3327 W 137th St, Robbins, IL 60472

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HISTORY OF ROBBINS - FOUNDED 1917 village of robbins

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FOUNDED

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.

FIRST ELECTED OFFICIALS

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

OTHER VILLAGE FIRST

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


FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE HISTORY OF ROBBINS:

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