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.
PETER MARTIN is one of the venerable
residents of Lincoln county. He has wrought here since 1888, with
marked industry and sagacity and has gained as a result of his labors a
fine estate, well improved and productive. He resides about four
miles north of Sherman and is one of the respected and esteemed citizens.
Mr. Martin is a descendant of the old Norsemen whose explorations
are among the most wonderful of any nation on the globe. He is possessed
of the vigor and progressiveness of his people and has manifested the same
during a long and useful career.
Peter Martin was born in Norway, on December
15, 1832, being the son of Martin and Dorotha (Paulson) Hanson, natives
of Norway. They came to Minnesota in 1854, which state was then an
unsurveyed vastness of prairie with no railroad connections nearer than
Chicago. Our subject received his education in the common schools
of Norway and when twenty-one came to the United States, settling with
his parents in Minnesota in 1854. For thirty four years, he was an
industrious tiller of the soil there and then he decided to sell his property
and come to Lincoln county. This was in 1888 and since that time,
Mr. Martin has been one of the well known farmers here. In 1874,
Mr. Martin married Miss Alete, daughter of Martin and Carrie (Peterson)
Thompson. The following children have been born to our subject, Martin,
Andrew, John, Marie, Albert, Clara D., Peter, M. Lizzie, Henry, and Emil.
Mr. Martin is now seventy-one years of age and is entitled to pass the
closing years of his well spent life in the quiet enjoyment of that competence
which his industry and success have amassed for him. He has held
many offices of public trust in this country and has ever shown himself
worthy of the confidence of the people. Mr. Martin's spirit may be
discerned from the fact that when he came to this country, he immediately
set to work to master the English language and soon became a very proficient