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Robbin, MN

Robbin is located in sections 20 and 29 of Teien Township along the banks of the Red River. It was a post office from 1892 to 1933. The first postmaster was George C. Teien. Share your photos and memories of living in Robbin on this site.

Location: Teien Township, Kittson County, Minnesota
Members: 8
Latest Activity: Apr 18, 2018

Robbin Store 1938

Left to right: Daryne Ostrand, Doris Gustafson, Cliff Larson, Ida Ostrand. Daryne Ostrand married Raymond Englebretson. Doris Gustafson married Ernest Swanberg in 1939 and had two children, Marilyn and Randy. Randy Swanberg is a resident of Kittson County.

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Robbin Store 3 Replies

This was my grandparents store Dan & Ida Ostrand.  They had 3 daughters Duryne, LaVerle, Mae.  My Mom was  LaVerle.  This store holds such a special place in my heart.  I wish it were still there…Continue

Started by Cherie Deckard. Last reply by Cherie Deckard Mar 12, 2018.

Dan and Ida Ostand

I new Dan and Ida real well WE called then Grandma , and Grandpa. My Mother and Lavern were very good friends. I also remember Jeoy and I driving from Robin to California back around 1968 or 69. My…Continue

Started by Robert Lee Fredrickson Aug 2, 2015.

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Comment by Glenn Browne on March 27, 2009 at 8:30am
Marcy, Did this store sit on the north side of the road, just east of the bridge and facing South? Do you have any idea when it closed and was torn down.
Possibly a flood got it, considering how close it sat to the Red River.
Comment by Marcy Johnson on November 13, 2010 at 8:44am
Yes, the Robbin Store sat on the north just before the bridge. The Store was built about 1900 on the property owned by George C. Teien and was torn down in 1984. I will have to check on how long it operated. I do remember going into the store with my mother. I have a charge slip of my mother's from December 1941 (before I was born). She spent $4.96 on sugar .63¢, salt .10¢, oatmeal .17¢, corn flakes .20¢, pepper .10¢, bluing 10¢, Oxydol .23¢, yeast .07¢, P & G soap .10¢, brown sugar .25¢, lard .17¢, vanilla .23¢, rusks .15¢, crackers .15¢, baking powder .19¢, jello .12¢, meat .10¢ and flour $2.00. .
Comment by Marcy Johnson on November 13, 2010 at 8:50am

Modern Woodman of America – Robbin Camp, No. 5079, MAW
The Modern Woodman of America used the building for meetings. They were a fraternal benefit society that would protect families and their financial futures following the death of a breadwinner. They also sponsored many community activities. Modern Woodmen of America was founded by Joseph Cullen Root in 1883. In 2010 this is the only building still standing in Robbin, MN.
Comment by Robert Lee Fredrickson on August 2, 2015 at 5:53pm

I remember going there for Woodmen parties. Fredalf Perterson was the Woodmen agent

Comment by Jason Thomson on September 1, 2016 at 7:57pm
I have the old cabinet with over 400 drawers in it . wondering about what year it was from any pics of inside would be interesting .I was also a modern woods men
Comment by Marcy Johnson on April 18, 2018 at 8:57pm

My cousin, Arlowayne Peterson, just sent me pictures of a TV bank for coins that his Dad had. It is from the Robbin Store when it was owned by Dan and Ida Ostrand. The pictures are of the front and back of the bank.


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