Henry C. Martin, M. D., now deceased, was one of the pioneer physicians of Southern Kansas, and an active factor in the development of Harper county. He was a native of New York State, born May 20, 1845, and, when four years of age, his parents removed to Canada, where he was reared and educated. He then entered the Medical Department of the University of Indiana, where he was graduated. He was also graduated from Louisville Medical College, Louisville, Ky., in 1880. On account of poor health, he did not engage in the practice of his profession for a few years after completing his medical education, but in 1878 came to Harper, Kans., and engaged n practice. This was the year that the town of Harper was founded, and he was the second physician to locate there. He was a skillful and successful doctor, and had a very extensive practice. He took a keen interest in public affairs, and was a close student of current events, as well as of the science of his profession. He took an active part in public affairs, and was always willing to support any worthy enterprise, with his time, talent and money. His political views were Democratic, but he was too busy with his professional work to aspire to hold political office. He was a Knight Templar Mason, and prominent in lodge circles. He died March 23, 1901, leaving a comfortable fortune, but more than that, he died rich in the esteem of his fellowmen. Dr. Martin was united in marriage at New Orleans, La., February 5, 1870, to Miss Mary F. O'Farrell, a native of Ireland, born December 22, 1855. She was a daughter of Patrick and Cecelia (McGrath) O'Farrell, both natives of Ireland, where they spent their lives. Mrs. Martin came to America with relatives in 1867. To Dr. and Mrs. Martin, were born six children, two of whom died in infancy, Henry and Thomas. The others are: Emil J., born July 7, 1872, in Sedgwick county, Kansas, now a hardware merchant at Harper, married Anna Taral, October 14, 1896, and they have two children, Marie and Grace; Charles Henry, born June 27, 1873, in Sedgwick county, Kans., and is now a banker at Woodward, Okla.; William J., born August 27, 1878, hardware merchant, Harper, Kans., and Helen Marie, born July 27, 1887, educated at St. Joseph's Academy, Abilene, Kans., graduating in the class of 1907. The family are members of the Catholic church, and prominent in social circles.Pages 169-170 from a supplemental volume of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed October 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM196. It is a single volume 3.
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