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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Walter Clyde Martin.

Walter Clyde Martin, a representative young agriculturist and worthy native son of Adair county, was born on the 30th of July, 1883, his parents being W. J. and Malinda J. (Orr) Martin, the former a native of Ireland and the latter of New York.  W. J. Martin emigrated to the United States about 1867, first locating in Illinois and subsequently coming to Iowa.  In this state he was married and in 1880 took up his abode in Adair county, settling on a farm in Harrison township, where both he and his wife are still living.  The period of his residence in this county now covers more than a third of a century and he has long been numbered among its substantial agriculturists and respected citizens.  To him and his wife have been born seven children, five of whom yet survive.

Walter C. Martin attended the common schools in the acquirement of an education and remained under the parental roof until twenty-eight years of age, assisting in the work of the home farm and thus gaining comprehensive knowledge of the best methods of tilling the soil and caring for crops.  In 1911 he purchased a quarter section of land on section 5, Grand River township, on which he has since made his home, and also owns eighty acres on section 30, Harrison township.  He cultivates the cereals best adapted to soil and climate and also devotes considerable attention to the raising of hogs and cattle, finding this branch of his business satisfactorily remunerative.

On the 12th of March, 1914, Mr. Martin was joined in wedlock to Miss Marion W. Beaman, a native of Adair county and a daughter of M. L. and Ida V. (Stowell) Beaman, who were born in Indiana and New York respectively.  Mrs. Martin completed a course in music and taught the art for three years prior to her marriage.  Mr. Martin is a stanch republican in politics but has never sought nor desired the honors and emoluments of office as a reward for his party fealty.  Both have spent their entire lives in this county and are well known and highly esteemed within its borders.



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