Clayton residents said Happy Birthday Monday to perhaps the most beloved and well-known resident.
World War II veteran Sam Robertson turned 100 today, and his family hosted a party earlier today inside the Robertson Mule Barn at Lombard and Second Street in Downtown Clayton.
Robertson knew Clayton when Main Street was just a dirt road. He survived World War II flying harrowing missions cramped inside the glass ball turret on the underbelly of a B17 Flying Fortress. And from his “office” inside the family-owned business in Downtown Clayton, he’s watched Clayton grow and change in ways he never imagined. He still keeps hours at the barn today and entertains anyone who visits with humorous and honest stories of his wartime and hometown.
Johnston County Commissioners and the Clayton Town Council adopted proclamations in Robertson’s honor.
He was also presented with The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the most prestigious awards by the Governor of North Carolina.
Happy Birthday Sam Robertson, MD. His favorite line is: No, I’m not a doctor, but I am an M.D. – a Mule Dealer!