C. L. Robinson Ice and Cold Storage Records

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

1470 THL

Inventory created by Archives Staff on 05/00. Last Revised 02/17. 

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS: Collection is open to all researchers.

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EXTENT: 1.84 linear feet

DATES: 1800-1957.

SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection contains two ledgers, two minute books, and two folders of loose papers from the C.L. Robinson Ice and Cold Storage Corporation. One ledger is from 1928 to 1942 and the other is from 1920 to 1930. One minute book is from 1911-1922, and the other is from 1924 to 1957. The loose papers were found in both minute books. Also included within the collection are a number of miscellaneous news articles and advertisements relating to C.L. Robinson Ice and Cold Storage Corporation. There is also a schedule of tariffs for Winchester, VA and Charles Town, WV belonging to the company. Miscellaneous directories, photographs, letters and shipment information used by the C.L. Robinson Ice and Cold Storage Corporation are also included within the collection.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Charles L. Robinson was a native of Fortville, IN and was born on January 1, 1855 to Francis H. and Rebecca Jane Robinson. C.L. Robinson developed businesses in ice and coal in Fairmont, WV. He bought the ice plant of W.H. Palmer of Winchester in 1901 to take advantage of the growing apple industry in Frederick County. He rebuilt the plant in 1902, and in 1905 erected the first apple cold storage plant. He later built another ice and cold storage plant in Charles Town, WV in 1908 and acquired the Berryville Ice and Refrigerating Co. in 1917. He died on April 1, 1922 at his residence in 118 North Market St., the same street of his first Winchester ice plant, after suffering from a long, terminal illness.

RELATED MATERIAL: Charles L. Robinson Papers, 1762 THL; Mrs. Delmar H. Robinson Sr. Collection 640 WFCHS

BIBLIOGRAPHY:  “Death Calls C.L. Robinson to Rest After Long Illness,” Winchester Evening Star, April 3, 1922

CITE AS: C.L. Robinson Ice and Cold Storage Records, 1470 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.

ACQUISITION INFORMATION: Acquired as a gift.

ORGANIZATION:

BOX 1 

Current Ledger C.L. Robinson Ice and Cold Storage Corp. 1928-1942, 1 item, unnumbered pages, manuscript of printed form

Ledger, 1920-1930, 1 item, unnumbered pages, manuscript of printed form

BOX 2 

Minute Book C.L. Robinson Ice and Cold Storage Corp. 1911-1922, 1 item, numbered pages, typescript and manuscript

Loose Papers found in Minute Book 1911-1922, 2 items, manuscript

Minute Book, 1924-1957, 1 item, numbered and unnumbered pages, typescript.

Loose Papers found in Minute Book 1924-1957, 7 items, typescript 

News Articles 

BOX 3 

Henkel, Solomon—Letter to (1839), 1 leaf, manuscript 

Maphis, Louis—Letter from (1950), 1 leaf, typescript 

Miller, Emma M.—Letter to (1800), 1 leaf, manuscript 

Miscellaneous:

            Fortville Methodist Episcopal Church Souvenir Program (1902), 6 pages, printed

            Frick Tractor Notebook, 1 item, printed

            Bag of name cards, unnumbered leaves, manuscript

            Frick Refrigeration Advertisement, 1 leaf, printed  

Miscellaneous—C.L. Robinson Ice and Cold Storage Corporation:

            C.L. Robinson’s Roadmap of Indiana 

            50th Anniversary of Jay Cees slide show, 1 leaf, printed 

Miscellaneous—Directories:

            Winchester Hiram Lodge, No. 21 Directory (1929), 1 item, 6 pages, printed

            Methodist Episcopal Church Directory (1913-1914), 1 item, 8 pages, printed 

News Papers—The Evening Star and New York Herald:

            The Evening Star, November 24, 1914, 1 item, printed

            New York Herald, January 18, 1920, 1 leaf, typescript 

Photographs of C.L. Robinson Cold and Storage Corporation building, 5 leaves, printed 

Rates/distance and shipment information, 3 leaves, printed 

Schedule of tariffs for Winchester, VA and Charles Town, W. Va., 1 item, 20 leaves, printed 

Winchester Residence and Building Directory (1905), 1 item, 98 pages, printed