William H. Robe was an ordained Baptist minister (1888) who later taught woodworking at Berea College from 1893 until 1898. Robe was married to Mary R. Robe and they had a daughter, Mary Hannah Robe Staats. Robe lived in Berea for much of his life and owned land, although he was not a native Berean. He was a Civil War veteran and Commander of the Captain James West Post, No. 171, Dept. of KY, for the Grand Army of the Republic, an association of men who served as Union soldiers during the American Civil War. He died May 17, 1905, and was greatly mourned, especially by his brothers in the Republic. L.V. Dodge, the Adjutant wrote of Robe, “our post is deprived of a true comrade, an able commander, and one of the most valuable members of our organization.” William H. Robe was buried in the Berea Cemetery.