Edson A. Martin, who is sheriff of St. Lawrence County, is a member of a well known and highly esteemed family
of Canton, where he was born April 15, 1897. He is the son of Albert H. and Ada (Wellman) Martin.
Albert H. Martin was born at Clare, St. Lawrence County, and his wife is a native of Kendall County, Ill. He has
been interested in general farming and stock raising throughout his life and lives at Canton. He is a Republican
and holds the office of deputy sheriff of St. Lawrence County. He and his family are members of the Methodist Church
and he belongs to the Grange. To Mr. and Mrs. Martin were born four children: 1. Edson A., the subject of this
sketch. 2. Wayne E. 3. Alberta. 4. Iona. All live at Canton.
Albert H. Martin is the son of Alexander and Jane (Wells) Martin. Alexander Martin served throughout the Civil
War and was wounded at the battle of Spottsylvania. He was active in public affairs at Canton and was a Republican.
He held membership in the Grand Army of the Republic. Both he and his wife are buried at Canton.
Edson A. Martin received his education in the Canton public schools and after his graduation from high school he
entered the employ of the DeGrasse Paper Company, now the International Paper Company, at Pyrites, N. Y. In 1918
Mr. Martin enlisted in the World War and was sent to Camp Jackson, S. C., where he was assigned to the 25th Replacement
Regiment of Field Artillery. While his company was enroute to France the war ended and Mr. Martin was discharged
in January, 1919. At that time he resumed his former employment at Pyrites. Mr. Martin came to Canton in March,
1922, and was employed in the office of Sheriff Charles A. Gibson. After three months he became under sheriff and
in November, 1924, was elected to the office of sheriff of St. Lawrence County. After three years in office he
again was appointed under sheriff in 1928, and in November, 1930, was reelected as sheriff.
In 1925 Mr. Martin married Miss Agnes K. Farrell, the daughter of Dennis and Elizabeth (White) Farrell, the former
a native of New York and the latter of Ireland. They live at Canton. Mr. and Mrs. Martin have two children, Edson
J. and Jeanne Theresa.
Mr. Martin has always been a Republican. He is an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, and is past commander
of John C. Peggs Post, No. 67, American Legion. He also belongs to the Club of Canton, St. Lawrence Golf Club,
and B. P. O. Elks, No. 772.
The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932