Thursday, September 1, 2011
William Francis Robbins, 1907 Graduation Photo, possibly Concord, Massachusetts High School
Photograph of a high school graduate identified on reverse as William F. Robbins of the Class of '07 at C.H.S. The photograph was taken by the J. E. Purdy and Company studio of Boston, Massachusetts.
I found a William Francis Robbins who lived at Carlisle, Massachusetts, and who fits the age criteria. I'm not sure if Carlisle had a high school or if William might have graduated from nearby Concord High School.
The reason I'm speculating is that his photograph was found with another, of George William Thompson, also Class of '07 at C.H.S., but he lived at Bedford, Massachusetts. Carlisle and Bedford could have been feeder towns to Concord. Hopefully a reader will have an insight.
From online research, hopefully correct, and hopefully for the correct William F. Robbins depicted in the photograph:
William Francis Robbins was born 25 November 1889 at Carlisle, Massachusetts, the son of Daniel Webster Robbins and wife Elizabeth Luella "Lizzie" (Wilson) Robbins. Lizzie was born at Billerica, Massachusetts.
William's paternal grandparents were John Dana Robbins and wife Caroline (Lake) Robbins of Massachusetts. His maternal grandparents were Horace Newell Wilson and wife Sybil Spalding of Massachusetts.
On 30 November 1910, William married Eva Frances Winch. She was born 10 July 1890 in Massachusetts, the daughter of James W. and Martha (Parr) Winch of Massachusetts.
As shown in the 1920 Census, the family was living at Boston with their three daughters, and William was working as an engineer superintendent.
Sadly, Eva died in 1928. The 1930 Census shows William back in Carlisle with his four children. He was working as a master mechanic at a rubber plant.
William's World War II draft registration card showed him working in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Mrs. Nina H. Robbins listed as his contact was perhaps his second wife.
If you have any corrections, additions or insights regarding any of the information presented here, please leave a comment or contact me directly.
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