Clara Sprague Robison was born in the mountains of north Georgia, in early 1911. Her father was a sustenance farmer but after a series of deaths from influenza in the early 1920s, first her younger brother then her father, the family fell on hard times. Eventually, a fellow from off the mountain heard about their situation and stopped by their farm one day on his way back after delivering a piece of furniture to offer this help. This was Johnny Campbell, a local carpenter and general handyman who lived in the valley.
There was an attraction felt immediately between Clara and Johnny but they did nothing to act on what they both felt, initially somewhat scared of the power of the emotions. It wasn’t until he came to her mountain church, a not insignificant journey, did Clara allow her feelings to grow into love (see song “A River Running Wild“).
Clara and Johnny would soon marry and have three children, Marcus, Nora and Emily before Johnny is killed in WWII.
Clara is the great-grandaunt of Pearl Robison.