Dr. James Wilson Robinson
Dr. J. W. Robinson Answers Summons to His Reward
Dr. James Wilson Robinson passed serenely into the Kingdom of Peace
above at the Mt. Vernon hospital Sunday, March 24, at 4 a. m. after an
illness of short duration. On Sunday, March 17, he made several professional calls
and came home sick, and was stricken with a fatal disease from which he never rallied.
He was the son of Isaac W. and Lavina Robinson, and was born in Long Prairie, on a farm
near Woodlawn, Ill., May 17, 1874, and would have been 55 years old his birthday. He had
lived in Jefferson county all his life, where he attended the public school in Williamsburg,
and he spent two years at Carbondale. After going to college he taught several successful
terms of school. Later he attended Barnes Medical College, from which he graduated April 6, 1897,
with high honors, winning the French medal for surgery. He has been a successful physician in
Waltonville for 32 years, where he practiced over a radius of many miles.
He was married to Anna Elliston April 14, 1903. To this union two sons were born, Dr. Paul Robinson,
a lieutenant in the U.S. army, now stationed at Denver, Colo.; and Ralph, a student in Washington
University, St. Louis, Mo.
Dr. Robinson's greatest ambition was to see his two sons graduate from medical school.
He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Mattie Affolter of Louisville, Colo.; an aged mother who deeply
mourns his untimely going and a large number of relatives and friends. He served as president of
the bank at Waltonville. Again the old mystery is forced upon us: Why in this time time of need
is such a useful man removed from our midst in the prime of life? He was a man of noble character
and noted for his honesty and to quote the words of his aged mother, "a better, more obedient and
lovable son never lived." During the long illness of his father, the late I.W. Robinson, he was so
attentive in administering to his wants that his life was prolonged by his untiring energy. His
loving disposition and his kindness to others were of the highest type.
Submitted by: Cindy Ford