John Moore Robinson (1855-1934)
The Sash Our Forefathers Wore
John Moore Robinson was born in Hustonville, Ontario on December 30th, 1855. He was the son of William Robinson and Maria Moore. He was educated at the Huston Common School (Lockport, New York) and St. Catherin's Collegiate Institute.
He taught school for four years then moved to Manitoba in 1879 where he worked as editor of the Brandon Times, the Portage la Prairie Tribune and the Portage la Prairie Review newspapers. He taught school in Woodlands for two years and served as Clerk of the Woodlands municipality. John then engaged in the real estate business in Portage la Prairie.
He served as the Secretary for the Town of Portage la Prairie and the county Liberal-Conservative Association and from 1886 to 1888 was elected to the position of Provincial Grand Master of the Orange Lodge of Manitoba.
John was elected as a representative of the Woodlands constituency in the 1886 general election but was defeated in 1888. Two years later he moved to the Okanagan Valley of central British Columbia. He was so impressed by the peaches grown on a ranch there that he founded the towns of Peachland, Summerland and Naramata and enticed hundreds of prairie families to settle in the region.
John passed away in Naramata, British Columbia on February 23rd, 1934.