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History of Martha Robertshaw

An American Artist: 1898-1989

1898 – Born Vera Robbins to Hattie and Nelson Robbins.  Oldest of 7 children in Shinglehouse, Pa, population 1,350.

1907 – Father killed in a railroad accident.  Sent to Big Flats at the age of 9 to her grandmother’s house.  Changed her name to Martha.

1924 – Married Charles G Robertshaw, and became Martha Robertshaw at the age of 26.  They had one son, George  Robertshaw.  Charles Robertshaw returned from the War and eventually became an invalid

1942 – Martha began her painting of the interior of the home.  Work completed over a ten year period.

1950 – Article in the Star-Gazette.  Voted into the Elmira Art Club

1958 – Husband Charles died.  He is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery.  They were married for 34 years.

1960-1970s – Martha did housework and child care.  Later on she took care of the elderly in her home.

1989 – Martha died.  She is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery

1994 – Martha’s son George died.

2009 – Martha Robertshaw Exhibit at the Big Flats Town Community Center opened, with Murals recreated.

2017 –  Martha’s house is sold to Don and Robin Ferrario.  The paintings are removed and stored.

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