Whereabouts of Zon Robinson Still A Mystery
A mystery, which challenged the best thoughts of the people of the Cliffside area fifteen years ago, is still a mystery, and grows deeper as the days go by.
A legal advertisement, currently appearing in the Forest City Courier, a notice of summons by publication, calls upon Zon Robinsons to appear and show cause why the administrator of his parents’ estate should not sell certain land to create assets. The advertisement is being run merely as a legal requirement to clear any future question as to the title.
Just before World War No. 2, Zon Robinson, a brilliant young man of the Cliffside area disappeared. He was very active in community and civic affairs, a church leader, Boy Scout leader, teacher and one whose time was always available for anything, which would benefit his community.
Completing his studies at Wake Forest College he wrote his parents, the Mr. And Mrs. S. C. Robinson, that he was entering secret service and that they would not hear from him frequently.
He went to Washington and there his trail disappeared.
From that day to this hundreds of dollars have been spent in the investigation, the late Senator Clyde R. Hoey spent days going over Government records, his parents died in the meantime, but no inkling as to what happened to Zon Robinson has ever been recovered.
When his family did not hear from him after a reasonable time his parents attempted to learn his whereabouts. After this failed they appealed to the government to give them any information they may have on Robinson.
At the close of the war Senator Clyde Hoey took up the search. He spent much time going through official government records. He searched army, navy, marine and Intelligence records but found nothing.
The assumption was that Robinson, a keen, shrewd youngster, had been tapped for some ultra-secret job as an intelligence officer. However, nothing to indicate this was ever turned up. In spite of Mr. Hoey’s diligent research he never even found Robinson’s name in the records of any government agency.
His parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Robinson died a few years ago without learning the fate of their brilliant son. The family today is just as puzzled as they were early in World War No. 2 when they did not hear from him.
The question still remains: what happened to Zon Robinson.
Prior to his disappearance, Zon Roppe Robinson was an English professor and debate team coach on a leave of absence from Wake Forest College. There is more about him, including his photograph, on their Web site.
Reprinted with permission from The Daily Courier. Copyright owned by The Daily Courier.