A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and New York
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 National Bank
of that city. Mr. Martin is one of the few survivors of the soldiers who
fought for the cause of the Union in the Civil war. He was one of the earliest
pioneers to settle at Webster City, where he has been in practice for over
half a century.
Mr. Martin had a boyhood and youth of considerable hardship, and lived on
close terms with poverty and with hard labor. He was born at Navarre in Stark
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 Civil war.
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 attended school
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 was with the
161st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and from November to October, 1865, was in
the Second New York Heavy Artillery. He received his honorable discharge in
October, 1865. During the war, between his term of enlistments, he completed a
course in the Eastman National Business College at Poughkeepsie, New York.
For three years he was employed in the office of Dr. 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 and on 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 years has been the dean of the
Hamilton County bar. On coming to Iowa he was admitted to practice in the District
and Supreme courts, and later was admitted to practice before the United
States Supreme Court and the other Federal courts. Mr. Martin has handled many
cases of great importance and has had his service retained in two hundred cases
that have gone before the Iowa Supreme Court. He has for many years been a
director of the First National Bank of Webster City.
Mr. Martin has been honored with the office of president of the Hamilton
County Bar Association and has attended and been on the programs of many bar
conventions. He is a member of the Commercial Law League of America, the Iowa
State Bar Association, and was vice president from Iowa of the American Bar
Association. While an active Republican and frequently making speeches and
otherwise working for his friends of the party, he has refused all offers of
political advancement for himself, including appointments to the bench. While
the Grand Army of the Republic was a flourishing organization in Webster City
he served as commander of The Winfield Scott Post at Webster City. He is a
member of the Masonic fraternity, is a Baptist, has been deacon of his church,
and for twenty-three years was superintendent of the Sunday School.
Mr. Martin married, December 24, 1874, Miss Elizabeth Wonders. She was born
at Kewanee, Illinois, and was reared and educated in that state. 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
Line 67 402 17 18 First Street
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