O. T. Robinson, M. D. A successful physician, an untiring town booster and a progressive business man are three phrases that admirably apply in description of the position occupied by Doctor Robinson at Britton. He is a graduate of the Medical College of the University of Kansas and of the Chicago Theological Seminary, and ranks among the best physicians and best educated men of the state. For four years he has been a member of the board of trustees of his town and always a leader in public progress. He is proprietor of the Britton Pharmacy, a modern drug store and the only one in the town.
Dr. O. T. Robinson was born July 12, 1871, at Madison, Georgia, a son of N. F. and Phoebe (Penney) Robinson, His father, now eighty-seven years of age and living at Sabetha, Kansas, is a native of New York State, was an early settler in Cook County, Illinois, and for thirty years has resided in Northeastern Kansas. Doctor Robinson’s maternal grandparents were residents of Long Island. Doctor Robinson has six brothers, all farmers and living in Kansas, and two sisters: Mrs. M. E. Marsh, wife of a minister at Wichita, Kansas; and Mrs. Lillian Stimson, of Lawrence, Kansas, wife of a former professor in the university of that state.
The primary education of Doctor Robinson came from the public schools of Kansas, and for a time he was a student in Washburn College at Topeka. In 1892 he graduated M. D. from the University of Kansas. He has twice interrupted his professional career to take work in the Chicago Post-Graduate College. At the outset of his professional training it was his intention to qualify as a medical missionary, and in his education toward that end he completed the course of the Chicago Theological Seminary. His wife’s health, however, compelled him to abandon missionary work, and instead he took up the active practice of medicine. For a number of years he was physician at the United States Indian Agency at Colony, Oklahoma, practicing among the Cheyenne and Arapahoe tribes. After the opening of the Kiowa and Comanche Indian country in 1901, he moved to Hydro, remained there seven years, and since 1909 has been identified with the community of Britton in Oklahoma County.
Doctor Robinson was married in 1904 at Wichita, Kansas, to Miss Laura I. Wellman, daughter of W. M. Wellman, a pioneer missionary of Western Kansas. Mrs. Robinson, who died in 1906, was the mother of three children: Theron W., aged nineteen, a high school graduate, and has finished two years in the University of Oklahoma, and is now a teacher in the high school at Britton; Marion, aged fourteen, a student in high school; and William, aged ten.
Doctor Robinson is a member of the Congregational Church, has filled all the chairs in his lodge of Masons and is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and the Yeomen. He belongs to the Oklahoma Medical Association and the Oklahoma County Medical Society. For four years he has been a member of the board of trustees of the Town of Britton, and for several years a member of the Oklahoma County Republican Central Committee.