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Martin John Jahn

April 9, 1889 - June 30, 1960

Martin JahnMartin 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.

Rose (Miller) JahnWhile 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 Court.

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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