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Mr. E.S. Martin

Posted by littlecitiesarchive on August 14, 2010

from the .. “Photographic and Industrial History of New Straitsville 1907″

Mr. E.S. Martin

The name of Martin is one that has been closely associated with the History of New Straitsville since the beginning. · Mr. E. S. Martin, the subject of this sketch, has been identified with so many enterprises and undertakings of  importance and actual benefit to our city that itis a pleasure to give the following biography:

He was born in Lancaster, Ohio, 1855, he son of Mr. John D. Martin and Mary Jane Martin, nee Herman. His father was one of the original founders and promoters of New Straitsville; and a member of the company which began the development of the great coal fields of Straitsville. Previous to the Senior Martin’s death in 1898, he was for many years as a valued and respected citizen of Lancaster.

Mr. E. S. Martin attended the public and High School of his native city, and at the early age ‘of 16 years began’ life for himself by removing to New Straitsville and working in the first company store established here.

He learned telegraphy and was employed as telegraph operator by the Hocking Valley’ R. R. at the South Depot in Columbus for a period of eight months, being soon appointed as Railroad Agent and  Telegraph Operator’ at Gore,  and also having charge of the Company Mine and Store at Gore for one year. He again  emoved”’ to New Straitsville, and during the winter of 1872-1873 weighed coal at the newly opened Central Mine.

In the Spring of 1873 Mr. Martin was appointed Superintendent of the Plummer Hill Mine, then being’ opened. and continued in charge while this mine was being made ready for operation and the equipment placed ready for shipping coal, remaining as the Superintendent until 1876. .

Mr. Martin then became a resident of Cleveland, and was actively engaged as a member of the firm of Martin and Co., doing an extensive coal shipping business on the Lakes for eight years, with one exception, being located at Para, Brazil in 1878,  engaged in the Marble business.

In 1883 he’ assisted in the organization of the C. & H. C. & I. Co., still doing business in New Straitsville, and served for one year as a member of the First Board of Directors of the Company.

He returned to his adopted town in 1884, and has remained as a citizen since that time. During the ‘great strike of 1884, he organized the Straitsville Cooperative Coal Co., and opened the mine now known as Mine No. 5. In 1887 he formed in connection with Mr. J. M. Roan the firm of Martin and Roan, .as successors to the Co-operative Concern; and operated this mine until 1899, when it was leased to the Buckeye Coal and Railway Co. ‘ Then followed his retirement from active coal operations other than retaining the ownership of extensive coal lands, which are now under lease to various mining companies.

Mr. Martin is also an extensive real estate owner in New Straitsville, and has been actively identified with many necessary improvements which have taken place during his residence in .New Straitsville. Always having been in favor of good highways, in 1895 he commenced a Good Roads agitation in Perry County, which was ineffectual as far as the County Measure was concerned.

Confining his activities to his home town, the streets and highways of New Straitsville were macadamized in a thorough and permanent manner during his term of Trustee of Coal Township, his election to this office occurring in 1902.

Previous to this period he had served on the School Board from 1893 to 1896, and as a :Member of the Town Council from 1895 to 1897. It was during this period of his service on the Town Council that the street improvements before mentioned were begun.

Mr. Martin, in 190:3, began an organized attempt to secure the location in New Straitsville of the New Press Brick Plant.  A very successful undertaking, as the plant now ranks as one of New Straitsville’s leading industrial concerns.  During this same year he also succeeded in organizing the Martin Bank Company, which is now a very prosperous concern. In 1904 he organized the Straitsville Social and Athletic Club, a sketch of which appears in this book.

Martin has been twice married, his first marriage occurring in 1878 to Miss Agnes C. Alford, of Cleveland, who died in 1884, one son , Mr. John D. Martin, present Superintendent of the Straitsville Impervious Brick Co. blessing the union, the second marriage being in 1892 with Miss Maria Ewing, a daughter of Gen. Thomas Ewing.

Mr. Martin is a member of ‘the , Knights of Pythias. He is the present Representative of Perry County, having been elected in the Fall of 1905.  Mr. Martin has always endeavored in every conceivable manner to assist in the bettement of conditions in New Straitsville. ‘

In all matters of improvement in which he has had a part, he has been actuated by unselfish motives, spending both time and money liberally where it is possible to attain the end desired.  To his endeavors and liberality it can truthfully be said that New Straitsville owes much of her improved appearance and prosperous conditions.

Every town needs a citizen who can take the lead in ventures intending to promote the general welfare of the inhabitants and to secure the blessings of prosperity to them, and such are so fortunate to have leaders like our esteemed citizen are singularly blessed.

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