Readers of the Healdsbura · ·_. · : • we.-e
treated to a little photo quiJ Ia · 9 · ·..• ,., fte
young men and tl~ captibD gave 1! e! oat of
them. 1t ·said, received national tll city for
his goo.. d d_eeds a. n_ d b. as one of -~lh' ltargest
buildings in town named in his h n .
·· People who d.oafltnow about S _· · ·Robinson
might be mildly surprised to IQlo . that the
-one with the national recognition al;ld · ·. e building
named after him is the one ·blac :
Slll!!!t_R_o~inson was _a re~ar~a~l': an. Fot:_
nearty all-uf the 32 years he lived Healdsburg
he and his-mother and father~ · ora and
Jessie Robinson, were the only bl~ · town.
Smitty was also, without qu~stiell!. t , ~town's
of sophisticated ra(Oe relations. f
that Smitty was a kind of pet sh~
or an example of rural tokenism. N
was a creative aod energetic me
town that would have loved aad · . ·.
for his fOntribut-~Sf, reaarclleu of .b;.
Still. m a time whf'a Sonoma C<M;lnt
population wu Just abou,t Ia p ·
Robiasons aDd tbf town of H•aJdstu•.•"DD
to 4~tllD - it ma•• Ws aec-omt~Bdl seem
Copyright The Press Democrat
October 9, 1977
. . ~~ 1ort $t .a Iabore • · ~ bor~ ·in
HPeerarl.diss b~u~~r. _gR wivitebr• '_Il'ida. ef aCm~.iul.y n tiyn · n . .~-He-ae.. m ger. atdo- -
uated from Healdsbur~ High . · __ tt Rosa
Junior CDUeget where be was a •· tstanding
footbaU player, and went off to e ; eley with
higbnopes of making the Cal var. it At Cal be
became ill and doctors diagnose~]·.' illn_ ess as
a heart condition resulting fro · · 'I 1 childhood
ailment. They .a.d.Yised him t' r ~triet his
activities. · ·
· He came home to Healdsburgit~~;rove that
his weakened heart was strong · · , spif~t. . He
took a j'ob as a handyman at He. ld . urg Gen-
. eral Hospital and plul}..ged intQ c:.~mu!Ht.n-it~
· He org~~ a youth cboir.-r~ttte11r~rated
Church tliat-.gre.w to more than :40 l\toic~s and
sang all over the Bay Area.
Ue· b.elped ~ coacll the Hea.ds~u~:g Hiib
He founded the alumni newsH~tt~'' , that he
wrote and sent to former Healdsti»u. . students.
He wrote to Healdsburg service ~ · in I World
He rfti.sed funds .. ior e\•ery ~·~tb!lproiect in
the are-a. None were too bi.g to lta~~e lor too
small for his eUorts.
THEN. IN liSt. du,ring lhtt Kt)~~ \Vat be
foot· • •n eotirilittallon .
"~ IT W?\8--on-ly- rlght that whenj,llthe 1nation
began to rec()gnize! Healdsburg's: e~s+Sinitty
·should ·get much bf the ffettft. :.TJtt' ''\~Jitader's
DigesLwasfitst.to write about t: 1e · • rst Battal-ion
and Smftty in.:Q~~ember of ·
writer said, "and ~ he is -a m ' · · er ~=~.
frock who goes ·about Healdsbu g • ' ··sit ng the
sick with a bouqu~t and a bate · •.. f sh-biscuits,
cheering the . discoqraged•, w : rki g tire-lessly
on community projects.'' · ·
Tim.e magazme,mentioned~·bis gq' ~twhrk for
the Army. ~hen~·IJmplCEdwards $ ·t irf an it.
Everyone tn He.ldsburg klllew•e,. pt mitty
- and they w~re •all about to· tb the
in 1953) ··
wide fund appeals,. ·raiAMCIII.ao!rt
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