Frances Mary (Mc Guire) Robinson
was born September 1, 1914 in Dearfield,
When she was 1 1/2 years old, the family
moved to a farm five miles northeast of
Uniontown, Kansas. They moved in a "spring-wagon".
She was the second child of 4 children,
the youngest being a brother. She attended
grades 1 thru 8 at Walnut Hill, District
62. The school was about 500 feet from
their home, so she could go home for lunch
Farming was the means of livelihood, consequently,
in helping her parents, there was numerous
opportunities to learn responsibility
and discipline through hard work at an
early age. Milking cows, working horses,
using a cross-cut saw, hoeing in the garden,
cultivating corn with horses, putting
up hay, threshing wheat and oats, cooking,
sewing, and making do with what you have,
was a very real part of her experience
as a child growing up.
Her parents taught family values and personal
faith in God in word and deed. These things
have remained throughout her lifetime.
After completing grade school, high school
presented a transportation problem since
there were no buses. She and her older
sister drove a horse and buggy five miles
to and from school everyday until bad
weather came. During the bad weather,
they roomed at a home in Uniontown with
other girls, dormitory style, until the
good weather returned and the horse and
buggy could be resumed.
Later, when she learned to drive the Model
T Ford, she was allowed to drive to school
in good weather. This replaced the horse
During her freshman year of high school,
all classes (9 thru 12) met in one big
room. A new high school building was completed
during her sophomore year, then the classes
were divided. There were 25 students enrolled
in two freshman classes. Student dropouts
were heavy during the depression years.
Only 45 students were left to graduate
Upon completing high school, she took
the examination for teachers and was awarded
a provisional certificate to teach. This
started her teaching career (1932).
On July 1, 1933, she and Earl K. Robinson
married. They raised six children and
spent 47 years together until Earl died
January 6, 1981.
The responsibilities of being a mother
and housewife interrupted the pursuit
of higher education and her teaching career,
however, being a determined person, she
received a B.S. in Elementary Education
from Pittsburg State and spent 32 years
of her life serving in the public schools
in Bourbon County, Kansas where she has
spent her lifetime.
philosophy of life is taken from two scriptures:
Matthew 5:16 - Let your light so shine
before men that they may see your good
works and glorify your Father which is
Phillippians 1:6 - Being confident of
this very thing that he that hath begun
a good work in you will perform it until
the day of Jesus Christ.
advise about life to all is:
Never hold grudges or unforgiveness
Always focus on a person's potential
rather than fault.
If you can, change an unpleasant
circumstance, if you can't change it,
Be kind, treat others as you would
want to be treated.
Think before you speak when upset.
Read the Bible.
moral of the story behind the picture of Frances at 85 years is:
"Be willing to try, but honest enough
to admit that you can't......and laugh