L. WOOD ROBEY DIED WHILE PROTECTING HIS PROPERTY
Levi Woodbury Robey died at his home in this city, Sunday night, Sept. 11, 1927, aged 76 years, 2 months and 15 days. The death of Mr. Robey was tragic. He thought he heard marauders in his melon patch about 9 P.M. and, taking his shotgun he went from the house. After a couple of hours interval elapsed and he had not returned his wife became alarmed and tried to find him but could not. She then called Hiram, and he found him lying dead in his melon patch. Deputy Sheriff John Sheridan and coroner Ray Pharo were immediately notified and they went to the Robey home, accompanied by Wm. James. It is said that Mr. Robey had fired two shots into the air to scare the intruders, and had then apparently started towards his house. He was found lying on his back, the gun across his right shoulder, and had apparently been dead some time. No marks of violence were found, and the supposition is that the excitement and unusual exertion was too much for a man of his advanced age. Mr. Robey was born in Illinois, June 16, 1851. He grew to manhood there and on Dec. 21, 1873 was married to Lucy Trotter who died Jan 26, 1884. Three children of this union survive their father: Mrs. Nell Gibler, Mrs. Lyman E. Johnson, and Leroy S. Robey. On July 21, 1895, Mr. Robey was married to Susan R. Carter, and in 1901 they moved to New Lisbon. In 1914 they bought a home in Mauston, and has resided here since then. Mr. Robey was the youngest of six brothers and sisters, three of whom survive: Wm. Robey, 91, of Warren, Ill., Mrs. Ida Young, 88, of Freeport, Ill., Mrs. Mary Hartsough, 79, of Nora, Ill. Wm. Robey, of Warren, Ill., has the distinction of being the first white child born in Stephenson County, Ill. of record. Up to the time of Mr. Robey's death there were four generations of his immediate family living: himself, his daughter, Mrs. Nell Gibler, 50, of California, her daughter, Mrs. Lela Lofthus, 28, and Virginia Lee Lofthus. A fine type man was Mr. Robey. Firm in his convictions and true to his ideals, he occupied a place in the community which is always accorded men of that type. He commanded the respect and esteem of everybody and the labor of his long life had been crowned with success. His comfortable home was one of the most noticeable on the street. The funeral was held at his home. Rev. Mr. Graves officiating. Burial was in the Mauston cemetery.
Submitted by: Randy Campbell on 17 Jan 2000