Muncie, Ind.; George Robinson used to work at Hemingray

[Trade Journal]

Publication: American Flint

Toledo, OH, United States
vol. 31, no. 6, p. 42,49, col. 1-2,2-3





By Clyde Hamilton


Hello, everybody, here we go again with what is supposed to be news from the "Typical American City of Muncie." I see we have the beloved "Whitey" Baker back in our midst. I do not know if he has moved his "anvil" back to stay this time or not, but may his stay be a pleasant one in the "blacksmith shop," as he called the mould repair upon leaving here a while back for a short stay in Ceredo and Dunbar, W. Va.

We were honored with a visit recently by one of our apprentice boys, Howard Williams, who has been in the armed services for some time, and to James Mullen, also in the armed service, wherever you may be the best of luck from all here at home, James.

Bill, I am herewith submitting a picture of George Robinson, who was 96 years young on Monday, May 25, 1942.


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Mr. Robinson is one of the oldest pioneers of the A. F. G. W. U., helped organize the glass workers' union and was a charter member. He was born at Concord, N. H., and started working in a glass factory at the young age of eight at Wheeling, W. Va., as carrying-in boy, taking his wages in flour. He later worked in Bellaire, Ohio; Findlay, Ohio; Morgantown, W. Va., coming to Albany at the time of the gas boom. Later he worked at Muncie at Hemingray and Ball Bros. His last place of employment, however, was at Gas City, Ind. Mr. Robinson extends to all his friends of the trade his greetings.

Mr. Robinson, Delaware County's last veteran of the Civil War, was unable to participate in the Memorial Day services this year due to him becoming quite feeble in the past year. He spends most of his time in bed at the home of his daughter, Mrs. James Zehner, 1503 W. Sixth Street, Muncie, Ind. He has a fair appetite and aside from his vision and hearing is all right. Mrs. Zehner said, "There is nothing wrong with him, it is just old age." Mr. Robinson took part in the Memorial Day program last year.

Work is holding out quite well here, and we added to our mould repair Richard Fairall, who hails from Chicago Heights. May your stay be a pleasant one, "Dick," which no doubt is the handle in short.

Our local president, the Honorable John Wesley Evans, has been nominated and elected as delegate to the Sixty-Sixth Convention even though he was defeated in the city election for city councilman this spring. Maybe you're not so hot at "politickin'" after all, J. W., better stick to moulds.

Well, so long everybody until next month, but let's not wait until next month to buy those War Bonds and Stamps.


Keywords:Hemingray : Need Image
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Researcher:Bob Stahr
Date completed:July 30, 2013 by: Bob Stahr;