A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
SPECIALTREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR,INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A.M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department ofIowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and NewYork
WESLEY MARTIN at the age of over four score has many interesting duties to
occupy his time and talent.He is senior member of the law firm of Martin&
Alexander, of Webster City, and is also president of the First NationalBank
of that city.Mr. Martin is one of the few survivors of the soldierswho
fought for the cause of the Union in the Civil war.He was one of theearliest
pioneers to settle at Webster City, where he has been in practice forover
half a century.
Mr. Martin had a boyhood and youth of considerable hardship, and livedon
close terms with poverty and with hard labor.He was born at Navarre inStark
County, Ohio, December 19, 1848, son of Samuel and Matilda (Martin)Martin.
His parents were born in Pennsylvania and were married in Ohio.The mother
died in 1853 and Samuel Martin was killed during the Civilwar.
Wesley Martin after the death of his mother grew up in the home of his
paternal grandmother and had only a common school education.He attendedschool
at New Philadelphia, Ohio, and was not yet sixteen years of age when he
answered the call to the colors.From May 1, 1864, until September he waswith the
161st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and from November to October, 1865, wasin
the Second New York Heavy Artillery.He received his honorabledischarge in
October, 1865.During the war, between his term ofenlistments, he completed a
course in the Eastman National Business College atPoughkeepsie, New York.
For three years he was employed in the office ofDr. John D. Otis at New
Philadelphia, at the same time attending school there.Leaving Ohio,he went to
Cambridge, Illinois, took up the study of law andon January 7, 1876, was admitt
ed to the bar by the Supreme Court of Illinois.In May of the same year he
arrived in Webster City, and for several yearshas been the dean of the
Hamilton County bar.On coming to Iowa he wasadmitted to practice in the District
and Supreme courts, and later was admittedto practice before the United
States Supreme Court and the other Federal courts.Mr. Martin has handled many
cases of great importance and has had hisservice retained in two hundred cases
that have gone before the Iowa SupremeCourt.He has for many years been a
director of the First National Bank ofWebster City.
Mr. Martin has been honored with the office of president of theHamilton
County Bar Association and has attended and been on the programs ofmany bar
conventions.He is a member of the Commercial Law League ofAmerica, the Iowa
State Bar Association, and was vice president from Iowa of theAmerican Bar
Association.While an active Republican and frequently makingspeeches and
otherwise working for his friends of the party, he has refused alloffers of
political advancement for himself, including appointments to thebench.While
the Grand Army of the Republic was a flourishing organizationin Webster City
he served as commander of The Winfield Scott Post at WebsterCity.He is a
member of the Masonic fraternity, is a Baptist, has beendeacon of his church,
and for twenty-three years was superintendent of theSunday School.
Mr. Martin married, December 24, 1874, Miss Elizabeth Wonders.She was born
at Kewanee, Illinois, and was reared and educated in thatstate.She passed
away in 1918.
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Jennie Wonders, female, 19, school teacher, born in Illinois, sister-in-law was in the household of Wesley and Elizabeth Martin
June 1, 1900
Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa
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Wesley Martin, head, December 1848, 51, married 25 years, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, lawyer
Lizzie Martin, wife, March 1855, 45, married 25 years, eight children-six living, Illinois, England, Ireland