Charles Leon Robinson enrolled at Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) in September 1911 and graduated with a BS in Horticulture in June 1914. Robinson participated in a variety of student activities including the Agricultural Club, Llewelling (Horticulture) Club, the local chapter of the YMCA, intramural basketball, and the Oxford Club.
After completing his degree he worked in orchards and berry farms near Salem, Medford, and Hood River; in 1915, he became field man for the North Pacific Fruit Distributors in Wenatchee, Washington. Robinson served in the U.S. Army from 1917 to 1919 and became a horticultural inspector in Yakima, Washington after his discharge. About one year later, he became Supervisor of Horticulture for the Washington State Department of Agriculture in Olympia; he still held this position in 1924.
Robinson was born in Marshall, Minnesota, in 1893. Prior to attending OAC, he resided in Forest Grove, Oregon, with H.N. Robinson. In 1919, he married Elsie Caspar, a 1916 graduate of OAC.
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