Robinson families honored as Howard/Glasscock pioneer families

Several families have made an impact in the history of Howard and Glasscock counties, which is why the Heritage Museum continues to pay tribute and recognize pioneer families. “We wouldn’t be the communities that we are if it wasn’t for those families who pioneered it all,” Museum Director Nancy Raney said. This year, two families sharing the same last name but no relation were honored as the Howard and Glasscock County Pioneer Families — G.R. (Rob) and Myra Robinson were recognized for Howard County and W.L. Robinson was honored from Glasscock County. G.R. (Bob) and Myra Robinson initially moved to Big Spring from Colorado City in 1966. At that time Robinson Drilling’s headquarters changed locations. The company was originally formed in Colorado City, in 1947, after Bob retired from the service as a major and resumed civilian life. Before forming the company, he served as an engineer with Stanolind Oil and Gas in Oklahoma City. The couple shares three children. Myra took over the company, after serving as bookkeeper, in 1972 when Bob passed away as a result of a car accident. “This has been my life and I wouldn’t trade it for any other,” Myra Robinson said. Her children describe her as a woman of formidable energy and drive that never stops. Her work ethic inspires hundreds of people throughout Texas who count on her leadership, friendship and encouragement. The Glasscock County Pioneer Family of W.L. Robinson started their history in the county in 1890 when his great-grandfather, Cornelius Joseph Robinson, arrived in Howard County.W.L.’s father and grandfather ran Robinson Brothers Livery Stable while the family lived across the street. Upon getting married to Bertie Mae in 1927, the couple moved to Glasscock County. The couple shared 16 children. Mr. Robinson was the county commissioner at the time of his death in 1973. Bertie Mae died in 1982. The couple’s son, John, accepted the award on behalf of the Robinson family. “We are honored to be able to recognize these families who have chosen to let Howard and Glasscock counties play such an integral part of their families history while also giving back to the communities they reside in,” Raney said. Old Setters Reunion was first held in 1924 on the T.J. McKinney farm, north of Coahoma. Four years later, it was moved to Parrish Park. In order to ensure the success of the event, a group of officers and committees were elected. Contact Staff Writer Amanda Moreno at 263-7331 ext. 234 or by e-mail at