PAUL J. ROBINSON.
Paul J. Robinson, district manager of the Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company of Los Angeles, with local office
and headquarters in Porterville, is an easterner by birth and rearing but has been a resident of California for
almost 18 years and thus feels quite as much at home here as though he always had lived here, and his activities
in Tulare county and throughout this section of the state generally have given him as thorough an acquaintance
with local conditions as any. He was born in the city of Elizabeth, in the state of New Jersey, September 21, 1887,
and acquired his education in the schools of that city and in New York city and Massachusetts.
Upon leaving school Mr. Robinson became employed as a clerk in the home office of the Prudential Life Insurance
Company at Newark, New Jersey, and there became well grounded in the details of the insurance business. In 1907,
he then being twenty one years of age, he came to California to visit his sister, Mrs. T. R. MacSwain, who had
become a resident of Lemon Cave in Tulare county, and before the period set for the termination of his vacation
had ended he had become so deeply charmed with the location and so highly impressed by general conditions here
that he decided to cut loose from his eastern connections and make this his home. Securing employment as a clerk
in the office of the Visalia Electric Railway Company at Le Cove, Mr. Robinson settled down to the engaging business
of becoming a resident of Tulare county. He later became connected with the United States Forest Service and was
for three years thus associated, operating in the mountains east of Porterville. In 1912' he went into the grain
and produce business in Porterville, in association with Howard Lyng. When fire presently destroyed this firm's
plant the partners did not resume the business and Mr. Robinson then turned his attention to orange growing, buying
an orchard which he later sold and in 1923 he was made the manager for this district of the operations of the Pacific
Mutual Life Insurance Company of Los Angeles and has since been engaged in that capacity with offices at No. 3,
the Baker building in Porterville. Mr. Robinson has not lost his interest in fruit growing and he is a member of
the board of directors of the local packing house and citrus growers association. He and his wife make their home
on a twenty acre tract within the limits of the city of Porterville and he there has room for a nice orange grove
and a snug little dairy plant.
In 1913, in Porterville, Mr. Robinson was united in marriage to Miss Laurel A. Baker, who was born in the city
of San Francisco and who is a daughter of the late Robert Baker, who was one of the leaders in development work
in Tulare county. Robert Baker was a native of Iowa, who in the days of his young manhood came to California and
became a settler in what is now Tulare county. When this county was erected into a separate civic entity he was
elected a member of the first board of supervisors of the county and thus was a prominent factor in the formal
organization of the county. He became engaged in the general mercantile business in Porterville and was for years
one of the leaders in the work of developing that city's general commercial and industrial interests. Mr. and Mrs.
Robinson are members of the Tulare County Golf and Country Club, of the Monache Golf Club and of the Monte Vista
Tennis Club and are otherwise interested and helpful participants in the community's general social activities.
Mr. Robinson is the captain of the golf team of the first named club and is the secretary of the last named, he
being well practiced in both golf and tennis. He is a charter member of the locally influential Lions Club, an
organization for general civic service, and has long given his earnest attention to such movements as have to do
with the promotion of the community's best interests. Mr. Robinson also takes an interested part in the activities
of the local fraternal organizations, is a member of Porterville Lodge No. 93, of the Knights of Pythias and is
a charter member of Porterville Lodge No. 1342, of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He is a director in
the People's Finance and Thrift Company of Porterville.
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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