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Transcribed biography of F. H. Robertson


This practical printer and able editor has been familiar with the calling in which he is now engaged for many years, for he served an apprenticeship at the printer's trade before he had attained his thirteenth year. He was born on the 3rd of May, 1843 at Franklin, New Hampshire and the law of the association of ideas caused him to accept the namesake of his natal town as his ideal, and at an early age he entered the office of the "Statesman," of Concord, New Hampshire. At an early day he began to realize the fact that his education was not as good as it should be and in order to better fit himself for his life work he returned to school and completed a course at Sanburn Seminary, now Talburton College, in 1859. In 1865, anticipating the advice of another great printer, he came west and his first journalistic experience here was on the Peoria, (Illinois) "Transcript," after which he was employed on many of the leading papers of Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois. He was at one time proprietor of four papers at Gilman, Illinois and there all his accumulations of years were swept away by fire. Mr. Robertson was attracted to Hebron in the winter of 1892-93 and although several unsuccessful attempts at journalism had been made in that little place, he succeeded in successfully establishing the "Hebron Leader" and impressing upon the people the fact that a newspaper, properly supported, may be made an active factor in the growth of a town. His policy has been to make his paper the best family journal possible, a wide-awake and reliable paper, earnestly devoted to the great principles upon which the Republican party was founded, but independent in utterance and impartial in criticism. His paper never fails to have in its columns something that will interest and attract the reader and something that is of an instructive nature. In fact, be is live newspaper man, progressive and pushing, is always looking for new ideas and has himself originated many. In his business he finds an able assistant in his son, Willie H., who was born April 1, 1874 and who fully understands all the details of the work, for he may be said to have been reared in the business. He is a promising young newspaper man, possesses a keen, clear and vigorous intellect and in the editorial world bids fair to win both fame and fortune for himself. In 1869 Mr. Robertson led to the altar Miss Sarah Harold, of Livingston County, Illinois and Willie H., above mentioned, is the only child of this union. Fraternally Mr. Robertson affiliates with the I. O. O. F.

Source: Goodspeed Brothers. 1894. Pictorial and Biographical Record of La Porte, Porter, Lake and Starke Counties, Indiana. Chicago, Illinois: Goodspeed Brothers. 569 p.
Page(s) in Source: 525-526

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