Tag Archives: Paul Valdo Robinson

Robinson Sent to Workhouse

Schwartz, W. B. - 1900-03-06Robinson Sent to Workhouse

Paul V. Robinson, who shot his wife, stenographer in the law office of W. B. Schwartz, on East Washington street, Jan. 19, was fined $160 and sentenced to the workhouse for six months, by Judge Alford, in the Criminal Court, yesterday. The original charge was assault and battery with intent to kill, but the intent was withdrawn and he was permitted to pleas guilty to assault and battery. Mrs. Robinson was shot in the back, but was not seriously hurt, and another shot came very near hitting Attorney Schwartz, who disarmed Robinson. About a week ago Mrs. Robinson filed suit for divorce.


–Fremont Alford, Judge–

The State of Indiana vs. Paul Robinson; assault and battery to kill. Defendant withdrew former plea of not guilty and pleaded guilty. Find $160 and sentenced to the workhouse for six months.

“Robinson Sent to Workhouse,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 6 March 1900, p. 6, col. 4; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 13 March 2014).

“Criminal Court,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 6 March 1900, p. 6, col. 5; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 13 March 2014).

Robinson’s Mental Condition

Schwartz, W. B. - 1900-02-20ROBINSON’s MENTAL CONDITION

May Result in His Being Given a Workhouse Sentence.

It is probably that Paul V. Robinson, who shot and wounded his young wife, Tillie Robinson, at the office of Attorney Schwartz, where she was employed, will be given a workhouse sentence of about a year. It is claimed that Robinson is not mentally sound at all times and his family has been threatening to have a commission investigate his sanity with a view to putting him in the asylum. They are willing, however, for the State to send him to the workhouse for a year, and if it is concluded to do this there will probably be no defense in his case. An affidavit has been received from the judge of the Probate Court at Minneapolis stating that Robinson was arrested in that city last December and locked up on the insanity charge. The affidavit states that Robinson was in a bad state of mind at the time from worrying about his wife, who was in this city.

“Robinson’s Mental Condition,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 20 February 1900, p. 6, col. 4; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 12 March 2013).

Tillie Robinson Now Free

Schwartz, W. B. - 1900-02-16TILLIE ROBINSON NOW FREE

She Secures a Divorce from Man Who Shot Her – Other Divorces.

Late yesterday afternoon Judge Allen, of the Circuit Court, granted a divorce to Mrs. Tillie Robinson, who was shot and wounded by her husband, Paul Robinson, on Jan. 21, at the office of Attorney Schwartz, where Mrs. Robinson was employed as a clerk. The woman looks to be about twenty-three years old and is rather pretty. The wound given her by her husband has almost healed.

Robinson was not in court when the case was called and Judge Allen instructed the bailiff to call him. Bailiff Twiname called Robinson three times, but he did not respond. Some one remarked that Robinson was in jail and couldn’t very well respond. Mrs. Robinson told her story and the court gave her a divorce and restored her maiden name, Tillie Gisler. She said she was married to Robinson on Dec. 15, 1897. She said he failed to support her properly and associated with other women. She said that when she learned of his immoral conduct she left him. Their trouble culminated on Jan. 21, last, when he came to the office where she was employed and shot her.

“Tillie Robinson Now Free,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 16 February 1900, p. 6, col. 4; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 12 March 2014).

Mrs. Tillie Robinson’s Suit

Schwartz, W. B. - 1900-01-26MRS. TILLIE ROBINSON’S SUIT.

Wants a Divorce from the Man Who Tried to Kill Her

Mrs.Tillie Robinson who was shot and seriously wounded a few days ago by her husband, Paul Robinson, yesterday began an action against him for divorce. The shooting took place on Jan. 19, in the office of Attorney Schwartz on East Washington street, where Mrs. Robinson was employed as stenographer. Mrs. Robinson says she was married on Dec. 15, 1897. She avers that shortly after her marriage her husband began to show a trifling and quarrelsome disposition. She says he failed to support her properly and would go away and leave her destitute of means of support. She also charges that he was inclined to be fond of other woman. She avers that as soon as learned of his conduct she declined to live with him longer. Their trouble culminated on Jan. 19 when he walked into the office of Lawyer Schwartz and, finding his wife there at work, fired at her. The bullet took effect and she was painfully wounded.

“Mrs. Tillie Robinson’s Suit,” The Indianapolis Journel (Indianapolis, Indiana), 26 January 1900, p. 6, col. 4; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 11 March 2014).

Bullet Takes Effect

Schwartz, W. B. - 1900-01-20BULLET TAKES EFFECT


The Murderous Attack Is Made in the Law Office of W. B. Schwartz – Robinson Arrested.

Paul Valdo Robinson, an electrical worker, returned yesterday from Minneapolis and, after going to the office of W. B. Schwartz, 146 ½ East Washington street, and, asking his wife from whom he had been separated for six months, to again live with him, shot three times at her inflicting an ugly but not dangerous wound in her right shoulder. Only one of the three shots fired took effect. One of the bullets narrowly missed Schwartz who hurried to the young woman’s assistance.

According to all reports and statements of Robinson and the injured woman, the attempted murder was contemplated for some time. Letters from Robinson to other women in the city show he had considered the matter for some time.

The shooting occurred about 11 a.m. Schwartz was in his office talking with A. J. Bailey. Robinson entered and going to where his wife sat asked to talk with her. She was much surprised, not knowing he was in the city; but, though she told him before she would have nothing further to do with him, went into a small room adjoining the main office.

Mr. Baily had just left the office when a shot was fired in the room occupied by Robinson and his wife. A second quickly followed. Schwartz sprang to the door and opened it. Robinson was pointing the smoking revolver at his wife. He grabbed the woman and shoved her from the room and then Robinson fired the third shot while Schwartz was trying to wrest the weapon from him. Justice Hay, whose office is on the opposite side of the hall, and a constable rushed in and took charge of Robinson. The police were quickly on the scene and, after a short consultation, the prisoner was taken out through a window and over a roof to an exit on Delaware street, in order to avoid the crowd gathering on Washington street.

Dispensary physicians were called and Dr. Griffiths, who examined the woman awaiting the arrival of the hospital ambulance, found the bullet had lodged near the base of the shoulder blade about a quarter of an inch under the skin. The woman was removed to the home of her father, John U. Gisler, 824 Greer street. The bullet was extracted and unless blood poisoning sets in she will undoubtedly recover.

Robinson, though fairly well dressed, has the appearance of affecting toughness and apparently takes much pleasure in hearing himself spoken of as a bad man.

Lawyer Schwartz said the woman came to him several months ago and through him brought suit for divorce. She claimed that since their marriage two years ago she was compelled to work most of the time and supported herself and husband and concluded to leave him.

Robinson purchased the revolver with which he did the shooting at a pawn shop on East Washington street and said he bought it with the intention of killing his wife if she refused to live with him again. He said he had heard charges of improper conduct made against his wife and when questioned about them she refused to confirm or deny them.

Robinson is charged with shooting with intent to kill.

“Bullet Takes Effect,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 20 January 1900, p. 8, col. 3; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 10 March 2014).

[Editor’s note: Paul V. Robinson married Tillie Gisler on 15 December 1897, in Marion county, Indiana. Tillie was short for Matilda. On June 1, 1900, Matilda was living with her parents, and she was divorced.]

Robinson, Tillie (Gisler) - 1900 Census

1900 U. S. Census, Marion county, Indiana, population schedule, Centre Township, ED 162, p. 1-B, John U. Gisler

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