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William Jarvis Robinson

"W. J. Robinson"
2 January 1860–5 October 1941

William Jarvis Robinson was born 2 January 1860 in American Fork, Utah Territory, to John Robinson and Mary Ann Levens. He moved to Grantsville, Utah Territory, with his family by 1870. On 16 December 1880, he married Marintha Drucilla Birch, who died on 1 January 1893. He then married Mary A. Blomdahl on 20 June 1894 in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory. After her death on 28 January 1931, he married Florence Kimball Hyde on 4 April 1932. Robinson became the principal of Grantsville schools, and then superintendent of all “Deseret schools” in Tooele County after his graduation from the University of Deseret in 1887. On 10 September 1891, Robinson was involved, as Tooele County superintendent, in the organization of the County Teachers’ Institute. He was also a businessman, merchant, and mine operator. Robinson died on 5 October 1941 in Salt Lake City.[1]

  1. [1] William Jarvis Robinson, death certificate, 5 Oct. 1941, “Utah Death Certificates, 1904–1964,” database with images, FamilySearch,; 1870 U.S. Census, Grantsville, Tooele Co., Utah Territory, [149B]; “Mining Leader in State Dies,” Salt Lake Telegram, 6 Oct. 1941, 18; “Marintha Drucilla Birch Robinson,” Grantsville City Cemetery, Grantsville, Tooele Co., UT, Find a Grave, posted 23 Oct. 2008 (memorial no. 30809507), accessed 15 July 2019,; Wm. J. Robinson and Mary A. Blomdoll, marriage license, 20 June 1894, Tooele County, Utah, Marriage License Records, 1888–1966, film no. 004540884, FHL; William Jarvis Robinson and Florence Kimball Hyde, marriage license, 4 Apr. 1932, Salt Lake County, Utah, Marriage Records, 1887–1965, film no. 004706017, FHL; “News from Grantsville,” Salt Lake Sunday Herald, 20 Sept. 1891, 8.