Founded in 1917, Robbins, Illinois is one of the oldest all black incorporated towns in the United States. The village of Robbins is rich in history, diversity, and tenacity. Enduring the test of time, this town has weathered through many storms.
Beginning as an unnamed community of 300 persons, 17 miles southwest of Chicago, Robbins took it’s name from Henry E. Robbins, a real estate developer.
Thomas J. Kellar, Robbins first mayor is credited for founding the village by getting
three-fourths of the inhabitants in 1917 to vote in favor of creating a village.
THOMAS J. KELLAR, PRESIDENT
WILLIAM HARVEY, CLERK
GEORGE J. MOORE, POLICE MAGISTRATE
TRUSTEES: RICHARD FLOWERS, LEROY P. THOMAS, EDWARD BROWN, R.H. BRYANT, GEORGE WINBURN AND JERRY TAYLOR village of robbins cook county illinois south suburban
First Fire Chief was Edward Cantor
First weekly newspaper was the Robbins Herald
First church was Union Baptist in 1909
First Rock Island train service began in 1921
First Post Office established in 1923
First Postmaster was Leroy P. Thomas
First telephone installed -home of Jennie Smith
First electric lights installed -Richard Flowers house
First school house-Stone Quarry School
First fire truck -1921
First street lights -1915
First violent death -1912
First barber shop -1920
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