Martin was born on April 9, 1889, in Philadelphia and moved with his
parents to St. Paul, then on to Roscoe, Minnesota. Upon completion of
the eighth grade, he took a normal training course and began teaching in
rural schools in Stearns County. Continuing his education through
correspondence courses and summer school, he eventually became
Superintendent of Schools in Walnut Grove and Norwood, Minnesota.
teaching at Box Elder Grove School, near Spring Hill, Martin met and
married Rose Mary Miller, daughter of Mathias Miller and Juliana
Lentsch. Rose was born at Spring Hill on September 30, 1889. Their
marriage took place at Lake Henry, Minnesota, on August 28, 1912. Their
children are Esther,
Bert, and Betty.
After 31 years of teaching and administration, Martin retired at the
age of 49. Never one to remain idle, he sought other employment, chiefly
with the National Youth Administration and the Minneapolis Municipal
In 1958, Martin and Rose built a home in Paynesville. Martin died on
June 30, 1960, in the Paynesville Hospital. Rose died in the same hospital
on April 4, 1966. They are buried together in the Paynesville cemetery.
An unusually honest and conscientious person, Martin always did what he
thought was right, even though it might be to his disadvantage. He was an
excellent teacher, especially in the field of mathematics. He strove for
perfection in himself, his children, and his students, believing that no
job was done unless it was done right. He dearly loved doing things for
others, and he enjoyed entertaining visiting friends and relatives. Many
of his nieces and nephews have fond memories of going fishing with "Uncle
Martin." To his grandchildren, he was known and loved as "Gramps."
Source: Eighteen Cousins, by Bert Jahn (1988)
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