Robert Lincoln Colebank was born November 30, 1886
on a farm near Crescent City, Illinois to Ellet and Mary
Roll Colebank. He was known as Rob to his family and
friends. When he was 10 his parents moved to
Minnesota onto a dairy farm near St. James. In 1910 his
dad bought a farm five ½ miles south of Madelia,
That same year Rob and his cousin John Colebank went
to Oregon where Rob’s uncle Lincoln Roll lived. Rob
found employment as a street car conductor in Portland.
For recreation he played baseball and was a sparring
partner for professional boxers and wrestlers. After
several years in Oregon he returned to Minnesota where
he farmed Jack Oleson’s farm (his future brother-in-law)
in Woodside Township, Polk County near Mentor,
On September 1, 1920 Rob, age 33, married Esther
Nasman, age 26, at the home of the bride in St. James,
Minnesota. Esther was born a twin on June 28, 1894 on
a farm in Adrian Township, Watonwan County, Minnesota to Nils and Anna Nelson Nasman.
Esther attended rural school in Riverdale Township, Watonwan County, St. James high
school and normal teacher’s training at Madelia. She taught in rural schools for 11 years.
Following their marriage Rob and Esther moved to a farm they bought in Woodside
Township near Mentor, Minnesota in Polk County. Esther taught in rural schools for several
years until the children came along. They lived in Woodside Township for 19 years and this
is where all the children were born. Rob was very musical. He played the violin, mandolin,
musical saw and was my violin teacher. He trained each of his dogs to do tricks such as
rolling over, jumping through a hoop and shaking hands. Rob and Esther met with hard
times during the Great Depression of the 30s and lost their farm.
They loaded as many belongings as they could in a trailer in August, 1939 and pulled it to
Tigard, Oregon with their 1935 Ford. To make a living, Rob cut wood, worked for turkey
growers and at the B P John furniture factory.
Rob became a Jehovah’s Witness in the depression years and lived his belief for the rest of
his life. Rob died on April 26, 1960 at the age of 74 from lower GI cancer. Esther was a
widow for 9 years until she had a series of light strokes. She died in Tigard, Oregon at age
74 from a massive stroke she had in her sleep. Rob and Esther are buried in the Crescent
Grove Cemetery in Tigard, Oregon.
The children of Rob and Esther were:
Carroll Victor Colebank – born January 18, 1928 in Woodside Township, Polk County,
Minnesota. Carroll married Katherine Summers on September 1, 1950. He died in July,
1962 and is buried in Winona Cemetery at Tualatin, Oregon. See Carroll Colebank page.
Dale Robert Colebank – born June 13, 1930 in Woodside Township, Polk County,
Minnesota. He married Loita Walker and they live in Woodburn, Oregon. See Dale Colebank
George Wayne Colebank – born August 23, 1933 in Woodside Township, Polk County,
Minnesota. He married Evelyn M Parsons. (See George Wayne Colebank page)
Lynn Morris Colebank – born February 1, 1938 in Woodside Township, Polk County,
Minnesota. He married Barbara Amstutz. (See Lynn Morris Colebank page)
Robert Lincoln Colebank
|The Ellet and Mary Roll Colebank family: Back row, left to right: Rob, Emma, Pearl. Front:
George, Ellet, Mary, Frank.
|Farewell gathering at Lengby Lake in Polk County, Minnesota before Rob and Esther
moved to Tigard, Oregon.
|L to R, back row: Rob, Esther, niece June Colebank, and Dale. Front: Lynn and Wayne
|Esther and Rob's wedding portrait 1920
|Esther Nasman Colebank with her
twin sister Linda in 1910. Linda
married Rob's cousin Lester Colebank.
|Click on the photo above to enter Esther
Nasman Colebank's photo album
|PETER COLEBANK, father of
JAMES COALBANK, father of
JAMES D COLEBANK, father of
ELLET COLEBANK, father of
|Copied with permission from "From Whence
Came the Colebanks", p.276, by Warren
Colebank, copyright 1989,.