LEAMAN W. MARTIN, senior member of the firm of Martin & Brown, ice dealers at Millvale, Jefferson County, Ohio, has been engaged in the ice business for twenty-five consecutive years. Mr. Martin was born December 9, 1843 and is a son of John and Anna Martin. His father died in his infancy and his widow mother came with him to Steubenville when he was two years old.
Mr. Martin was twelve years old when his mother died. He remained at Steubenville until he was fifteen years old, remaining with his stepfather, Asa Travis, a carpenter by trade, who is also deceased. In the meanwhile, the youth had attended the public schools and was well informed when he started out for himself but his knowledge was his only capital. He went into the country and worked on farms for a number of years, mainly in Island Creek Township, and then embarked in the ice business at Millvale, carrying it on alone at first but later admitting High H. Brown to partnership and they have continued together for over twenty-three years, under the firm name of Martin & Brown. Each year they have expanded their business to larger proportions and during a part of the season they operate four wagons, devlivering to patrons only. Their business has been developed with considerable enterprise and the partners have quite an amount of capital invested.
Mr. Martin was married on March 18, 1875 to Miss Sarah Priest, of Jefferson County, Ohio, and they have had ten children born to them, the survivors being as follows: Jennie, who is the wife of William Baughman, of Island Creek Township; Albert J., Hugh H., Harry E., Myrtle, John V. and William, all of whom live in Island Creek Township. Mr. Martin and family are members of the First Christian Church at Steubenville, in which he formerly was a deacon and of which he is now a trustee. For several years Mr. Martin has served as a director of the Oak Grove School in Island Creek Township. He is one of the representative business men of Millvale.