Biography of Frank C. Martin
Riverside County, CA Biographies





FREDERICK C MARTIN
One of Beaumont's best known citizens is Mr. Martin, who, for the past twenty two years has been in the service of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, having been employed as fireman the first five years, when he was promoted to the responsible position of engineer His father, Russell C. Martin, who is also an engineer on the Southern Pacific line, is a son of Dr. Norman R Martin, and was born in Vermont in 1848. At the age of but fourteen years his physique enabled him to enlist in the United States Cavalry, serving in the field until the close of the war. Later he went to New York, where he married Miss Sarah A. Gibson, a native of that state. For a time Mr. Martin manufactured lumber, but left this industry upon purchasing his father's drug store, which he ably conducted prior to his removal in 1881 to Los Angeles, where he has since resided.

Frederick C. Martin who was born in Franklin county, N. Y., August 26, 1870, was eleven years of age when his parents located in Los Angeles, where he received his education. Upon completion of his studies he engaged in the grocery business, but after five years entered railroad work and has been thus engaged ever since. Throughout his career he met with but one accident on the road, in which he received not the slightest personal injury. He is regarded as one of the most trusted engineers on the road, and for the past seven years he has been in charge of an engine used on steep grades.

For a time Mr. Martin owned property in Glendale, but later purchased in Beaumont lots upon which he erected a comfortable home, and he also owns several vacant lots in Beaumont. He was one of the promoters, as well as a stockholder and director, of the Beaumont Bank, and also assisted in organizing the Beaumont Gas Company, which he served as president and of which he is a stockholder. He has always been deeply interested in educational progress and for a time acted as chairman of the board of education, assisting materially in securing new school buildings and other improvements.

Mr. Martin married April 19, 1901, Miss Harriet M. White, who was born in San Francisco, her father having been a native of Massachusetts. After finishing her studies in the schools in the city of her birth she completed her education in Los Angeles, where she taught in the public schools until her marriage. She is chairman of Civics for the Southern District Federation and is a prominent and popular society and club woman of Beaumont.

A progressive Republican, Mr. Martin has never sought office, though he has always been closely identified with municipal developments. For some years he enjoyed associate membership in the Young Men's Christian Association of Los Angeles and active membership in the Jonathan Club. He is well known as a musician and formerly was a member of the Philharmonic Society, as well as of other similar organizations. He is active in the Masonic fraternity, holding membership in San Jacinto Lodge No. 338, F. & A. M.; Chapter No. 83, R. A. M., and St. Bernard Commandery No. 23, San Bernardino, Cal., and with his wife is a member of La Victoria Chapter No. 241, O. E. S., San Jacinto.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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