Alonzo Franklin Robison (1873-1949)

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Alonzo Franklin Robison
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Frank Robison
Born: 16 Jan 1873 Fillmore, Utah
Died: 7 Feb 1949 Logan, Utah
Father: Franklin Alonzo Robison
Mother: Isabella Eleanor Marden Pratt
Siblings: Alonzo Franklin Robison
Parley Proctor Robison
Joseph Alfred Robison
Herma Lucretia Robison
Belinda Pratt Robison
Ruth Pratt Robison
Isabella Pratt Robison
Carrie Pratt Robison
Alma Pratt Robison
Harmel Pratt Robison
Parker Pratt Robison
Olea Pratt Robison
Half Siblings: Willis Nephi Robison
Lois Hattie Robison
Josephine Robison
Herbert Alonzo Robison
Ella Adelia Robison
Alverna Robison
Ancil Platte Robison
Addie Florence Robison
Archie Robison
Bernard Thorpe Robison
Nolan Frederick Robison
Lowell Robison
Homer Franklin Robison
Eldred Vickery Robison
Loran Culbert Robison
Lindon Wells Robison
Alda Leona Robison
Spouse: (1) Gertrude Amelia Peterson
Married: 29 May 1895 Salt Lake City, Utah
Children: Aaron Wayne Robison
Melvin Alonzo Robison
Parley Pratt Robison
Herma Vernell Robison
Evelyn Robison
Spouse: (2) Evelyn Peterson
Married: 8 Jun 1932 Salt Lake City, Utah
Spouse: (3) Mary Jane Hale
Married: 17 Mar 1937 Salt Lake City, Utah
as told by his son Aaron Wayne Robison to his grandson Wayne Ashby Robison

Alonzo Franklin Robison was born Jan. 16, 1873 in Fillmore, Utah as the oldest of twelve children to Franklin Alonzo And Isabella Eleanor Pratt Robison. He was baptized 2 Jun 1881. He lived in Fillmore most of his life except when business ventures took him to Idaho, Arizona or other parts of Utah.

While still a young man he made various trips into Arizona to help move his father and Aunt Lois and their family there and also to take dried fruit for sale. The sale of this fruit provided funds with which to maintain the family. On one of these trips he was riding his horse, trying to find a crossing of one of the rivers. He entered the river, but the stream was swift and the water was deep. He was separated from his horse. His horse crossed the river and came out on the other side. He couldn't swim, but he floated down the stream on his back. His father tried to reach him from one trail into the river, but he floated by before his father could reach him. He finally caught in some bushes and held on until his father could rescue him.

Alonzo Franklin Robison was married to Gertrude Amelia Peterson -- a daughter of Ova and Amelia Warner Peterson, in the Salt Lake Temple on May 29, 1895. To this union was born five children -- Aaron Wayne, Melvin Alonzo, Parley Pratt, Herma Vernell and Evelyn.

He was a stockman and had many sheep and cattle. For three or four years he took sheep belonging to him and his father to Box Elder County, Utah and southern Idaho to range. While there he was sheep inspector for either the State of Utah or the State of Idaho. In the fall of 1905 he took his family to Rosette in Box Elder County to live. He also took his brother-in-law Doris Peterson as a herder and his sister-in-law Evelyn Peterson as a school teacher. The winter was severe and the snow was deep. The clothes line was fastened from the door of the house to the corral gate so that anyone who was doing the chores could get back to the house without getting lost during a blizzard.

While in Box Elder County his son Wayne was scalded on the head by a kettle of boiling water. He lost all of his hair, but was restored to health by the faith of his parents and the administration of the Elders coupled with medical attention that his mother was able to give him.

In the fall of 1906 Father sold his sheep and returned to Fillmore to farm at the Sink. There he was a good and successful farmer.

In the fall of 1910 he was baling hay with his brothers Alma and Parker at the Sink. At breakfast that morning in Fillmore, Mother cried and told the children that something dreadful would happen that day. During the forenoon--about 10 or 11 o clock--Father got his leg in the baler and it was all crushed off except the cords in the leg. The doctor said that he would have bled to death if it had been cut instead of crushed. Alma went for his father about a mile and one-half away. Alma and his father brought him to town in a buckboard while Parker went on ahead on horseback to get Doctor Stevens. Dr. Stevens was a young doctor who had just come to Fillmore. The doctor had Parker get my Mother, True, to fill everything with hot water. They got Father to town about 12:30 and began operating. They used several cans of ether and finished about 5:00 or 6:00 p.m. They completely took out one bone from the knee to the ankle. The house was full of men as the doctor sent out word for men with steady nerves to hold the leg while he operated. Others were used to administer the ether. Towards evening the doctor said that he would wait a little before taking the leg off. Each day he said that he would wait another day before amputating it. After a few weeks the doctor told Father that his blood was as pure as that of a baby because he had not used tobacco and liquor and that his leg was healing enough that it would not have to come off. The bone splinters had been pieced together to form one bone. About ten years before Father died his leg festered and a splinter of bone worked out through the flesh and skin. His leg bothered him some throughout his life, but he always said that it was better than a wooden leg. He never complained but always said that his leg was fine.

Father had several accidents during his life. When he was a boy a horse fell on the ice with him and he broke his collar bone. Another time a mule kicked him on the shin and broke his ankle. Another time he was loading rails at Clear Lake Station to take to Snake Valley to rail brush. One of these fell on his toe and practically cut it off. Again he was patched up and his toe was saved. He was a good horseman. One time he was riding a horse and leading a mule around the corner of his lot. His horse crossed the ditch which was full of water. The mule hung back and pulled his horse over backwards with Father landing in the ditch of water with the horse on top of him laying across the ditch. He had freed his foot from the saddle as the horse was falling. While lying there in the ditch of water he held the horse down by the reins and the horn of the saddle until such time as he was able to completely free himself from underneath the horse.

In the fall of 1916 Father bought a ranch of some 400 or 500 acres at Snake Valley in western Millard County with range and water rights. In addition to the cattle on the place he took his cattle from Fillmore together with several hundred head of his Uncle Almon's. After about five years he sold his interests to the Davies brothers and returned to Fillmore. On Sept. 15, 1917 his third son Parley was killed on his ranch in Snake Valley by a falling derrick pole which hit him on his head. He got the word and went to the stackyard where he picked up his son, a 16 year old man, and carried him without stopping over a mile to the house. Others offered to help, but he said that he would carry him. This shows how he had regained his strength after his accident with the baler.

He served two terms as Fillmore City Councilman, then one term as Mayor and still another term as Councilman.

In the fall of 1928 he accepted a call as missionary to the Southern States. He left Mother at home while he spent a short term mission of six months in Durham, North Carolina.

He served as a counselor to Edward L. Black in the presidency of the high priest quorum of the Millard Stake. These brethren raised sufficient funds to purchase a temple bus to make trips from Millard Stake to the Manti Temple to do temple work.

He was left a widower when Mother died Aug. 7, 1930. His sister-in-law, Evelyn Peterson, had been sealed to him in the Manti Temple following her death about 1907. In his later years he married Mrs. Mary Napper of Logan, Utah. They lived in Fillmore for a few years then moved to Manti for about three years where he devoted his time to doing temple work for his kindred dead. They then moved to Logan where he spent his last two or three years doing temple work. On Feb. 7, 1949 he went to the Logan Temple and did one session after which he came home to dinner. After dinner he pushed back his chair and began winding his watch. His wife heard his watch drop and he had quietly passed away.

He was buried in his family plot in the Fillmore cemetery.


The Progress, Friday, February 11, 1949, page 1:

Was a Former Mayor
Of Fillmore

Alonzo Franklin Robison, 76, a former mayor of Fillmore, died at his residence 66 W. 2nd North, Logan, Monday at 2:50 p.m. of causes incident to age.

A son of Franklin Alonzo Robison and Eleanor Pratt Robison, he was born at Fillmore, January 15, 1873.

He had lived in Fillmore most of his life, where he engaged in stock-raising. After retiring he moved to Manti, where he did temple work in the Manti temple. He later moved to Logan where he also was an active temple worker.

Mr. Robison married Amelia Peterson in the LDS Endowment house, Salt Lake City, May 29, 1895. She died Aug. 8, 1930, and he married Mrs. Mary Napper of Logan, March 17, 1937 in Fillmore.

Surviving are two sons, A. Wayne and Melvin Robison, Fillmore; two daughters, Mrs. Vernell R. Steggell, Salt Lake City and Mrs. Evelyn Bailey, Los Angeles; eight brothers and sisters, Parker P., Alfred and Harmel Robison, Mrs. Herma R. King, Mrs. Linda Young, Mrs. Carrie Despain, Mrs. Olea Davies and Mrs. Ruth Peterson; 17 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; also severla [sic] half brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were conducted in Logan Wednesday, after which the body was brought to Fillmore for additional services and burial in the Fillmore Cemetery. An account of these services will appear in next week s issue.


The Progress, Friday, February 18, 1949, page 1:


Funeral services for Alonzo Franklin Robison, 76, were held in the Fillmore Ward Friday, February 11, 1949, under the direction of Bishop Von Taylor. They were as follows:

Invocation - E. L. Black
Vocal solo - Marilyn Brunson
Speakers were Ashby Robison, Parker Robison and Bishop Taylor
Vocal trio - Libby Lambert, Orpha Taylor and Melva Day
Instrumental trio - Edith Callister at the organ; Marjorie Brunson Robison at the piano and Carolyn Stevens on the violin
Vocal duet - Culbert Robison and Thomas Whatcott
Closing prayer - Archie Robison
The grave was dedicated by J. Blake Davies

Mr. Robison died at his home in Logan February 7, of causes incident to age. While he had been ailing, he was not bedfast, and he slipped away while sitting in his rocking chair after lunch. Services were held in his home ward in Logan Wednesday.

A former mayor of Fillmore, Mr. Robison had also served as a City Councilman and in other civic capacities. He was very active in Church work.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary N. Robison; two sons, A. Wayne and Melvin Robison of Fillmore; two daughters, Mrs. Vernell R. Steggel of Salt Lake City; Mrs. Evelyn Bailey of Los Angeles; 17 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and brothers and sisters.


  • 1880 Federal Census, Utah, Millard County, Fillmore City, Page #9, Dwelling #75, Family #84:
ROBISON, Franklin A.
Alonzo F., w, m, 7, son, single, at school, UT
  • Patriarchal Blessing: Historian's Office, Index to Blessings:
Name: Robison, Alonzo Franklin
Born: 16 Jan 1873
Blessed: 25 Feb 1892
Recorded: Vol. 176, Page 384
  • Marriage: FHL Film #482022, Millard County Marriage Register, Book B, Page 68:

The People of the Territory of Utah, County of Millard}

Marriage License
To any person legally Authorized to solemnize marriage, Greeting:
You are hereby Authorized to Join in Holy Matrimony Mr. A. F. Robison, of Fillmore City, in the County of Millard, and Territory of Utah, of the age of 22 years, and Miss Gertrude A. Peterson, of Fillmore City, in the County of Millard, and Territory of Utah, of the age of 19 years.
Witness my hand as clerk of the Probate Court and seal the seal of said Court hereto affixed at my office in Fillmore City, in said County, this 20th day of May A. D. 1895
By T. C. Callister Deputy Clerk of Probate Court

Territory of Utah, County of Salt Lake,} ss.

I hereby certify, that on the 29th day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety-five at Salt Lake City in said County, I, undersigned, an Elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints did join in the Holy Bands of Matrimony, according to law, Alonzo F. Robison, of the County of Millard Territory of Utah, and Gertrude A. Peterson of the County of Millard, Territory of Utah. The nature of the ceremony was according to the rite of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was a present mutual agreement of marriage between the parties for all time.
John R. Winder
We were Married as stated in this Certificate, and are now husband & wife.
Signed A. F. Robison Groom}
Signed Gertrude A. Peterson Bride}
In the presence of
James P. Freeze Witness}
Theo. McKearn Witness}

Recorded June 4th 1895

  • Patriarchal Blessing: Historian's Office, Index to Blessings:
Name: Robison, Alonzo Franklin
Born: 16 Jan 1873
Blessed: 12 Jun 1895
Recorded: Vol. 1138, Page 91
  • Patriarchal Blessing: Historian's Office, Index to Blessings:
Name: Robison, Alonzo Franklin
Born: 16 Jan 1873
Blessed: 12 Jun 1895
Recorded: Vol. 483, Page 80
  • Purchase: The Progress, Fillmore, Millard County, Utah, Friday, 16 Jun 1916, p. 8:
Frank Robison has purchased a new Overland car and can be seen enjoying his purchase nightly.
  • Injury: The Progress, Fillmore, Millard County, Utah, Friday, 16 Mar 1917, p. 8:
Last Saturday Frank Robison had the misfortune to drop a railroad rail on his left foot while loading same into a wagon, badly crushing that member. Dr. Stevens dressed the wounds.
  • Patriarchal Blessing: Historian's Office, Index to Blessings:
Name: Robison, Alonzo Franklin
Born: 16 Jan 1873
Blessed: 17 Oct 1928
Recorded: Vol. 586, Page 343
  • 2nd Marriage variant: md (2) Mary Napper [History, p. 27]
  • 3rd marriage: Frank was sealed to Evelyn Peterson in Salt Lake after her death; Geneva Speakman standing as her proxy.
  • Death: Sexton's Record, Fillmore City Cemetery, Book 3, p. 4:
Alonzo Franklin Robison
Age: 76y 22d
Born: Fillmore City
Physician: C. C. Randall
Died: 7 Feb 1949, Logan, Utah
Cause: congestive heart failure
Buried: Fillmore City Cemetery, Block 33, Lot 3, Grave 1
  • Burial: Fillmore City Corporation, Cemetery Single Line List, by Deceased Name, 22 Apr 1990, p. 40:
ROBISON, Alonzo Franklin
BLK 33, Lot 3, Grave 7
d. 2-07-1949
  • Burial: Fillmore City Corporation, Cemetery Master List, by Deceased Name, 13 Jun 1994, p. 380:
ROBISON, Alonzo Franklin
BLK 33, Lot 3, Grave 7
b. Fillmore, Utah
d. 2-07-1949 Logan, Utah
Comments: Age at death - 76 yrs 22 days
Current Owner: Robison, A. F.
Original Owner: Robison, A. F.
  • Gravestone: Fillmore, Millard, Utah
Alonzo F. Robison
Jan 16, 1873--Feb 7, 1949
His Wife
Gertrude A. Peterson
Feb 4, 1876--Aug 7, 1930
  • Despain, Carrie Robison and Garner, Melba Despain. History & Genealogy of the Franklin Alonzo Robison Family, p. 27.
  • Day, Stella H., ed., Builders of Early Millard, p. 603.
  • Lichfield, Beulah Menlove. Cemetery Records, Fillmore, Millard Co., Utah, pp. 58, 59.
  • Millard County Chronicle Progress, Vol. 76, No. 40, 10 Apr 1986, p. 11, Obituary: Robison, Aaron Wayne