Felix Robinson, Glades Star
THE Glades Star
THE GARRETT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
VOL. 3, NO. 31 OAKLAND, MARYLAND
Death of Felix G. Robinson
The community was saddened on the evening of September 11 by the news that Felix G. Robinson had died suddenly at his Oakland home at the age of 69.
Mr. Robinson was born in Oakland, July 24, 1898, the son of Dr. John G. and Martha Hinebaugh Robinson. He is survived by his widow, the former Lucille Henry, and by one son, three daughters and 23 grandchildren. Also by one brother and two sisters. Through his mother he was related to many residents of Garrett County and other localities.
Educated at Gettysburg College and Seminary, Mr. Robinson was a Lutheran minister for many years, serving churches in Long Island, The Bronx, Keyser, W. Va., and the Arthurdale Community Church, W. Va. Some fifteen years ago Mr. Robinson and his entire family, after long study and consideration, embraced the Catholic faith. When congregational singing was instituted in the Catholic church several years ago, Mr. Robinson was appointed to lead the congregation in singing at the Sunday Masses. With his experience and training he was able to do this with great success.
Mr. Robinson was intensely interested in the history of Garrett County and the adjacent counties in Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, and for some years published a highly interesting magazine, TABLE LAND TRAILS, devoted to the history and traditions of what he termed the tableland region. He also contributed many articles on historical subjects to Baltimore and Pittsburgh papers in addition to being a permanent Contributing Editor of THE GLADES STAR. The Editor of the latter will especially miss his old friend's regular contributions on various subjects of interest to Garrett Countians and others, which usually came along just when the Editor was searching for material for the next issue.
Another of Mr. Robinson's major interests was music. He developed and directed the annual Mountain Choir festival at the Mountain Lake Park amphitheater for several years. These festivals attracted much attention as they featured, among other guest stars, Reinald Werrenrath and Eleanor Stieber of the Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Robinson directed the celebration of the Oakland Centennial in 1949 and the Friendsville Bicentennial in 1966. He wrote the Song of the Oaks for the former and the Ballad of the Yough for the latter. He was the author of various other musical compositions and was an accomplished pianist and violinist.
For several years Mr. Robinson had been doing research for a book, "Potomac Trails." This dealt with the Potomac Valley, especially the North Branch, along which grew up, years ago, many small mining and lumber towns, of which a few survive, a few are ghost towns, and many have disappeared entirely. Mr. Robinson was deeply interested in the preservation of our natural resources and the restoration of our streams to something approaching their pristine purity. The book was just about ready for publication at the time of Mr. Robinson's death. It is sincerely to be hoped that arrangements will be made to publish it, both for its intrinsic worth and as a memorial to its writer.
Mr. Robinson was a veteran of World War I, member of Proctor Kildow Post No. 71, American Legion, a charter member of the Garrett County Historical Society; also a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Oakland, and of Oakland Council No. 1771, Knights of Columbus.
Mr. Robinson's funeral took place on September 14, with requiem Mass in St. Peter's Church by the pastor, Rev. Regis Larkin. Interment was in the Oakland cemetery.
In the past, when some of us who were associated with Felix Robinson in various historical projects would be discussing some such subject, it would often happen that suddenly the conversation would bog down because a date, location, name or other item of information could not be recalled. "Oh well," someone would say, "We'll ask Felix. He will know the answer." And Felix almost always did know the answer. Now, as time goes on, and such difficulties arise, our loss will be brought poignantly to mind when involuntarily someone will start to say: "Let's ask Felix." But Felix has gone to his reward, and his many friends will join in asking God to grant him eternal rest.
The Glades Star
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland
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Western Maryland, 1750-1963