Bob Robertson 13 April 1929
Oldest Carrier On Telegraph Is 60 Years Married Bob Robertson and Wife Made Pledges Here in 1869 The diamond jubilee of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Robertson's marriage was observed yesterday by the couple at thel" home, 1210 Pine street. It wfts just 60 years ago yesterday since the couple were married In Alton, and, though no formnl observance was held tha house was a busy place with callers arriving and departing during the day. Tho anniversary was observed In the evening with a family dinner party nnd reunion. The Robertson family is no small one when it is all assembled. A fair sample of them were on hand last evening, and the number present was Only 83. Some of them were babes too young to sit up and cat at the table, but most of them wore big enough to insist upon being counted In. Mrs. Robertson was born In Alton July 18, 1848 and has lived hero all her life, but Mr. Robertson wns born in Dairy, Scotland, May 21, 1849 and cnmo to Alton in 1853, two years after coming to .this country. From 1880 to 1862 he was a carrier boy on the Telegraph and he believes he is tho oldest living former carrier on this newspaper. In 1871 Mr. Robertson went to work on tho C. & A. and In 1874 he went to work for the Illinois Qlaf-s Co. He continued nt that plnco until 1910 when he retired. Both husband and wife arc In fine health. Mrs. Robertson was the liveliest one of the party, last evening nnd tho only thing she omitted to do was that sho did not dnnce a jig, snld one member of her family. The happy couple hnd with them their two sons and four daughters, nlso their 33 grnnd children and their 26 great grandchildren, nnd a few neighbors. Ono of the persons who should have been there, but was unablo to come, was Mrs, Janet Wilson of Sinter, Mo., who is the only other living person who attended the marriage of the couple 60 years ago. Mr. nnd Mrs. Robertson will make up thnt deficiency by going to Slater tomorrow to visit tho woman who was their bridesmaid. Mrs. Wilson lived here many years and occasionally visits here. One guest present was Mrs Louis Crawford, of Chicago, an old friend of the couple. The children present were Mrs. Margaret Kohler Mrs. Janet Benecke, Mrs. Ella Evcrs, Mrs. Mamie McMnnus nnd Messrs James and Harry Robertson.