The Oregonian (Portland Oregon) July 4, 1913 Page 4 Morrow Farmer Killed Runaway Near Ione Results Fatally to R. W. Robison Ione, Or. July 2~R. W. Robison was killed two miles east of town in a runaway last evening as he was returning to his home at Eight Mile, where he was postmaster, from this place.As he approached the Lindsey ranch, his team bolted and Mr. Robison was thrown out of the hack; his head struck a boulder, breaking his neck. Mr. Robison was 60 years old and a representative farmer and citizen of Morrow county.
Heppner Gazette Times (Heppner, Oregon) Thursday, July 10, 1913 Page 3 It was quite a shock to the whole community on hearing of the sudden death of R. W. Robison. Mr. Robison got his groceries at the Walker store about 4:30 in the evening and was jolly and jovial as usual. He then started home. It seems that when he got directly in fron t of Alex Lindsay's house about two miles above Ione, his team from no apparent reason began kicking, and whether Mr. Robison was thrown out or tried to jump out we did not learn, but on hitting the ground he struck a rock with his head, killing him. It is sad to have such men as Mr. Robison taken away from amongst us. Our sincerest sympathy goes to his bereaved family.
Heppner Gazette Times (Heppner, Oregon) Thursday, July 10, 1913 Page 5 R. W. Robison A large concourse of people, residents of Morrow county attended the funeral services at teh cemetery near Hardman last Sunday of R. W. Robison, one of Morrow county's prominent citizens. Atfer a hym at the house by the Christian church choir the funeral cortege winded its way to the cemetery at Hardman. The services at the grave were conducted by M. L. Cass of Heppner.The choir rendered several hymns. Mr. J. D. Stevens of Portland, in a short address dwelt onthe many virtues of the deceased and spoke feelingly of his many good qualities.A prayer by Mr. Frank Barlow, a friend and neighbor closed the tribute and the audience dispersed sorrowfully to their homes. Mr. Robison was born in McNairy County, Tenn., May 13, 1852. Mr. Robison, a lad of 10, was within a few miles of Shiloh during that battle and distinctly remembered the booming fo the cannon and roar of musketry.An older brother was killed during that campaign. From his home he went in '73 to Arkansas and after a residence of three years there moved to Missouri near Springfield. A lapse of two years found him still moving westward to Kansas, Harper county, and in May '85 started overland for Oregon, where, the same year with his family and teams, he stopped at Eight-Mile , camping in the fields near his present home where his family now resides. During the first years of Mr. Robisons residence in Morrow county he had a hard struggle but his courageous will and cheerful temper surmounted any and all obstacles and his life has been an exemplary one that can, with profit be patterned. Mr. Robison had been postmaster at Eight Mile for ten years, and his home has been the center of meetings in the neighborhood.A man of cheerful disposition, fine intelligence, open heartedness and general good will to all, he will be missed as few others. The county has lost one of its best and noblest citizens. He is survived by a widow and seven children, Montie, Tyndall, Lotus, Mrs. Ollie Cox, Mrs. Mamie Shamheart, Walter Robison and Mrs. Josephine Chappell, and eight grandchildren.
The Oregonian (Portland Oregon) July 18, 1913 Page 11 Post Master of Eight Mile Killed in Accident, Pioneeer of Morrow County One of the earliest settlers in Morrow County was R. W. Robinson, postmaster of Eight-Mile, who was killed on Wednesday, July 2. He located near Ione in 1883 and for 20 years was postmaster. His funeral was one of the largest ever held in that vicinity. Mr. Robison leaves a widow, seven children andeight grandchildren.