Elmer Martin’s Prize Winning Potatoes
Elmer Martin is my paternal grandfather. He was raised on his family’s farm near Rock Island, Illinois. As a youth, Elmer worked alongside his father and two brothers on their large farm. Elmer headed west with his first wife, Elizabeth Coyne Martin. They traveled around for several years and then ended up in Dove Creek, Colorado in the early 1920’s. After their divorce, Elmer stayed in southwestern Colorado. In 1927, Elmer married Maymie Pearl Wilson and they lived on his large farm north of Dove Creek.
|Dove Creek Post Office - about 1925|
|The Case Eagle Magazine, January 1929, Vol 12, No. 1|
|Elmer's Case 12-20 Tractor|
“The Case Eagle” magazine referred to above was published by the J. I. Case farm equipment company of Racine, Wisconsin for the distributors of their tractors and farm equipment.
In 1932, Elmer was still growing potatoes when he placed the following advertisement in the Monticello, Utah newspaper "The San Juan Record" for seed potatoes. It appears he grew Irish Cobblers and Burbank Russets.
|San Juan Record, Monticello, Utah, 14 April 1932|
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