Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Are you ready for a little history lesson about the Robinson family of Sugar Creek, Louisiana?

I'd like for you to meet JACK ROBINSON. (Click on the photos to enlarge them.)

JACK was born in THE HOUSE AT SUGAR CREEK in 1922, the son of Armintie "Mintie" Belle Sims Robinson and William Franklin Robinson. Mintie's parents bought THE HOUSE AT SUGAR CREEK from the Taylor family in 1902, when Mintie was only 11 years old. Mintie inherited the house some time prior to 1916, and Jack was the third Robinson born on the property.

As you can easily tell by the uniform in Jack's photo, he fought in WWII. And while he was fighting in Germany, this telegram arrived for his parents. I can only imagine how terribly afraid I would be to receive such news about my son. Can you imagine what it would be like to be notified by telegram that your child was seriously wounded in battle?

Thankfully, Jack's story doesn't end with that terrifying telegraph. He slowly began to recover from his wounds, and a month later (yes, a month!) Mintie and William received this news from the war department:

Here's a photo of Jack during the time he recovered from his wounds.

Other than the robe, it's quite difficult to tell that Jack was injured. And according to the telegraph that he sent back home, Jack really was recovering nicely.

JACK ROBINSON went on to live the remainder of his life in the Sugar Creek area. His son (JACKIE) lives within walking distance of THE HOUSE AT SUGAR CREEK today. Because of the Robinson Family's sentimental attachment to the house, my hubby and I have learned more about the history of the home, and of Sugar Creek, Louisiana, than we would have ever believed possible. We have copies of dozens of historic photos of THE HOUSE AT SUGAR CREEK, which the Robinsons call "THE BIG HOUSE." And after talking to many of the Robinson relatives, I'm pretty sure that we're only getting started on the history of THE HOUSE AT SUGAR CREEK. There are stories of cotton fields, and stories of courtship. There are recipes that the Robinsons have shared with us that have been prepared at THE HOUSE AT SUGAR CREEK for four generations.

As hubby, the children and I begin our new life out in the country, we're so very thankful for the generations of Robinsons that loved the old dog-trot long before we even knew it existed. They took incredibly good care of this very special home for one hundred and nine years before we came along. And with any luck, it will be another hundred and nine years before THE HOUSE AT SUGAR CREEK will be in need of a restoration again.

So here's to the next one hundred and nine years of life in Sugar Creek, Louisiana. But mostly, here's to one hundred and nine years worth of Robinson family history that took place within these dog-trot walls. To the Robinsons: THANK YOU, from the bottom of our hearts, for sharing your wonderful family home with us. And in return, we promise to always share it with you.

// signed //
Shaun and Jackie Lewis

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