KIMBOLTON -- The Kimbolton Homecoming Festival will be Aug. 25-26. Festival grand marshals for 2012 are Rick and Linda Robinson.
Here is a history of the family, provided by festival organizers.
In 1949, Paul and Helen Robinson bought 585 acres just after Paul returned from serving in the U.S. Army in World War II. Paul's wife, Helen, whom Paul had married after his return from his service, worked at More Enamel making shell casings as an inspector.
They had two children, Rick and Terry. In 1972, Paul had sold 385 acres and then another 120 acres from his farm due to the loss of farming income.
Rick and Linda Robinson have been married for 42 years. Linda lived up on the ridge (currently known as Norwalk Road), daughter of Lewis and Inez Kennedy. Throughout the last 40 years, Rick worked full-time at Jones Metal along with full-time farming. They have three children: Anita, Brad and Kayla and four grandchildren.
In 2009, Rick and Linda officially took full control of the Robinson farm after the passing of his father.
Rick and Linda raise hay, corn, beans, beef cattle, and previously hogs. Both are active volunteers with 4-H, church, Kimbolton Homecoming Festival, community meals, holiday events, and Linda was a Bible school teacher. Rick has retired and is still farming 320 acres. They enjoy going on Harley rides, camping, and Jamboree In The Hills. Proudly, their oldest grandchild is currently in the U.S. Air Force serving in the medical line.
One of Rick's memories as a 5 year child was of taking their tractor over to Window Road to farm. He shared that today as a five year old there would be no way we would allow or have a child at that age taking a tractor over that way due to traffic and work abilities.
Years ago local neighbor farmers were more social than today. One example, was when a local farmer, Bert Chambers, got injured. He shared that Bichards, Ringers, Ingrams, Kennedys, Robinsons, Hoopers, Webers, Umstotts, and others gathered their tractors and planted the fields for Mr. Chambers.
Over where the big well is located now by Chesapeake, there was acreage given to men returning from the Civil War in quarter sections (160 acres) by the government.
The government's stipulation was that all properties have an orchard on the property. Some were: apple, plums and peaches. One day Paul Robinson was at his property located where the big well is on what is known as the Old Dawson Farm. He was approached by a commonly known prostitute who lived close to that property. While rummaging through her attic, she had found a sheepskin deed for that property and handed it to Paul that day. Keep in mind at that time, Paul was not aware of this lady being a prostitute until much later.
Rick has this sheepskin deed today.