Elmer was born 3 July, 1862, in Nashua, New Hampshire, the son of Daniel Robinson Marshall, born 18 March, 1821, in Windham, New Hampshire, and his wife Roxanna R. Morse, of Wilton, New Hampshire, born 25 January, 1824. She was the daughter of Ephrem Morse and Lois Hackett, both of Wilton.
His paternal grandparents were Samson Marshall (3 April, 1786-28 May, 1845), a watchman, and his wife Margaret Davidson (1794-9 Feb., 1877); his great-grandfather was Nathaniel, son of Richard and Ruth Marshall, who married Hannah Marsh in 1788. She was born at Nottingham West, New Hampshire, 22 July, 1757.
The 1920 census shows Elmer as the manager of a grocery company, living with his wife and daughter Evelyn. The only additional information is that he owned his home clear of any mortage. A 1922 passenger record exists for Elmer, at age 62, entering the port of New York on the S.S. Orca. He was traveling alone and listed his address as 22 Berkley Street, Nashua. He makes his last appearance on the 1930 census as the proprietor of a grocery business. His daughter, unmarried at age 32, is still living with he and Nettie. He died in 5 October, 1935. A brief obituary appeared in New England papers, stating that he died at home and had been, at the time of his passing, the treasurer of the Holbrook-Marshall Company of Keene and Nashua, New Hampshire. A piece of surviving ephemera from this company proclaims that it was a wholesaler of groceries and flour, as well as a jobber of pork and lard, and a coffee roaster.
An article in the Nashua Telegraph of 1 Feb., 1961, says of Marshall, "The Holbrook Marshall Company on East Hollis Street, back forty years or so ago, was the largest wholesale grocery firm in New England, we would venture to say. It was a beehive of activity in those days, and we used to be fascinated watching the owner, the late Elmer Marshall, sitting at his desk in the window, He was our idea of a businessman, in those days."
Elmer was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery. His wife, Nettie, died in Nashua on 11 March, 1951, as was also buried at Woodlawn.
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