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William H. Robe Papers

By Lori Myers-Steele

Collection Overview

Title: William H. Robe Papers

Predominant Dates:1888-1904

ID: RG 09/9.61

Creator: Robe, William H.

Extent: 1.0 MS boxes


Arrangement of the collection is by series:

Pensions; Court Documents; Church Affairs; Personal Paperwork; Checks; and Miscellaneous Information

Languages: English [eng]


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.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

These are the personal papers of William H. Robe including pension documents, correspondence, and certificates.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Use Restrictions: There are no restrictions on the collection other than federal copyright regulations.

Preferred Citation: [Item], William H. Robe Papers, Special Collections & Archives, Berea College, Berea, KY.

Processing Information: The finding aid was created by Lori Myers-Steele, Collections Archivist, in 2016.

Box and Folder Listing

College Archive Record Group 9.61Add to your cart.
Series 1: PensionsAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Pensions - including scattered correspondence between the Treasurer of Berea College, the Department of the Interior, A.P. Settle, and Milo B. Stevens with William H. Robe, and/or Mary R. Galloway.  Also contained are articles addressing the pension bill presented February 15, 1916, and then the new pension law approved September 8, 1916, as well as other corresponding information.Add to your cart.
Series 2: Court DocumentsAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Court Documents - including several documents including a matrimony license granted to Robe in Garrard on November 1, 1888 by the state of Kentucky’s Department of the Interior and the Garrard County Act.  There is a lease between W.H. Robe and W.H. Webster which sites the coordinates of Moore’s land near the land which makes up Robe’s lines.  Also, there is a letter to Robe from J.L. Ballard dated January 16, 1898 referencing the deed and lawsuit over Robe’s land.  Finally, there is a legal bill from W.B. Smith for a case by Robe against Mrs. McDowell for the land which Robe lived on.  This case was presented in the Madison Circuit Court, and cost Robe a fee of ten dollars.  The letter was dated September 13, 1904.Add to your cart.
Series 3: Church AffairsAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Church Affairs- including three marriage certificates solemnized by Robe, one written account, and one letter.  The written account references to a conflict between Robe and the then-current pastor of Berea Baptist for which the church had some sort of trial.  The letter references some church problems and denominational disputes and is dated 1897.Add to your cart.
Series 4: Personal PaperworkAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Personal Paperwork including a letter to Ms. William F. Staats (formerly Ms. Robe) in regard to Easter visiting written in late September of 1945, as well as some hotel information, and another letter.  The hotel brochures were apparently mailed at Ms. Staats request for information because she was planning to travel to Washington DC for a research project which would involve the use of the Library of Congress. Several hotels from the area are represented.  The final letter included in this series describes the provenance of much of this collection and was written by Lilly Faye Staats Lanham, a descendent of Robe.Add to your cart.
Series 5: ChecksAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Checks - including an array of William H. Robe’s personal checks.  There is a consecutive collection as well as a small collection of miscellaneous returned checks.  Included with the consecutive collection, are the check stubs, still attached within the original checkbook.  The checks range from December 13, 1902 until September 10, 1903.  All checks written by Robe between those dates are accounted for and present.Add to your cart.
Series 6: Miscellaneous InformationAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Miscellaneous Information - including a page with two stanzas from the work, “Beautiful Ohio.”  Also included is the last will and testament of one George Hendricks, to which Robe is one of the two witnesses.  This document is dated August 1, 1904.  Finally, there is a “Commencement Exercises” bulletin for the class graduating from Mullens High School in 1943.  Mrs. W.F. Staats was the Senior Sponsor.Add to your cart.