YUBA COUNTY Biographies
JAMES W. ROBINSON
As head of the Robinson-Brooks Company, one of the best-known firms of interior and exterior decorators in California, James W. Robinson is a dominant force in Marysvilleís commercial development and prosperity; and while he entered upon a business already established, he has greatly expanded the scope of the undertaking, which now occupies a position of leadership in its field. He was born in Marysville, November 3, 1878. His parents, Nero and Jennie (Starring) Robinson, arrived in California on August 25, 1878. In the same year the father embarked in the paint business, which he conducted independently until 1897, when the Robinson-Brooks Company was organized; and under that name the business has since been continued. The fatherís demise occurred in Yuba City, September 14, 1919; and the mother passed away in 1885, when the subject of this sketch was but seven years old.
In the acquirement of an education, James W. Robinson attended the grammar school at Yuba City and the Marysville high school, and subsequently completed a course in a business college. After leaving school he became associated with his father in the fruit-drying business. For twelve years he was thus engaged, buying and drying green fruit during the summer, while in the winter he worked in the paint store; and in time he became interested with his father in the business. After the demise of Mr. Brooks, James W. Robinson and his father bought the widowís interest in the business; and two years before his fatherís death, James W. Robinson assumed the management and has since controlled the enterprise. He pursues a progressive policy in the management of the business, and has developed a high degree of efficiency in its operation. The firm is one of the oldest organizations of the kind in California, and has established an enviable reputation. Most of the interior and exterior decorating in this section of the State has been done by the company, and its business is constantly increasing in volume and importance. The firm also deals in wall paper, paints and glass and utilizes the services of eight employees.
In Marysville Mr. Robinson was united in marriage with Miss Jessie Van Buskirk, also a lifelong resident of California, born in Marysville; and they have become the parents of a son, James Ralph, who is engaged in business with his father. Mr. Robinson is a Rotarian and also belongs to the Marysville Chamber of Commerce, while his fraternal connections are with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Foresters of American. In politics he is a Republican. His hours of leisure are spent in the open, in the enjoyment of the beauties of nature. He is keenly interested in everything that relates to the welfare and progress of Yuba and Sutter Counties, and his public spirit finds expression in effective service for the general good. He is an alert, energetic and aggressive business man, capable of coping with modern commercial conditions; and his work sustains the enterprising spirit that has long been synonymous with the family name.
History of Yuba and Sutter Counties, Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, 1924
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