Calhoun native Jean Newell Robinson ...

... relaxing at her 150 year old
home at Tanner, Gilmer County

By Bob Weaver 2015

Tanner resident Jean (Emogene) Newell Robinson is striking 85 years with excitement, energy and endless interests at her historic 150 year old home in Gilmer County.

"But I like gardening and taking care of my flowers the best," she said, but collecting, reading mystery and western novels, taking trips through the Gilmer Senior Center, connecting to family and neighbors, and researching history are among a long list of interests. She likes to cook too.

Jean Newell Robinson (left) vibrant and curious at 85

"I have all 100 of Louis Lamour's books," she said who also enjoys mystery novels.

The large comfortable house is riddled with paintings, photographs, historical artifacts and curiosities. Living nearby is her daughter and family, Bobbi Moss.

Jean and her husband Robert Robinson returned to Tanner after he retired from General Motors after 30 years in Michigan, to then raise beef cattle on a 300-acre farm. He died in 2003.

"I love the garden and flower beds the most"

Norman Rockwell plates are among numerous collections

Robinson was the son of Gray and Holly Bailey Robinson, and grew up on Frozen Run, a descendant of the Robinsons who migrated to Calhoun in the 1800s, mostly to the Sycamore area. They were accompanied by the Polings, the Weavers, the Hathaways and others, coming from Barbour County.

Photos and needle point of family members, Civil War
Foes, rebel Pvt. Issac Newell and yank Pvt. W. W. Bailey

Jean Newell is the daughter of Gerald R. and Maude Schartiger Newell who lived on Wolf Run, Orma, with surviving sibings Harry Newell of Orma, Leon Newell of Mogodore OH, and Ellodene Yearkey of Stanton PA, with deceased siblings, Gerald Newell, Jr., Donald Lee Newell and Harold Newell. Her father lived to 102.

"I've had a rewarding life, made better by family and friends, very grateful," she said.

The Gerald Newell family on Wolf Run

Schartiger and Newell Family on Wolf Run (1929) Front, left to right: Ray Keith, Junior Newell, Unknown, Ruth Sears, Murl Iceman, Edith Keith, Donald Newell; Back: Brooks Marph (Black), Fred Yerkey, Jim Sears, Gerald Newell holding baby Harold Newell, Alonzo Iceman, Sherwood Sears, Jess Yerkey, Mildred White, Nora Keith, Orma Sears, Unknown, Hazel Sears, Dottie Schartiger, Hallie Schartiger Yerkey holding baby Delores Yerkey, John Lowers, Maud Schartiger Newell, Burns Schartiger, Charles Schartiger, Mollie Schartiger, John Schartiger.(Photo Courtesy of Ann Park Newell)

Robinson house has Lincoln bedroom, a
framed early tradition, family tree