Biography of Martin T. Waddington
Humboldt County, CA Biographies





MARTIN T. WADDINGTON. - California has always been proud of her loyal, native born sons and among them is Mr. Waddington, who was born in Waddington, Humboldt county, February 29, 1884, and is the son of Alexander Waddington, a native of Blackburn, Lancashire county, England, having been born there in 1844. He attended the public schools of that county and later engaged as weaver in the woolen mills of Blackburn. At the age of eighteen he decided to come to the United States and he then located in Michigan, where he engaged in the lumber business for a few years, leaving there to come to California in 1867. Locating in Humboldt county, he homesteaded on a claim of eighty acres in the Eel river valley, where the store now stands. This claim was all unimproved, being covered with a heavy growth of underbrush and timber, but he commenced the clearing of it and at last put it into shape for farming and the building of his home. In 1894 he opened a small merchandise store on the home place and soon built up a good trade. This is the same fine store that the son has active charge of today. He also engaged in dairying for a short time, but the business of the store grew to such an extent that he was obliged to give up his farming interests and devote all his time to the store. He actively managed the business until 1906, when he retired to a well earned rest, leaving the management of his affairs in the capable hands of his son Martin. He then moved to San Jose and there died in 1910. He was also interested in a stock ranch in Garberville and was always active in all political affairs of his county, and the postoffice, on the home place in the store, was named after him, Waddington. He was an active, industrious man and one who was well liked by every one in the community. He was a member of the Blue Lodge, F. & A. M. He was married in Eureka, May 14, 1883, to Julia A. Branstetter, a native of Humboldt county, and she still resides on the home ranch with her son. Martin T. attended the schools of the Coffee Creek district until he was fifteen years of age, at which time he entered the store to help his father. He has followed the general merchandise business ever since and has been very successful. He is a member of the Blue Lodge, F. & A. M., and the Royal Arch of Ferndale, B. P. O. E. and I. O. O. F. of Eureka. He was married January 20, 1912, to Enid Hindley, also a native of the county, and they have one child, Audrey.

From:
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915


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