LEAMON W. MARTIN, senior member of the firm of Martin & Brown, leading ice dealers of Steubenville, was born at Sistersville, Ohio, December 9, 1843. He is the son of James and Melissa Ann Martin, both of whom are deceased, the father having died in 1843, and the mother in 1858. The subject of this mention came to Steubenville with his mother when but two years of age and in that city was reared and educated. His first employment was in a cotton mill, and he afterward was engaged in a saw-mill. Subsequently he gave his attention to farming and teaming, and was so occupied until 1871, when he embarked in the butchering business, which he follwed successfully until 1881. In the latter year he became a dealer in ice, and in the following year suffered the loss of his entire stock of ice by flood. In August, 1882, Hugh H. Brown became a half partner in the business. In 1884 they lost their stock again by high water and then removed their establishment to its location on Wills creek. Mr. Martin embarked in business at Steubenville with a small capital, but his good business methods have enabled him to build up a large business and secure a competency. Mr. Martin was married March 18, 1875, to Sarah, daughter of Allen Priest, of Hancock county, W. Va., and they have five children living: Jennie E., ALbert J., Hugh H., Harry E. and Frank L. Two are deceased, Lillian M. and one that died unnamed. Mr. Martin and wife are members of the Christian church of Steubenville.
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