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Blanchester Area Historical Society

Dr. Andrew Robb.

Dr. Andrew Robb.

ANDREW, ROBB, M.D., physician, Blanchester. His residence/Office was located on Lazenby Street.

"Andrew Robb, M. D., was the son of James and Catherine Robb, and was born on the old homestead, near New Richmond, February 6, 1816. He worked on the farm with his father summers, attending school winters till sixteen years of age, when he attended the New Richmond Academy eighteen months. The distance from his home to the Academy was three miles, which he walked night and morn, although the road was rough and hilly.

He then taught school in that vicinity, studying medicine at the same time with Dr. Alfred Noble, of Goshen. While teaching his first school in Franklin District, Clermont County, he became interested in four bright little pupils, who took their primary lessons in the same class, but have since grown to manhood and taken their stations high up in the ranks of life. They were Perry Donham, a prominent attorney of Cincinnati; Prof. John Hancock, one of Ohio's ablest teachers and for a number of years Principal of the Cincinnati schools, and the two Browning brothers, Frank, deceased, the editor and proprietor of the Clermont Courier, and Charles N., the genial and talented editor of the Clinton Republican.

After teaching two years he turned his whole attention to the reading of medicine till November, 1837, when he commenced the practice with his preceptor. He attended lectures in 1840 and 1841, and graduated in the fall of the latter year, from the old Ohio Medical College of Cincinnati.

He located in Anderson, Ind., and November 28, 1843, was married to Clara, daughter of Duncan and Catherine Carmichael, of Rush County, Ind., a worthy pioneer family of Southern Indiana.

In the fall of 1847, he returned to Goshen, and purchased the interests of his former preceptor. He came to Blanchester in 1860, where he has practiced successfully twenty-two years, and is now, in company with his worthy companion through life, enjoying the of a long and laborious professional life.

They had three children born to them-William E., born September 12, 1848, and died at the age of two and a half years, of malignant diptheria. James D. born May 20,1850, and died December 5, 1864, of cerebro-spinal meningitis and Clara B., born December 11, 1854; she attended the common schools of Blanchester till sixteen , when she commenced a collegiate course at the Ohio Female College at Oxford, Ohio and graduated with high honors. She delivered the valedictory address before nineteen years of age and the following year accepted the invitation to deliver the literary address and literary diplomas.

In August, 1875, she was married to Eberle D.Smith, a graduate of the Miami University, at Oxford, Ohio, and at present banker of Blanchester."

Source: The History Of Clinton County. W. H. BEERS & CO. 1882.

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