Biography of Martin V. B. Ives
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Ives, Martin V. B., Potsdam, was born in Dickerson, Franklin county, November 20, 1840, a son of Warren Ives, who came from Connecticut about 1830. He was a lawyer and for thirteen years he was supervisor of Dickerson and a man whose advice was sought on many questions of public affairs. He was a soldier in the war of 1812. He married Louisa B. Ladd. who came from Newbury, Vt,, and was a distant relative of Daniel Webster, Martin received an education in the common amd select schools. and when he was twenty one years of age started to learn the trade of carpenter and joiner, and the same year was elected constable of Dickerson. July 1, 1862, he enlisted in the 47th N. Y. Vol. In fantry and served two years and ten months. He was at the battles of Olustee, Fla., Drury's Bluff, Cold Harbor, Petersburg and both attacks on Fort Fisher. When Ins term expired, his mother having moved to Potsdam, Martin located there, where he engaged in the mercantile business, conducting a book store and doing quite air extensive business in western passenger tickets for the R., W. and O. Railroad Company, retiring in 1886. In 1882 he and his brother erected one of the finest business blocks on Market street, Potsdam, known as the Ives block, and in 1890, in partnership with his brother, H. L. Ives, he erected the new Ives block, marble, which is conceded to be one of the finest business blocks in St. Lawrence county, He was several years assessor of the village and in 1893 was elected supervisor by a large majority. Mr. Ives married in 1866, Sarah, daughter of Seth Benson of I Potsdam, and they have one son, Hillie S. Mr. Ives was appointed by Governor Flower in 1893 trustee of the New York State Agricultural Station of Geneva. He is also . the president of the Racquette Valley and St. Regis Valley Horticultural and Agricultural Society.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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