I'm on the hunt for information on Robert Elmore "Ray" Robinson. Born on January 14, 1888, in Joplin, Missouri, Ray was a musician, a private in the United States Army, and notoriously known as the "Index Card Burglar". He spent much of his time burglarizing the homes of San Francisco's wealthy residents throughout the mid-late 1910s, and into the 1920s.
I have quite a bit of information on Ray's life in prison - California correctional records have ensured that - but I know very little about his early life. I know his birthplace (Joplin, Missouri). He didn't attend school. I also know that he enlisted in the US Army in 1909, at the age of 21. Beyond that, however, I am at a loss.
If anyone has any suggestions on how to move forward, they would be most appreciated. I suspect that his marriage record to a young Boston lady, Hester Reed Sanborn, on February 14, 1912 (in San Francisco) may hold a clue, but I haven't been able to located it yet. The only reason I know he married was an announcement in that city's newspaper.
If there are any questions, I will do my best to answer them. Thank you all in advance!