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Although by no means one of the earliest settlers of California nor a pioneer in the accepted meaning of that term, Mr. Robb claims the honor of having been identified with the state ever since the year 1871. With the exception of a brief period of railroad employment in Nevada, he has remained in the state ever since the time of his arrival, and he dates his residence in Sacramento from 1875, when he established a home in this city and entered upon a residential connection with the town that has continued up to the present time. Railroading has been his chosen occupation in life, and until his retirement from the service he was counted one of the most popular and efficient conductors on the Southern Pacific system, for his long experience, innate courtesy and broad intelligence admirably qualified him for the many responsibilities of the position.

 Born in McHenry county. Ill., January 8, 1848, Mr. Robb is a son of William Scott and Rowena (Whittemore) Robb, natives of Peterboro, N. H., and New York state respectively. As a boy he attended public and private schools in the home neighborhood, and when eighteen years of age he began to give his entire attention to the task of assisting in the cultivation of his father's farm. During October of 1870 he married Miss Candace Snyder, a young lady who was born in Cuba, N. Y., but from the age of thirteen was reared in McHenry county, Ill., and who enjoys with him the warm esteem of their circle of acquaintances. Shortly after his marriage and when twenty-three years of age he came to California and settled at Emigrant Gap, Placer county, where he engaged in mining for six months. From there he went to Reno, Nev., and secured employment with the Central Pacific Railroad Company. Returning at the expiration of one year to Emigrant Gap, he continued to work as fireman on the Central Pacific road for two years, with headquarters at that point. Next he was transferred to a run out of Sacramento as brakeman and after eighteen months he was promoted to be conductor on a freight train. When the name of the road was changed to the Southern Pacific he continued among the old and valued employes, and in recognition of efficiency of service received promotion from conductor on a freight route, where he had been for seven years, to the charge of a passenger train. From that time until his resignation in January, 1909, he continued among the most trusted and honored of the employes of the company.

 The family of Mr. and Mrs. Robb consisted of two daughters, the younger of whom. Miss Mary, resides with her parents at the family home. No. 2030 Twenty-third street, Sacramento. The older daughter, Myrtie Rowena, is the wife of D. W. Carmichael, a prominent real estate agent residing in Sacramento. For years Mr. Robb took a very warm interest and an active part in the Order of Railway Conductors. Politically he has been staunch in his allegiance to the Re- publican party, but owing to the nature of his life occupation it never was possible for him to hold official positions or identify himself prominently with public affairs, hence his association with the city has been that of a private citizen only, one who is desirous of advancing the general welfare and who possesses a firm faith in ultimate civic prosperity. During the period of his railroad service he invested in oil lands and real estate, and since his retirement he has devoted considerable attention to the supervision of these interests. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011