Biography of David B. Marti
Adams County, NE Biographies





David B. Marti, a well known real estate dealer of Hastings, his activities covering a broad scope, was born in Piper City, Illinois, December 17, 1877, his parents being Godfrey and Rosa (Conrad) Marti. The father was born in Bern, Switzerland, and is now living at the age of seventy years, his home being at Long Beach, California. The mother, a native of Hanover, Germany, is now sixty five years of age. Godfrey Marti came to the United States when a youth of fourteen and lived at different towns in Indiana and Illinois and in Hannibal, Missouri. In 1878 he removed to Butler county, Nebraska, where he carried on farming, and still owns six hundred and forty acres of rich land, being numbered among the active farmers of the state for a considerable period, during which time he filled the office of county supervisor. In 1893 he came to Adams county, settling in Little Blue township, where he owns one hundred and sixty acres of land, known as Rattlesnake Farm, it having derived its name from the fact that there were many rattlesnakes upon the place in the early days. He lived on the Little Blue property for about fifteen years and was accounted one of the most prominent and progressive stockmen of the neighborhood. He was widely and favorably known and was identified with the Farmers Alliance and with the populist movement. He helped organize and was president in 1912 of the Farmers Grain & Supply Company of Hastings and was very active in affairs of public concern. In his political views he is now a Bryan democrat. He continued to engage actively in agricultural pursuits until 1908, when he retired to Hastings, and in 1912 he removed with his wife to Long Beach, California, where they now make their home.

David B. Marti, the eldest of their children, attended district school No. 33 in Little Blue township, followed by study in the Hastings high school and in Hastings College. He remained on the home farm until the age of twenty years, at which time he began teaching in district school No. 33. In 1899 he became principal of the Holstein schools and in 1900 was made assistant instructor of science and mathematics in Hastings College. In 1901, however, he turned from the educational field to commercial life, and joined D. W. Ball in organizing the firm of Ball & Marti for the conduct of a book and stationery business, which they carried on until 1905. During the succeeding two years Mr. Marti was engaged in the real estate business in Hastings and in 1907 he became office manager of a wholesale and mail order house at Omaha. In 1911, however, he returned to Hastings, where he has since been engaged in the real estate business, a part of the time with the firm of Higgenbotham & Pickens and a part of the time in connection with his brother, R. E. Marti, under the firm style of Marti Brothers. They have conducted a general real estate, loan and insurance business, handling insurance of all kinds, and their operations extend all over western Nebraska. The firm is accorded a liberal clientage and is conducting an extensive business. They have erected a number of nice bungalows and cottages and are doing considerable speculative building, erecting buildings on the east side for sale, which they place upon the market at a reasonable price, selling at terms helpful to the purchaser. Their efforts have been an element in the material upbuilding of the city and Hastings has benefited by their operations in the real estate and loan field.

In 1899 David B. Marti was married to Miss Hettie J. Brown, who was born in Richardson county, Nebraska, a daughter of Charles W. and Ida Brown, natives of Pennsylvania and of Ohio respectively. Her father homesteaded land in Richardson county at an early day and became, a very active business man and extensive stock dealer of that county, widely known because of the importance of his business affairs and his active support of measures for the general good. In 1905 he removed to Hastings, where he now lives retired, but is still the owner of four hundred acres of valuable land in Adams county, from which he derives a gratifying annual income. He is also an active member of the Presbyterian church. In the family of Mr. and Mrs. Marti are two sons, Lloyd and Paul.

In his political views Mr. Marti is an earnest democrat and is now serving as a member of the Hastings city council from the fourth ward. During his teaching days he was identified with the Adams County Democrat and the Hastings Tribune in connection with reportorial and advertising work. His activities have reached out along many lines and always to the benefit and betterment of the community in which he has lived. He is now president of the Church Federation, a teacher in the Sunday school and an active member of the Presbyterian church, in which he is serving as an officer. He has done important and effective work in uplift campaigns, has been active in brotherhood work and, in fact, does everything in his power to promote the moral progress of the community, that the individual may have a better, broader scope for the exercise of his activities along lines of constructive effort.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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