COL. WARDWELL G. ROBINSON DEAD. --------- Noted Lawyer, and One of Oswego's Richest Men. --------- HE WAS A FORTY-NINER -------- And Succeeded in His Search For Gold in California's Pioneer Days --A Veteran of the Civil War and a Patron of Many Sports. -------- Oswego, Dec. 9--Col. Wardwell G. Robinson, one of the best known G. A. R. veterans of the civil war in this county, and the dean of the Oswego County Bar association, died at 10 o'clock last night at his home at the corner of West First and Mohawk streets after a short illness. He was a man of many peculiarities and in his youth was a patron of all kinds of sports and athletic ventures. He had the finest and most complete law library in this part of the State, having started in 1854 to purchase al- most every law book as it was issued. This will form the nucleus of the Os- wego county law library, as before his death the colonel announced that he would give his collection to the Bar association, providing that adequate funds could be secured to keep it up to date. Colonel Robinson until two weeks ago never had a sick day. He was 84 years old and never wore an over- coat, and until late years no gloves. He daily arose at 5 o'clock and walked several miles before breakfast. He was the leading consulting lawyer of his period, and in his active practice accomplished a reputation beyond those of the present period. He never took part in politics, but was once a police commissioner. Sought Gold Three Years He was born in Mexico in 1829, the son of Orville Robinson, who was also a noted local lawyer. He was gradu- ated from Mexico academy and then studied law with his father. When gold was discovered in California young Robinson was one of the first forty-niners and was successful in his quest after three years' hard work. He then opened a law office here and had since been in practice, except for the period when as colonel of the 184th New York volunteers, he went to the front in 1862. He was a member of Post O'Brien, G. A. R., and president of the 184th Reunion association. He was also a member of the Oswego lodge, No. 127, F. and A. M. He is survived by two cousins, Mrs. Elsie Hollan of Jersey City and Frank C. Thomas of this city. Colonel Robinson had alsways been rated as one of the wealthiest men in the city.