|Birth: ||Mar. 9, 1843|
|Death: ||Jan. 12, 1933|
PHOTO: Almarine Martin
PHOTO: Almarine A. Martin and children
Seated: Elsie, John, Almarine, Susannah, George.
Standing: James, Earl, Rufus, Almarine Jr, Bertha Trixie.
Photo taken before Dec 1916
PHOTO: A Happy Family
Earl, John, Susannah's husband Willis Farley, Almarine Martin, James' wife Lillian, John's wife Stella.
Stella Griffe Martin, pictured far right, shared, "The men were putting up ice. When the creek froze over, they filled the ice house. We are eating a watermelon they found in the empty ice house. Jim took the picture."
1903, Phillip's Co, Kansas
PHOTO (next page): Breeding Project
Almarine's breeding project on the old homestead in Phillips Co, Kansas. "As I remember, nothing developed." daughter-in-law, Stella Griffee Martin tells.
CIVIL WAR: The North (Union)
Private, Company K, 1st regiment, Bissell's Missouri Engineers, Volunteers of the West. His war experience took him through much of the hard struggle, with many months in the hospital. He marched with Sherman from Atlanta to the sea and paticipated in the Grand Review in Washington DC at the end of the war.
War Records: 5'8" in height; dark complexion, black eyes, brown hair
HOME SWEET HOME:
In early youth Almarine came with his parents in a covered wagon from Ohio to southern Iowa where he made his home until after the Civil War.
After the war Almarine moved to Kansas, homesteaded, and farmed 7 miles southwest of Kirwin on Bowcreek. Their first home was a sod house. There were Indians and buffalo in Kansas. Almarine accumulated a lot of land and was a man well known. First wife, America Anderson, died in the fall of 1867, giving birth to twins who also died. He had 12 more children with his 2nd wife, Mary Jane Shurts, who died in 1898. He worked hard and raised his family after his wife's death, his youngest child being only 4 years old. The family attended the Methodist Episcopal Church.
"The main crop was corn and husking time was real exciting; the men went into the field with a team of horses hitched to a wagon and the sound of the ears of corn hitting the side boads was great to listen to. When the wagon was full, they would empty and go for another load, lots of competition. Very little wheat until later years, some oats that would be cut and shocked and later thrashed. Almarine, not only raised pigs, he also fattened cattle and would ship both to Kansas City, going with the load. He was also known for his watermelons. Having a huge patch, people would come quite a distance for them. He would take wagon loads of them into town. We always had plenty of rain, so they did well." (by Stella)
Almarine owned a market in town that his brother, Sam, managed.
NEWSPAPER: Phillips Co, Kansas
Kirwin Chief, November 24, 1883:
Al Martin sold his home place to Mrs. Caroline Hawks [Caroline was the aunt of Almarine's wife, Mary Jane Shurts]. We are pleased to state that Mr. Martin will not leave us, but will move on his other farm on the east side of Bow Creek.
Kirwin Chief, June 12, 1884: "Al Martin of Bow Creek, brought us down a bundle of rye, last Monday, cut even with the ground, measuring & fee 7-inches in height. Who will beat it?"
Kirwin Chief, November 21, 1895: "Mr. A. Martin of Bow Creek, has built a new barn which is the largest structure of the kind on Bow Creek. He is also feeding two car loads of cattle of his own raising with corn of his own raising."
NEVER GIVE UP:
"I remember Great-grandfather Almarine pretty well as I was 12 years old when he died. The one thing that has always stayed in my mind was how he would work in the garden. He would hoe until he fell. He was too weak to get up by himself so he would hoe around him as far as he could reach. When someone helped him up, he would just start all over again." Christina Dryden Woolford.
James Peter Martin (1816 - 1905)
Eliza Grace Martin (1817 - 1862)
Mary Jane Shurts Martin (1851 - 1898)*
Eliza Jane Martin Mason (1871 - 1891)*
Elsie Irena Martin Dryden (1880 - 1971)*
Bertha Trixie Martin John (1886 - 1966)*
Almarine A. Martin (1843 - 1933)
Silas Martin (1847 - 1847)*
Mathias Martin (1848 - 1936)*
James Peter Martin (1850 - 1932)*
John Samuel Martin (1852 - 1918)*
Thomas Martin (1854 - 1860)*
Henry Martin (1856 - 1865)*
Maintained by: Stones Calling
Originally Created by: Barbara Bowman
Record added: Jul 30, 2010
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