Judge Isaac and Mary Parker will present a program on 19th century life in Fort Smith at noon today (April 27) at Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library in Sallisaw.
The Parkers won’t really be there of course, but re-enacting what the Parkers’ frontier life was like will be Floyd and Sue Robison.
Floyd Robison recently became president and CEO of the Friends of the Fort, a support group at the Fort Smith National Historic Site. Both Robisons serve on the Fort Smith Historical Journal Board of Directors, and the April issue of the journal features an article Sue wrote on Mary Parker’s life in Fort Smith and her life after her husband’s death.
Floyd Robison began volunteering at the Fort Smith National Historic Site more than 14 years ago, and a park ranger asked if he would portray Judge Parker in the site’s courtroom. He hasn’t put down the gavel since that day. Floyd portrays Judge Parker in the night courts presented at the historic site.
Floyd then convinced Sue to join him as Mrs. Mary Parker to help serve cake at a birthday party thrown for Judge Parker at the Fort Smith Museum of History about nine years ago. As a couple, the Robisons have been tour guides on the Museum of History’s Haunted Trolley for eight years, presented local history to thousands of school children at the museum and met with hundreds of visitors to Fort Smith.
Both Fort Smith natives, the Robisons are retired. Floyd worked 35 and a half years at ABF in the overcharge department at ABF headquarters in Fort Smith. Sue spent 33 years in media and public relations before the couple retired together a little over two years ago.
Those planning on attending the presentation are asked to RSVP to the library at 918-775-4481.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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