April 19, 1861 - May 23, 1958
|Mrs. Austa Bowman Robinson died May 23, 1958, in a nursing home in Logansport, Indiana after being in falling health for over a year. She was the relict of Rev. Charles R. Robinson, D. D., member of the Louisiana Annual Conference at the time of his death in 1929.
Mrs. Robinson was 97 years old, having been born in Wathena, Kansas, April 19, 1861. She was the daughter of Methodism her father serving as a circuit rider, saddlebags and all, in Kansas. On June 15, 1886; she was married to Rev. Robinson and together they served several charges in western Kansas in the era that serves as a theme for TV westerns of today. A good share of the congregations were made up of cowboys and the other characters that made up the cow country communities of that day.
As a typical minister’s wife of that day, and later ones as well she took care of a large family, played the organ for services, taught a Sunday school class, led the Junior and Epworth Leagues (present day Methodists may not know what those were), active In the Ladies Aid Society, Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society, and Woman’s Home Missionary Society, did calling, and entertaining of the constant stream of ministers traveling through that country. Part of their living was in sod houses without a single tree in sight.
Mrs. Robinson attended Baker University, Baldwin Kansas, where she met her future husband.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Blanche M. Conner of Tulsa, Okla., and three sons, George B. of Delmar, New York and Bruce B. and Mller R. of Culver, Indiana. Private funeral services were held May 26, at Culver, Rev. Theodore Roberts officiating.
One of the last of the pioneers who helped spread Methodism during the great westward movement has left us.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 187, 1958 by Sam Nader.|