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Title: William Wallace Robb
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But few men in Warren county, Indiana, have witnessed the phenomenal changes that have taken place within the limits of the county within the past seventy-five years and still live to narrage their experiences from the early pioneer days up to the present hour of an advanced civilization, as does William Wallace Robb, the venerable subject of this biographical mention, and now a highly respected retired farmer in Washington township.

Mr. Robb, who owns a fine farm of one hundred and sixty acres, situated about one and one-quarter miles west of Williamsport, was born on June 20, 1837, and is the son of William and Abi (Higginbotham) Robb. The father was a native of Mercer county, Pennsylvanie, and the mother of Brown county, Ohio. They came to Fountain county, Indiana, in 1829, remaining there one year, and then came to Warren county, locating three-quarters of a mile west of Williamsport, where the Bush farm is located. On that farm the subject of this sketch was born, in a pioneer log cabin and amid primitive surroundings. He secured his education is the schools of that period, his vacation periods and morning and evening hours being spent in work on the farm. He engaged for a time in teaching school in this county, and then for a short period was engaged in the general mercantile business, but eventually he returned to agriculture as his permanent vocation. He started out on a comparatively modest scale, the first peice of land which he bought, and which is now a part of the homestead, comprising seventy acres. To this he added ninety acres and then one hundred acres, which latter he subsequently gave to his daughter, Mrs. Lona Shannon. Mr. Robb during his active years was a hard-working, energetic and persistent worker, leaving no stone unturned in his efforts to create a good home. In this effort he was in Washington township. Mr. and Mrs. Robb, after many years of hard, unremitting toil, were enabled to relinquish the labors of the farm to other and younger hands and are now living in honorable retirement.

On November 8, 1862, Mr. Robb was united in marriage with Mary c. French, the daughter of Samuel and Mary C. (Bowlus) French, and to them were born two children, Lona and Henry H. Lona is the widow of John A. Shannon, who met his death in a railroad accident near Fowler. They had two children, Rollin Robb and Rainey Harper. Samuel French was a native of Vermillion county, Indiana, and his wife of Hagerstown, Maryland. He was educated in Vermillion county, and followed the vocation of farming and stock raising. He took premiums on stock shipped to Chicago and was an up-to-date man. He was self made, starting with nothing, and at the time of his death he was the owner of six hundred acres of land. He married Mary C. Bowlus, and their children were as follows: Louis, a farmer of Fountain county, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this work; Mary Cleantha, wife of the subject; Henry S., who died on December 23, 1900. Samuel French moved to Warren county when a young man and spent his life here, dying on May 27, 1887, at the age of sixty-four years. She was a member of the Christian church.

Politically, Mr. Robb has been a life-long supporter of the Democratic party and, though advanced in years, he still takes a live interest in public affairs. Mr. and Mrs. Robb's religious membership is with the Christian church, to which they have belonged for fifty years. He early established a reputation for industry, honesty, integrity, prudence and judgment, such as few attain. His common sense and foresight, together with the traits above enumerated, enabled him to establish a career highly successful in all its parts. He accumulated wealth in an honorable way and dealt with his fellow men in a manner that always won for him their high regard and confidence.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001129
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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