones. The message conveying the sad news of his death reached here early in the evening and it caused many tears in the eyes of relatives and endearing friends. Several times during the past two months he had suffered with acute attacks of what seemed stomach trouble but his recent attack was diagnosed as gall-stones by the family physician and two weeks ago last evening he was taken to Chicago for an operation by a specialist. The operation was performed a week ago last Saturday morning and for a few days it seemed like he would recover, but early last Saturday he suddenly grew worse but was conscious until a few moments before he passed away. Mrs. Robb and their son, George H., were at his bedside when the end came.

Wesley Robb will not only be missed by his family and relatives but many good friends who sought his companionship grieve his sudden demise. He was a man of excellent habits, good to his family and admired by all who knew him. During his thirty years’ residence in this city had held many positions of trust. For many years he served as member of the city council and the school board and took an active part in the building up of Estherville and improving this community. It was the writer’s good fortune to have known him long and well and as a true friend there was none better. He was born in Grundy county, Ill., on February 13, 1855, and was sixty-nine ears and sixteen days of age at the time of his death. In 1879 he was married to Miss Eudora Clow at Morris, Ill., and they resided there until 1893, when they came to Emmet county to make their home. He invested in land in Denmark, Estherville and Emmet townships and was still the holder of 1,300 acres of Emmet county land. He believed in the future of the county and men of his stability are the ones who make a community. After coming to this county he farmed southeast of town for nine years and then moved into the city and followed the business of stock buying until his death.

Besides the kind and loving wife he leaves six children to mourn his sudden departure one daughter, Mrs. Ida M. Brown, preceded him to that heavenly home. He was a member of the Elks and Knights of Pythias orders of this city and his death is greatly mourned by all.

Funeral services were held in the Methodist church this afternoon, conducted by the pastor, Rev. R. T. Chipperfield, and his remains laid to rest in Oak Hill cemetery.

The living children are: George H. Robb and Mrs. Olive Rugtiv, of this city; Walter E. Robb, of Walford City, N. Dak.; Mrs. Pearl Egbert, Iowa Falls; Mrs. Laura Kendall, of Milford, and Emmet Robb, Miles City, Mont. They were all present at the funeral this afternoon. The sympathy of the community is extended the bereaved wife and family during their hours of profound sorrow. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, March 5, 1924)

Wesley Robb Dies Saturday Following Serious Operation
Had Resided in County Thirty One Years and Was One of Most Highly Respected Citizens
End Came in Chicago – Funeral Services at Methodist Church Wednesday

Wesley Robb, for thirty one years a resident of this county, passed away at a Chicago hospital Saturday night, March 1st. He had gone to that city for an operation from which he had rallied somewhat, when pneumonia set in. This in his weakened condition he was unable to resist and brought about his death.

His son, George, was with him at the time of his operation, and his wife arrived Saturday morning.

The deceased was born in Grundy County, Illinois, on February 13, 1855, and was sixty-nine years and nineteen days at the time of his death. He was married in 1879 to Eudora Clow. On March 1, 1893 he with his family moved to Emmet county living on the farm southeast of Estherville on which his son George now resides, living there until 1903 when for better educational advantages for his children he purchased the home on North Seventh street.

Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Robb, one passing away in infancy and the oldest daughter, Mrs. Ida Brown about a year ago. The six surviving children are George H. of Estherville; Walter E. of Watford City, N.D.; Mrs. Olive Rugtiv of Estherville; Mrs. Pearl Egbert of Iowa Falls; Emmet of Miles City, Mont.; and Mrs. Laura Kendall of Milford. There are thirteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Mr. Robb had always performed his full duty as a citizen. He rendered faithful service as a member of the city council, and was for nine years a valued member of the Board of Education. It was while Mr. Robb was a member of the board that the new high school building was erected.

He belonged to the K. of P. and Elks lodges.

His life meant much to the community and in his passing Estherville loses one of her most substantial citizens as well as one who was greatly beloved by all who knew him.

Funeral services are being held this Wednesday afternoon from the Methodist church and interment made in Oak Hill cemetery. (Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, March 5, 1924)


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