Iowa in the Great War, IAGenWeb Special Project






A Narrative History of The People of Iowa


W. CAREY MARTIN. The present mayor of the City of Atlantic is W. Carey Martin, a prominent young attorney, member of the law firm Shaw, Martin & Martin, he and his younger brother comprising the junior members of the this law partnership.

Mr. Martin's father, W. R. Martin, was born at Kewanee, Illinois, and was brought to Iowa when a child by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Martin. Richard Martin served with an Illinois regiment in the Union army during the Civil war. W. R. Martin has been a very successful farmer and stock man, and he and his wife now reside in the City of Shenandoah, from which point he operates extensive farming and live stock interest. He has been an officer in the Christian Church. W. R. Martin married Mary R. Miller, who was born in Hamburg, Fremont County, Iowa, in 1867. Her father, Squire Miller, was an early justice of the peace and a well known character of Fremont County. Mrs. W. R. Martin is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The oldest of the three children is J. Stuart Martin, who was born at Farragut, Iowa, February 4, 1891. He graduated from the College of Business Administration, University of Michigan, in 1916, and has since applied his energies to farming and the live stock business near Shenandoah and at the present time is feeding 500 cattle for the market. He married in 1916 Chloe Anderson, of Farragut, daughter of Charles Anderson, one of the wealthy and prominent citizens of Farragut. They have two children: Betty Jean, born April 1, 1918, and Billie Charles, born in 1923. Mrs. J. Stewart Martin was educated in Grinnell College and is a graduate of Tabor College.

W. Carey Martin was born near Farragut, Iowa, May 20, 1894, and after the local schools entered Cotner University at Lincoln, Nebraska. He received the degree Bachelor of Philosophy in 1915, then spent a year of residence at the University of Chicago, taking his Bachelors degree and in 1922 was graduated from the law department of the University of Chicago with the degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence, cum laude.

His military service interrupted his university studies. He enlisted in the regular army in July, 1917, at Chicago and in February, 1918, went overseas, went overseas, with the grade of sergeant. He was stationed at the supply depot in France and after the armistice was transferred to an entertainment troup touring the various camps in France and Germany. He received his honorable discharge at Camp Mitchell, New York, July 1, 1919, and soon afterward resumed his studies at the University of Chicago. After graduating he returned to Iowa and has since been in practice at Atlantic, and has made a highly favorable record as a well equipped and resourceful attorney. He was elected mayor of the City of Atlantic in 1929.

Mr. Martin is affiliated with the Masonic fraternity, B. P. O. Elks and American Legion. He is a member of the college fraternity Alpha Tau Omega. He married, September 4, 1919, Miss Vera Anderson, of Auburn, Nebraska. She graduated from the musical department of Cotner University at Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1915. She is a member of the P. E. O. and the Christian Church.

Mayor Martin's younger brother, R. Kent Martin, also of the firm Shaw, Martin & Martin, at Atlantic, was born August 11, 1900, at Farragut. He was graduated LL. B. from the University of Iowa in 1925 and at once joined his brother in practice at Atlantic. He married, December 28, 1927, Miss Dorothy O'Donoghue, daughter of Doctor J. H. O'Donoghue, of Storm Lake, Iowa. Mrs. Martin was a member of the same class in the law school at the University of Iowa as her husband and is thoroughly well-qualified for a professional career. Mr. and Mrs. Kent Martin are members of the Order of the Coif, the honorary legal fraternity. He is affiliated with the B. P. O. Elks, and is a member of  Phi Delta Phi and Alpha Tau Omega. They are the parents o a daughter, Janet Mary, born October 25, 1930.



~ source: A Narrative History of The People of Iowa with SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY, BUSINESS, ETC., by EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M. Curator of the Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa Volume IV THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc. Chicago and New York. 1931
~ transcribe by Debbie Clough Gerischer for the Great War