February 13, 1879
VOL. 1; No. 37
from the article, SMILING SHELBYVILLE!
Milton B. Robins
Is the pioneer in the book and wall paper business in Shelbyville. He was born in the year 1847, and at an early period of his life displayed an aptitude for business that is seldom found in a young man of his age. He has been actively engaged in business ever since the year 1866, at which time he entered into partnership with his father, Dr. Milton Robins under the firm name of Robins & Co., in the drug and wall paper business. The two branches were run together for several years, when the increased trade in the book and wall paper business demanded his entire attention, and the drug business being distinct and separate from that of books and wall paper, it was deemed best, in 1872, to separate the two businesses. The drug store was accordingly sold to Dr. T. B. Talbott, and the book and wall paper store remained in the hands of
M. B. Robins, Dr. M. Robins retiring. In 1877, after five years of successful effort his trade having increased to such an extent that more commodious quarters were necessary for its successful prosecution, the Exchange Block was built, and one of the store rooms arranged to suit this special business. He now occupies one of the most complete rooms in every respect, that it has been our fortune to see, and it is the frequent remark that no store in the State is better arranged for the business than is Robins' Book Store. Mr. Robins' stock is very large, embracing all of the most approved literature, bound in all styles, stationery of all grades and a large assortment of wall paper and window shades. This department is complete in every respect, and he invites the attention of all persons contemplating making purchases of any goods in this line to call and see this spring's stock, which is unusually large.
Within the last year Mr. Robins has added a first-class job printing office, with all the latest and most approved styles of type and presses, and his facilities for doing all kinds of commercial work are unsurpassed.
Next biography in the "Smiling Shelbyville" newspaper article, J. S. Bergen.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming