Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
TARBLE W. MARTIN resides with
his half-brother, William I. Purcell, the subject of another sketch appearing
in this history. He was born in Danville, Illinois, May 20, 1833,
the son of William and Cerraphina (Weatherbee) Martin, natives of Kentucky
and New York respectively. His parents settled in Illinois in an
early day, and in that state the father died in 1838. The mother,
after having married again, later came to Adams county, Washington, where
she died in 1898.
Mr. Martin came west with an ox team to California,
in 1852. He began mining at Downieville, California, the following
year and continued thus engaged until 1855, when he went north to Rogue
River and to Portland, Oregon. During the autumn of that year, war
with the Indians broke out, whereupon our subject, with a brother, volunteered
to go to the front as soldiers. They served from November until May,
when Mr. Martin entered the employ of the government in the Indian service.
On one occasion he took a load of provisions for the Indians to Dayton,
Washington, and while enroute was captured by the war-like savages and
held prisoner for two days. He packed freight, after that time from
Fort Simco to The Dalles until November, 1856, when he and his brother
went to Texas. They remained in that state until 1860, when Mr. Martin
went to Illinois where he farmed until 1883. In the year mentioned
he came to Washington, stopping at Dayton, whence he came to Adams county.
Here he filed on a half-section of land which he still owns, and in November,
1903, he went to Oklahoma, where he remained a brief space, from that territory
he went to Texas, and thence to points in California, returning home in
February of the following year.
On October 15, 1863, Tarble W. Martin was
married to Mary J. Hogan, daughter of Adley and Nancy (Hornbach) Hogan,
the former a native of South Carolina and the latter of Kentucky.
The parents of Mrs. Martin settled in Pike county, Illinois, about the
year 1840, and there spent the remainder of their lives. They were
the parents of five children.
Mr. Martin in 1860 allied himself with the
Republican party and remained a Republican until 1892, when he joined the
ranks of the People's Party, of which he is a member at the present time.
He has repeatedly held school offices, and was elected the first assessor
of Adams county, but never served owing to his refusal to qualify for the