CHARLES BRIGGS MARTIN, the genial separating clerk at the postoffice in Parsons, Kansas, has been a resident of the city since 1884, and has had considerable experience in postoffice business. He was born December 23, 1872, at Catskill, Greene county, New York, and is a son of Augustus and Cynthia (Milks) Martin.
Augustus Martin is a member of a company manufacturing fuel in Parsons, with a plant located near the Davison elevator. He is a member of the city council, and takes a great interest in local affairs. He served during the Civil War, in the Union army, and was wounded in the right arm, August 21, 1862, at the crossing of the Rappahannock river. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital, New York, for treatment, and was discharged as cured, December 8, 1862.
Charles B. Martin attended the public schools of his native county, and also the schools, of Parsons, Kansas, whither his parents removed in 1884. His first work was in the capacity of a molder at Skelton's foundry, where he worked two years. He then joined a party of surveyors on the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway, and made the trip through the "Nation," in charge of A. B. Thurston. Returning to Parsons, he entered the government service as sub-mail-carrier, in 1892. In June, of the following year, he was transferred to the clerical department, and acted as general delivery clerk until March, 1894. He was then promoted to be mailing clerk, and made up all outgoing mail, also separating all incoming mail. Under the Democratic administration, he was "set back" for a short time to general delivery clerk, but in 1896 he was again promoted, and became assistant postmaster under Frank W. Frye. He served also under his successor, H. H. Lusk, who advanced him to his present position as mailing and separating clerk. He works front 7 A. M. to 7:30 P. M.
Mr. Martin was joined in marriage with Amelia Myers, a daughter of W. P. and Elizabeth (Corbett) Myers, that ceremony being performed on June 17, 1894. Mrs. Myers is deceased. Mr. Myers, who is engaged in the transfer business at Parsons, contracted a second matrimonial alliance by wedding Annie L. McKinstry. Five children were the result of this union, namely: Nellie, Luella, Alice, Oscar, and Ethel, - aged, respectively, twenty-four, twenty-two, twenty, seventeen, and thirteen years. Mrs. Martin also has one brother, Ernest Myers, who is a prominent farmer in Illinois.
Mr. and Mrs. Martin have one little son, Raymond W., who was born December 25, 1898, and was indeed a blessed Christmas gift. Fraternally, Mr. Martin affiliates with the Knights and Ladies of Security, and the Sons of Veterans, and both he and Mrs. Martin are members of the Knights and Ladies of America. They show a decided preference for the Presbyterian faith. In his political opinions, Mr. Martin is a Republican, and believes the principles of that party to be the most advantageous to the country. He is a capable and trustworthy public servant, and is highly esteemed by his fellow citizens.
Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901
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