Elmer Matthew Martin
A Short Biography
A Short Biography
Elmer Matthew Martin is my paternal grandfather. He was born on 16 March 1887 in Bowling Township, Rock Island, Illinois, the son of John Stephen Martin and Elizabeth Dorothea Weiss. Both the Martin and Weiss families had emigrated from Germany and settled in Rock Island County, Illinois. Elmer grew up on his family's farm in Bowling Township. The Martin farm was located about six miles south of Milan, Illinois (which is four miles south of Rock Island, Illinois.)
|Martin Farm, Milan, Illinois|
|Elmer Martin, abt 1910|
|Elmer Martin, 1910|
|Elmer Martin, abt 1915, Milan, Rock Island, Illinois|
|Elmer in sleigh, Milan, Illinois|
|Ambulance Elmer drove for the copper mines in Arizona.|
|Elmer Martin touring the West 1920|
|Elmer swimming in Pacific Ocean.|
|Elmer swimming in Great Salt Lake 1924|
|Maymie and Elmer just before they married.|
Elmer and Maymie lived on his farm north of Dove Creek. Elmer farmed for a while - mostly potatoes. He invented an attachment for his Case Tractor to help with the planting and harvesting of the potatoes. His potatoes won first and second place at the Dolores County Fair. Elmer even started a general store in Dove Creek but it burned down about the time he opened it. He always felt it was arson.
Some time in the mid 1930's, the family moved to Cortez and purchased a small adobe house at 30 N Maple Street. The original adobe structure was a small one bedroom home. Elmer enlarged the home by building a small bedroom and porch on the side of the house with a cellar underneath the bedroom. This home remained their main home through-out their lifetime, even though they moved away at different times. Their two sons, Wilbur and Leroy, attended school at the old Calkins School in Cortez.
|Leroy, Maymie, Elmer, Wilbur|
Sometime in the late 1940's, Elmer and Maymie moved to Yuma, Arizona. Several of Maymie's brothers had also moved to Yuma to find work. Elmer owned one one of the first Trailer Courts in Yuma.
|Martin's Court in Yuma, Arizona|
|Elmer loved to fish - Maymie usually went with him.|
|Maymie and Elmer|
|Yuma home on First Avenue|
In the mid 1950's, Elmer bought a yellow and grey Dodge car and I remember that it had push button transmission. I thought the car was really cool - Elmer would let me on his lap and push the buttons and pretend to drive the car down a quite lane in Yuma.
In the mid 1960's Elmer and Maymie moved back to Cortez and lived in the house at 30 North Maple. I remember Elmer always wearing a fedora hat.
|Elmer & Maymie, Cortez, dog named George.|
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