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      Richard W. Martin, Loyalton’s capable and efficient constable and city marshal, has recently been reelected for his third successive term, being regarded as one of the best officials the town has ever had.  Born at Junction City, Kansas, November 17, 1869, he is a son of John S. and Mary C. (Stratton) Martin, who were born in Wisconsin, were respectively of Cornish and Irish descent, and the father was a Union soldier during the Civil War.  Of their five children, Richard W. is the third in order of birth, and is the only one living in California.  He was reared in Clay county, Kansas, to the age of ten years, and on May 1, 1879, left home and came to Summit (now Chilcoot), California.  There he grew to young manhood, being reared in the home of an uncle, R. W. Martin, who was formerly the storekeeper at Summit.  Mr. Martin assisted his uncle in the store and remained in his employ for several years.  In 1887 he went back to his old home, where he remained a year and a half, when he returned to California and was again with his uncle for a short time.  He then turned to outdoor work, such as buckaroo and stage driving, and drove a six-horse passenger stage from Truckee to Sierraville and from Sierraville to Chilcoot.  In the summer he has driven to Sierra City and has also crossed the Yuba pass in twenty-two feet of snow.  He attended the public schools at Summit, and after his marriage, in 1893, established his home at that place and for a period of eighteen months was employed on the construction of the Western Pacific tunnel, which was completed in 1910.  On his return to Loyalton Mr. Martin, who has always loved horses, engaged in teaming, drove a creamery wagon and hauled freight for a time, but the automobile eventually displaced dobbin.  Mr. Martin was appointed constable and city marshal of Loyalton to fill a vacancy, and so satisfactorily did he discharge his official duties that he was regularly elected to that dual position seven years ago, and has been reelected every four years, without opposition.  In addition to being constable and city marshal, he also serves as night watchman for the Clover Valley Lumber Company, protecting its extensive mills, yards, factories and shops.

      In 1893, in Reno, Nevada, Mr. Martin was united in marriage to Miss Mary J. Kelley, a daughter of Joe D. and Annie Elizabeth (McCormick) Kelley, who were pioneer settlers in Loyalton.  The father was born in Quebec, Canada, and the mother in Brooklyn, New York.  They came to California by way of the isthmus of Panama and settled a half mile west of what is now Loyalton, on the old Dave Russell place.  There Mr. Kelley built and ran the first blacksmith shop in this locality.  To him and his wife were born fourteen children, of whom ten grew to maturity.  To Mr. and Mrs. Martin have been born five children, as follows:  Philip, the foreman of the Clover Valley ranch and a veteran of the World War, married Miss Bernice Mahoney, a very popular teacher, who was a candidate for the office of superintendent of county schools, but was defeated, though she made a very creditable showing; Gilmore, who also is a veteran of the late war and assists his older brother on the latter’s ranch in Clover Valley, married Miss Edna Hathaway and they have six children, Francis, Lela, Dick, Joe, Elma and Edna; Eugene, who lives on a ranch in the Sierra Valley, married Miss Kathryn Barker and they have two children, Dorothy and Mabel; Mabel is a stenographer in the office of the Clover Valley Lumber Company at Loyalton; and Minnie, died at the age of thirteen months.  Mr. Martin is a Republican in his political views and has shown a constant and effective interest in matters pertaining to the welfare of the community.  He is an unassuming man, has proven worthy of the public confidence and has been very successful in compelling evil doers to respect the law.



Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 3 Pages 222-223. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

 © 2010  Gerald Iaquinta.



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