Franklin Martin was born October 22,
1852 at Cooks Mills, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. He passed away
at his home in Geneva, Nebraska on Tuesday, July 31, 1928. Mr. Martin had
been in very poor health for over a year, having been bedfast for the past
month. The end came quietly Tuesday evening.
Mr. Martin spent his boyhood days in
Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. He came to Nebraska in the fall of 1877
and followed his trade of plastering and farming. He and Joe Jackson
batched together near Bruning. In 1883, Mr. Martin went to Crested Butte,
Colorado where his brother, Stephen J. lived. Here he followed his trade
of plastering going a little later to Denver for two years, after which he
returned to Nebraska, near Bruning, where he built a house on his farm. He
returned to Pennsylvania and was married to Miss Lucinda Kissinger of Jamescreek,
Pennsylvania. They came to their farm home in 1884 and went to
housekeeping. They resided there until 1920 when they moved to the present
home in Geneva, Nebraska.
Mr. Martin leaves to mourn his death
his aged wife, two daughters, Mrs. Edna Wolcott and Mrs. Ethel Little and one
son, Samuel Jess Martin, a granddaughter, Jeanne Frances Wolcott and a grandson,
Dean Franklin Martin, also a half brother, Sherman Edwards of Bruning, Nebraska,
and a half sister Mrs. Charles Westbrook of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Also
nieces and nephews in Pennsylvania, Idaho and California and other relatives and
a host of friends, all of whom will miss him greatly.
Mr. Martin was a friend in need, in
time of sickness or health. He loved his friends and neighbors and was
always ready to aid them in any way he could. He was patriotic and had a
deep feeling for his country. He was a member of the Geneva Congregational
Church. He loved children and always had a kind word for them. He
was a man who made friends with all. He was always greatly interested in
farm work, his son Jess Martin living now on the old farm home twelve miles
south of Geneva.
The funeral services were held at the
home at 1:30 p.m. Thursday by Rev. David Tudor of the Congregational Church.
Interment was in the Harmony Cementer with Rev. Mr. Tudor and Rev. Mr. Caughran