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ALBERT MARTIN.—The successful agriculturist is one of the most important factors in the success and progress of a state or nation. The farmer is the producer, and the best of laws for his protection and aid should be enacted. Among the worthy class of successful farmers in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, is Albert Martin, of Otter Creek township, who is so favorably known that he needs no special introduction to the readers of the "Twentieth Century History of Mercer County, Pennsylvania."
He was born in Beaver county, Pennsylvania. September 19, 1856, and is a son of Joseph and Jane (Mitchell) Martin. Their family consisted of eight children, two sons and six daughters, as follows: Eliza Jane, wife of R. Hadley, a farmer of Hadley, Pennsylvania; Robert, deceased, who was an agriculturist of Sheldon, Iowa, and also followed the calling of an auctioneer: Louisa, wedded T. S. Cook, police officer at the state capitol building at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Emma, wife of D. C. Crawford, a lieutenant-colonel in the United States army, stationed at Manila, and who bore a prominent part in the late Spanish-American war; Alice M., wedded J. M. Linn, a prosperous farmer of Hempfield township; Ada, deceased; Clarinda, wife of F. B. Williamson, residing in Otter Creek township; and Albert, of this record.
Father Martin was born in Beaver county, Pennsylvania, January 1, 1810, and died in Otter Creek township, April 29, 1879. He received only the common school education of those early days, and was classed as a self-educated man, as he was a gentleman who improved his spare moments by reading and kept himself abreast of the news and current events of his time. He was a farmer, becoming early inured to the life of a tiller of the soil. In 1865 he purchased a farm in Otter Creek township and this township was his home until his death. Mr. Martin served his township three terms as supervisor, and was an ardent advocate of the free school system. He served on the board of school directors for twenty years, proving his honesty and integrity as a citizen. In the political arena he fully endorsed the policies of the Democratic party. In his religious faith he adhered to Presbyterianism. It was on April 15, 1841, in Beaver county, Pennsylvania, that he wedded Miss Jane Mitchell, a daughter of Joseph and Isabelle (Scott) Mitchell. She was also a native of the old Keystone state and here was reared, educated and married.
Albert Martin, of this review, received his educational training in the public schools of Pennsylvania, and he chose the occupation of an agriculturist and stockman. He remained on the homestead of his parents until the death of his father, when he assumed charge of the estate, purchasing the shares of the other heirs. It is a well established fact from the appearance of the beautiful homestead that Mr. Martin, assisted by his estimable wife, is a careful and painstaking farmer. The large and commodious barn and outbuildings and well kept grounds and the modern home are indexes of thrift and neatness.
He wedded Miss Anna Melvin, May 12. 1881, and to this happy union four children, two sons and two daughters, have been born and all are living. Mr. and Mrs. Martin have educated their children for useful professions. Nellie Jane, educated in the common schools and Fredonia Academy and at Grove City College, has been a teacher in Mercer county for nine years, part of the time in the city schools of Sharon. She went abroad in 1907 and visited England, France. Switzerland and most of continental Europe. Susan Mabel, educated in the common schools and at Fredonia Academy and Sandy Lake College, has taught school in Mercer county for five years. Howard Lee, now in California, was educated in Fredonia Academy. Burt C., in the eighth grade, is the youngest of the family.
Mrs. Martin was born May 12. 1858, and is a daughter of Henry and Susan (Laird) Melvin, who are retired farmers residing in Fredonia, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Martin was educated in the common schools of her native state. Over one-quarter of a century has passed away since the nuptial ceremonies of Mr. and Mrs. Martin, and all these years has she stood by the side of her husband with counsel and advice in the building up of their happy home. The farm comprises one hundred and twenty-six acres lying four miles from Greenville.
Politically Mr. Martin has faithfully followed in the footsteps of his father and has by voice and franchise supported the Democratic party— the sterling principles of Democracy as laid down by the "Sage of Monticello," Thomas Jefferson, as well as by "Old Hickory," Andrew Jackson. All intelligent people will pay homage to the man who fearlessly upholds those principles and policies which he thinks in his heart are best for the masses. As said of the father of Albert Martin, so of the son. His township saw in him a man of firm resolve and character and gave to him the office of custodian of the affairs of supervisor and an office on the school board for years.