EUGENE MARTIN, for many years one of the best known and most highly esteemed citizens of Carlinville, Macoupin County, died at his home in this city on March 6, 1902, his death being mourned sincerely as a loss to the community. He was born near Leon, France, February 14, 1834, and was a son of Epolite and Julia Martin. His father was a mill owner in that country and a prosperous man, although his death occurred at a very early age.
Eugene Martin was but seven years of age when his father died. He obtained his intellectual training in the schools of Paris, then learned the trade of a miller which he followed in his native country until 1854. In that year he came to the United States, being the only member of his family to locate in this country. He landed in New Orleans, then came up the river by boat to St. Louis, Missouri. On account of ill health he returned to France, but again came to this country during the Civil War. As transports were not allowed up the Mississippi River to St. Louis, Mr. Martin was compelled to remain in New Orleans. He obtained employment as an engineer and continued at that work until the war was at an end, then immediately came up the river to St. Louis. There he met and married Amelia Forney, and they continued to reside in that city for two and a half years, Mr. Martin during this time following engineering. They later moved to Trenton, Illinois, where they lived little more than a year, and in 1868 came to Carlinville, where he thereafter lived until his death. For a period of 20 years he was engaged as engineer for the Weir Milling Company, the plant being later acquired by the firm of Yeager & Cupless. It was while in the employ of the last-named firm he met with an accident, which was ultimately The cause of his death. He was a man much respected by all who knew him, and was highly skilled in his line of business, always having the confidence and good will of those who employed him and were associated with him. Although a Republican in politics, he was broad and liberal minded, and in local politics was free to vote for the man best qualified for the particular office, irrespective of parties.
Mr. Martin was a prominent member of Mount Nebo Lodge, No. 76, A.F. & A.M., and his last wishes were that he be buried under the auspices of that order. His relict who now resides in her pleasant home on West Main street is a woman of many virtues and is well loved by her many friends in Carlinville. She is a devout member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Martin was born one son, Oscar E. S., who died while his parents were living at Trenton, Illinois. They adopted a son, George Lenhart, who now bears the name of Martin. He married Minnie Clark, a native of Macoupin County. He is a traveling salesman and is also manager of the Carlinville Opera House, and is a young man who has many friends in this section of the State.