Eugene C. Robinson married Rose E. McDonald. They had a very nice family, which consisted of three sons and two daughters.

The sons were Carl Eugene, Russell Norman and Davis “Chippy”. The daughters were Fannie Mae Pirtle and Eleanor Catherine Campbell.

Fannie had no children, but Eleanor had a daughter and before long passed away. Her daughter, Betty Lee, was left in care of her grandparents, Gene and Rose to bring her up. They saw that she got her education and cared for her. Betty received her high school diploma in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Eugene and Rose Robinson's homesteaded home.  Built around 1900.

Eugene and Rose Robinson’s homesteaded home. Built around 1900.

Gene and Rose homesteaded the same piece of property where they lived until their deaths. This left David “Chippy” still living there all alone. He never married.

Betty married Edward L. Goodrich – they have three children, James, Ronnie and Claudia. Claudia has two daughters, Tammy Lee and Tonya living in Orlando, Florida. Ronnie and James live in Pensacola, Florida. James has a daughter, Lauren Nicole.

Ted and Betty live on the same homesteaded property as Davis, where they all grew up, on Lagoon Avenue.

They are members of the Shady Grove Church of God and have been for the past 26 years.

Aunt Rose, as we all knew her, said in her last five years that they were the happiest of her life, simply because she had found the Lord to be her great sustainer through all she had endured and will ever have to. You see, she had diabetes causing her to lose a leg. She always kept her Bible under pillow. She was taken to church every Sunday in her wheelchair, even being baptized in it. She became a great example and was like the Rock of Gibraltar for all to see that knew her.

“TO KNOW HER WAS TO LOVE HER,” and I did.

August Park came to the United States in the late 1880s from Germany. He was of German descent.

He had several children, but the one spoken of here is August Park. He met and married Annie Gore and moved to Oak Hill in 1916. They had a family and one of their children was Lillie Park.

Lillie met William Robinson after he moved here in 1916 from Orlando, where he was born. William moved here and rented a room in a boarding house on W. Halifax on the south side across the railroad tracks. It wasn’t long until he met Lillie, then on November 10, 1917, they were married.

William was a fisherman all his life. They had a nice family of eight children. They were William who married Thelma Michael, Earl who married Juanita Michael, sister to Thelma, Lamar who married Margaret and Rosie who married Arnett Hutchinson and later divorced him, marrying Roska Williams. James married Norma Jean Watson, Evereall married Florence Hutchinson, divorcing and marrying Brenda Sipe. Annie married John Norris, with Richard being their last child. The children have left William and Lillie many descendents.

William is the brother of Eugene and had two other brothers, Jim and Chris.

In World War I, three men from here were in the Coast Guard serving their time at the Coast Guard Station directly east of here on the Atlantic Ocean. They were Lee Williams, Jim Robinson and Collan Hutchinson.

During World War II, there were seven going from here in the Coast Guard at one time. They were Earl Robinson, Arnett Hutchinson, C.J. Hutchinson, Lloyd Hutchinson, Ira Hutchinson, Edward Vann, and Leon Hutchinson, C.J. Hutchinson was the only one not returning; he was killed in action. He was the son of Collan Hutchinson, serving in World War I.

In 1895, the first one-room white school was built on Gaines Street on the east side between Adams and Sargent Avenue. The first principal was a Mr. Story, having between 25-40 students, through the eighth grade. When the students increased to 60 in 1906, the faculty increased to three. Charlotte Bradley then became the principal. They had to build another school and that was built on the west side of the road but further north about where the Earl Robinson’s home is now. The first and second grades went there. In 1923, Mrs. Ada Stanley and Mrs. Ethel Williams were teaching with the principal.

October 25, 1959. The tearing down of original school buitl in 1925.

October 25, 1959.
The tearing down of original school built in 1925.

Then in 1925, they built the school on Ridge Road; one floor, then later the second floor, a lunchroom and kitchen. This was north of the original building. Before World War II, the tenth grade was dropped and soon after, the ninth grade. In 1957, the school became strictly an elementary school, students 1 through 6. The enrollment was about 160 students even with the loss of the two grades. The other grades were transported by bus to New Smyrna. A school survey was conducted in 1958 revealing the structure in a very weakened condition. It was condemned and the school was held in the First Baptist Church and the V.I.A. Building. In 1960, the new buildings were completed, also two portables were needed. In the fall of 1968, a fifth building was added.

Since 1967, the school has had kindergarten through sixth for all pupils. There were 14 faculty members. Mr. William B. Abel was the principal, now teaching 258 students. The PTA had 80 members. Headstart program started in one of the portables when the fifth building was built.

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