Sergeant George Robb, Company K.

        George Robb, youngest child of Joel and Jane Patton Robb, was born at McConnellsville, Ohio, on Feb. 15, 1843. He moved with his to Gay's Mill, Wis., in 1855. At the beginning of the Civil War, in 1861, he enlisted at age 18 in the Union Army, serving as Sergeant of Company K. 12th Wisconsin Infantry. He served until invalidated after the Siege of Vicksburg. While in a hospital at Madison, Wis., his mother came to nurse him and while there she contracted pneumonia, which resulted in her death in 1864. After the war he was in the dry goods business at Seneca, Wis., for a few years. Later he went to Minneapolis, Minn., as vice president of the Minnesota Soap Company. He was an efficient director and developer of the soap manufacturing business and was active in organizing the Minneapolis Retail Grocers Association. He served as Alderman of the Fifth Ward for eight years and was the author of an ordinance requiring the display of the U. S. flag at all public meetings where as many as ten people were assembled. At the time of the financial panic in 1893, he was president of the Peoples Bank of Minneapolis and succeeded in saving the bank. He married Harriet Anna Gay (See Gay Line) at Mt. Sterling, Wis., on June 22, 1868. She was born at Garnavilla, Clayton County, Iowa on Feb. 7, 1847 and died at Minneapolis, Minn., on Aug. 25, 1937. References: American Biography, published by American Historical Society, Vol. 23, page 245.

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Author: Lina Vandegrift Denison Cherry
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