J.H. Martin of Solomon township, is a progressive and prosperous farmer. Mr. Martin farmed rented land until he bought a part of the "Jake" Cossell homestead, in 1897, which is situated one mile northwest of Glasco. A new and handsome cottage residence enhances the pleasing effect of this desirable farm of eighty acres.
Mr. Martin was born in McLean county, Illinois, in the year 1859, his parents being Robert and Marla (Sewerds) Martin. He is the second son of a family of nine children, seven living, viz: Charles Edgar, a farmer of Lane county, Kansas; Anna, wife of Norman Jordan, one of the most successful farmers of the Solomon valley; John D., a farmer near Des Moines, Iowa; Frank A., a farmer of Grove county, Kansas; Cecil a farmer of Solomon township, is married to a daughter of George Colwell, a farmer living near Glasco; Emily, is the wife of J.H. Suiters, a farmer of Cove[sic] county, Kansas.
Mr. Martin was reared on a farm in Illinois and educated in the common schools of that region. In 1879, he came to try his fortunes in the great agricultural state of Kansas and settled in Mitchell county, where he farmed until 1883, and then transferred his residence to Cloud county. His parents joined him in 1879, and, like him, changed their residence from Mitchell county to the vicinity of Glasco. His father died the same year (1883), and his mother in the spring time of 1890.
Mr. Martin was married in the spring of 1885, to Belle Snyder, a daughter of those old pioneers, Captain and Mrs. Snyder of Glasco. She is a woman of culture and refined instincts. They are the parents of one child, Roy D., aged fifteen years, a fine, handsome boy and a good student. Mr. Martin's political views are such as to cause him to vote the Democratic ticket. Socially he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Modern Woodmen and Fraternal Aid Society of Glasco. He is one of the substantial men of the Glasco community and a good citizen and neighbor.
Transcribed from E.F. Hollibaugh's Biographical history of Cloud County, Kansas biographies of representative citizens. Illustrated with portraits of prominent people, cuts of homes, stock, etc. [n.p., 1903] 919p. illus., ports. 28 cm.
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