Biography of Harry E. Martin
Tulare County, CA Biographies





HARRY E. MARTIN.
On the roster of that fine group of alert and enterprising husbandmen who in recent years have done so much to promote and develop the great dairy industry in Tulare county, the name of Harry E. Martin, substantial landowner and dairyman, dairy commissioner in and for Tulare county, president of the Tulare County Farm Bureau and for years an active and influential factor in the development of the dairy interests hereabout, ever will hold a place near the top, for he has done well his part in the general stimulation of a phase of farming here that has meant much in the way of increasing the products of this favored region. Though not a native of California, Mr. Martin has been a resident here for about twenty years and during that time has created a definite personal impress upon the fine community with whose interests he identified himself upon coming to this state in 1907.

Harry E. Martin is a native of the old Buckeye state, born in the city of Canton, county seat of Stark county, and a thriving commercial and manufacturing center in northeastern Ohio, October 11, 1875, a son of W. B. and Bella (Wingerter) Martin, members of pioneer families in that state. Reared in Canton, Mr. Martin attended the schools of that city and early became employed in clerical work in connection with mercantile enterprises. As a young man he was attracted to the possibilities attending development in the west and northwest, and went to Montana, in which state he was engaged in commercial work until 1907, when he closed out his interests there and came to California, establishing himself as a farmer and dairyman in Tulare county, where he since has made his home. Mr. Martin has a well improved place in the immediate vicinity of Tulare and has long been well established there as a dairyman, having from the beginning of his operations here given his chief attention to the dairy phase of his farming. Mr. Martin long ago developed on his place a dairy plant that is regarded as one of the best equipped in this section and he thus has long been recognized as one of the leaders in the great dairy industry of this section of the state. In March, 1922, he was appointed dairy commissioner in and for Tulare county and since has occupied that highly responsible position, exerting his best efforts in behalf of the extension of the county's dairy interests. Mr. Martin has for years been an active and efficient factor in the stimulation of a better interest in behalf of the general farm interests of this region, a close student of farm problems, and when some years ago there came to be a general recognition hereabout of the need of a well organized "get together" movement on the part of the farmers he became one of the real leaders in that movement. Mr. Martin was elected president of the Tulare County Farm Bureau in 1924, and in that executive capacity he has demonstrated so capably his fitness for the position that he was reelected and has been retained by the bureau as the administrative head of that compact and influential body, one of the best known men in agricultural circles hereabout. Mr. Martin has a forty acre ranch, largely in alfalfa, and milks twenty five cows.

On December 30, 1902, in St. Anthony, Idaho, Harry E. Martin was united in marriage to Miss Lydia Mathews, who was born in Salina, Utah, daughter of J. H. Mathews. Mr. and Mrs. Martin have three children: Howard S., Harry E. Martin, Jr., and Helen. The Martins are republicans and take a proper interest in the community's general civic affairs, ever helpful in promoting such movements as have to do with the advancement of the common welfare. Mr. Martin is a member of many years standing of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and is also affiliated with the local Fraternal Aid Union.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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