EUGENE B. ROBIE, proprietor of a gristmill in the village of Eaton, was born
October 8, 1862, in the town of Eaton, a son of George W. and Emily (Brown) Robie. George W. Robie was born in Vermont, and came from that State to Madison County, New York, when a growing lad, with his father, Jonathan Robie, who settled with his family in Georgetown early in this century. Mr. Jonathan Robie and his wife each lived to be about seventy-five years old. Of the ten children reared by them, only two now survive.
George W. Robie continued to reside in Georgetown with his father for a number of years after coming to this State, in the mean time securing a good education and learning the trade of a millwright. On leaving the parental roof, he began life for himself by working at his trade, going to the town of Eaton and erecting the grist-mill at Pierce's Mills. After remaining in this place a number of years, he removed to the village of Eaton, and while residing there was elected by his Republican friends Superintendent of the Poor--a position which he held nine years. During the later years of his life he and his son, Eugene B., were partners in the grist-mill at Eaton. He was always an active, honest, industrious man, and highly esteemed by all who knew him. His death occurred April 23, 1891, in the village of Eaton. His wife, who was born in 1833, died October 30, 1890. They reared a family of four children, all of whom are still living, namely: George L., teller in a bank at Morrisville; Eugene B.; Addie, wife of LeRoy Bonney, of Syracuse; and William, who resides in the village of Eaton.
Eugene B. Robie was reared in the village of Eaton, and educated at the union schools of that place. At the age of sixteen he entered the drug store of Mead & Hamlin, and followed the drug business about ten years. On November 11, 1885, he married Miss Fannie Snell, who was born May 13, 1862, in New Haven, Oswego County, N.Y., and is a daughter of Lyman D. and Malinda Snell. Her father, a prosperous farmer of Oswego County, was born in 1834, her mother in 1839. They are the parents of three children; namely, Fannie, Carrie, and Fred. Mr. and Mrs. Snell are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and in polities Mr. Snell is a Republican.
Since his marriage Mr. Robie has resided in the village of Eaton. In 1887 he became engaged in the grist-mill with his father, buying the entire business in 1890, and running it until 1892, when he sold it. Mr. Robie has always been a Republican in politics, and, though not caring for official position or preferment, was elected Town Clerk in
1890, and served till May, 1893. Mr. and Mrs. Robie are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and are highly respected in the community. They have two children, Harry E. and Nina L. The family live together comfortably and happily in their beautiful home in the village of Eaton.
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