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John George Robish
Born Jan 16, 1848 Jefferson Co, Wisconsin Territory
Died Sep 29, 1927 Kellerton Farm near Hazel SD

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SPOUSE CHILDREN
Catherine Keller

m. Nov 25, 1869
b. Mar 26, 1849
Jefferson Co WI
d. Mar 6, 1911
Kellerton, Hamlin Co SD
Rosa Lydia

b. Apr 21, 1871

d. May 21, 1871
infancy
Arthur George

b. May 1, 1872
Jefferson WI
d. Apr 10, 1931
Edward Jacob

b. Nov 17, 1873

d. Aug 13, 1877
young
Leonard

b. Oct 11, 1875

d. Jan 14, 1876
infancy
Rosa Barbara

b. Jan 29, 1877

d. Feb 24, 1941
Kellerton Farm SD
Flora Katherine

b. Mar 6, 1880

d. Dec 25, 1963
Mary Agnes

b. Nov 7, 1881

d. Dec 29, 1964
William Benjamin

b. Jun 22, 1885

d. Aug 19, 1925
Elizabeth Ann "Lizzie"

b. Apr 1, 1888

d. Jun 28, 1928
SD
John Robish began farming in Wisconsin in 1869. In 1876 he bought a meat market in Jefferson WI which he sold in 1883, when he moved to Hamlin County SD. There he filed a tree claim on a quarter section. He permanently settled in Opdahl Township where he would plant 5 acres of trees and farm 180 acres.
History of these German immigrants, an excerpt from Family Social History, Term paper for Kenyon College course on Immigration by George N. Holloway.
In 1878 Congress passed a law "to encourage the growth of timber on the western prairies... any person who would plant protect, and keep in a healthy growing condition ten acres of timber, might secure title to a quarter section". The Homestead Act of 1862 was the primary reason why this land was going fast. But it was not until after 1878 that this part of the prairie could be farmed profitably; since in that year the Winona and St. Peter branch of the Chicago and Northwestern railroad was rebuilt so that its terminus was at Watertown, S.D., approximately 20 miles from where John Robish filed his claims. Another railroad (Wisconsin, Minnesota and Pacific Railway Co.) had its western end at Watertown by 1884.
Photograph of John G. Robish with Al Cover, hired man, and Clarence Feind.
Family photographs of Grandpa John G. Robish and with Feind children and grandchildren, standing between Rosa Robish and Clarence Feind. Also in the picture are daughter Lizzie (Mrs. Buri), grandchildren Bob Feind (squatting far left), Mary (Feind?), Earl Feind (tallest in back), and Walter Feind (squatting far right).
Photograph of daughter Flora Robish Arnold with daughters of Christian Julius Feind: Sarah Feind Reimler, Augusta Feind Wendling, and Lillie Feind Reimler.
Kellerton Church, across the road from the Kellerton farm, is the oldest continuously used Evangelical Association/United Methodist Church building in South Dakota. The marriage of John and Catherine's daughter Flora and Ed Arnold was the first in the church and represented a union of the two families that started the church, the Robishes (Kellers/Feinds) and Arnold/Wendlings
Kellerton United Methodist Church. Photograph from book commemorating the Centennial (1893-1983) of the church.
Kellerton Homestead House in 2003.
Sources:
Donovan, Frank P. Jr., Mileposts on the Prairie, Simmons-Boardman, New York NY, 1950, p. 66.
Dunn, Steve, "John and Catherine Robish" in Hamlin County, 1878-1979, Hamlin Historical Committee, Hamlin Co., SD, p. 364.
Dunn, Steve, Transcript of taped communication to L.M.Holloway, Jul 3, 1977, citing interview with Evelyn Walther Wolfgram, granddaughter of Anna Margaret Robish (1835-1911) and John Walther.
Hogstad, Marlys, Hamlin County, SD - Kellerton Zion Cemetery record list, USGenWeb Archives.
Feind, Alice, ed., "History" in Kellerton United Meethodist Church, 90th Anniversary, 1883-1983, Hamlin Co. SD, 1983.
Jefferson County WI, 1880 Census, Peter Robish (Census Taker).
Robish, John George, account in Memorial and biographical record... South Dakota, A. Ogle, Chicago IL, 1898, pp. 1016 ff.
Wennblom, Raymond J. (descendant of Arthur Robish, brother of Rosa Robish), "Descendants of: (Johann) Robisch", Bellevue WA, Dec 30, 1992; computer file submitted to LM Holloway, .