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     Ken Robinson’s father, Ephram Robinson, Rutgers Class of ’41, Agriculture Economics, is featured in the Rutgers Oral History Archives, where he detailed life in New Jersey in the early 20th century. Ken’s mother gifted him a collection of photos after his father’s passing in 2009. Below are some images from the family’s farm in Toms River, New Jersey.



Ephram Robinson cleaning the chicken coop.
circa 1950s



Ephram tending to one of the trees in the orchard he planted on the farm after getting out of the chicken business.



Ken’s mother’s stepfather, Harry Dardick, on his farm in Toms River, NJ.
circa 1950s



Below, Ken’s mother Mildred Robinson talks about living on the family chicken farm in Tom’s River after the Second World War until 1964 or 1965. At the peak, Ken’s father managed five farms with a total of about 35,000 chickens.

Filmed at Stein Assisted Living Residence, November, 2013.

Ken has also created a website titled “Jewish Pioneers of Toms River” that can be accessed at the link below: