Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Here's To You, Mrs. Robinson

One hundred years ago today, Sara Robinson, an original settler of the Kansas Territory and wife of first Kansas governor Charles Robinson, passed away at her home at the age of 84. She was born July 12, 1827 in Belchertown, Massachusetts. In 1949 she began seeing Dr. Charles Robinson and the two married October 30, 1851.

When the Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed in 1854, they committed themselves to the abolitionist cause and moved out to Kansas, Dr. Robinson arriving in July 1854 and Sara arriving in the Spring of 1855. Sara wasn't fond of life out in Kansas and spent a lot of time visiting relatives back east. The Robinsons had no children and eventually contributed much of their estate to the University of Kansas including most of where the main campus is now.

Dr. Robinson passed away in 1894 and Sara remained at their house, Oak Ridge, until her death in 1911. The house burned down in 1992.

So far all Brutus and Gladys have been fighting about is who's right and who's wrong. Are they actually arguing about something or do the Thornapples just constantly argue over who is right.

And you know they are fighting over either some kind of food or something one of them read on Wikipedia that wasn't properly sourced.