Following is one of the Biographies and Stories which where gathered by Charles Sumner McKamy in the 1950s for publication in a Crawford County History Book. Unfortunately he passed away before the book was published.

I was born at 728 North Cross Street, Robinson, Illinois, March 20, 1896. My father, Harmon Schmalhausen, was born in Wabash County, Illinois in 1849. His parents came from Germany in 1832. Harmon was one of a family of eight sons. He learned to be a tinsmith and practiced his trade first in Bridgeport, Illinois, then moved to Robinson where he followed this trade for over forty years. While in Bridgeport, he met and married Shula Dunlap, my mother. To them were born seven children, as follows: Jay, Minnie, Emma, Helen, Harmon Eugene, Ansel Gould and Myrtle Ruth. At this writing, only the last three survive. Harmon Eugene is a retired mail carrier after thirty-five and 1/2 years in the city and rural service on Robinson. Myrtle Ruth is assistant head of the Home Economics Department of Eastern Illinois Teachers' College in Charleston, Illinois. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Columbia University and Penn State University where she received her Doctor's Degree. My great grandfather Lamotte was an early settler in Vincennes, Indiana. On one of his trips to Palestine, Illinois, he was ambushed and killed by the Indians and his body was found in a nearby creek. Lamotte Creek and Lamotte Township were so named in his memory.

I was graduated from the Robinson Township High School in 1914. I worked three years in the Whittaker's Grocery Store located on the north side of the square. I took a civil service examination and was appointed a clerk in the Robinson, Illinois Post Office July 1, 1917. I was on leave of absence for one year while serving in World War One. I have worked continuously since in the local office. I am now Superintendent of Mails and the Local Civil Service Examiner.

I have been a life-long member of the First Christian Church, a member of the Official Board for thirty-five years and chairman of the same for twelve years. I have been active in the Boy Scouts of America movement for the past twenty years. I was Scoutmaster of Troop 29 for six years and earned the honors of a Scoutmaster's Key and the Silver Beavers award, which are the highest that is awarded by the Ambraw-Wabash Council. It has been a wonderful experience and education in the training and helping develop character and citizenship in so many of our fine boys. They are now grown and have homes and businesses of their own. I have been active in the American Legion since its inception after World War One and held all the various offices thereof.

In November of 1923, I married Nora Francesta King who was born in Westfield, Illinois. She is the daughter of William and Rose (Johnson) King. To us were born two sons and one daughter: Ansel Wayne, Charles King and Norma Lee. Ansel Wayne earned the highest rank in scouting, an Eagle award, while attending the local schools. He served in the United States Air Force during World War Two, has the Batchelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Indiana State Teachers' College, and now enrolled in the Medical College of the University of Indiana. He married Norma Louise LeMay of Casey, Illinois, and they have one daughter, Scheryll. Charles King also earned the Eagle award in scouting while attending the local school. He served in the United States Navy during World War Two and later graduated from Lockyear Business College in Evansville, Indiana. At present, he is employed in the local Post Office here in Robinson. Normal Lee graduated from High School and also from Eastern Illinois Teachers' College with the degree of Master of Science in Home Economics. She is married to David Leeds, a mechanical engineer from Rose Polytechnic Institute in Terre Haute, Indiana. They are living in Kansas City, Missouri.

I am very happy to be a product of such a fine town as Robinson and surrounding community, and to have had a small part in making it and its fine citizenry the kind they are and to have had the God-given privilege to raise my family here.