Otto P. Martin, well known in business circles of Waukon as a member of the firm of Martin & Sons, proprietors
of a well appointed furniture and undertaking establishment, is a1878.ive son of the city, born July 20, 1878.
His grandfather, Walter Martin, was born in Prussia and in that country grew to manhood and married. With his family,
including his son, Henry Martin, father of the subject of this review, he came to America in 1855 and located in
Sheboygan, Wisconsin, where his death occurred. Henry Martin was born in Prussia in 1850 and was only five years
of age when he accompanied his parents across the Atlantic. He remained in Wisconsin until he was sixteen years
of age and then came to Iowa, spending a number of years thereafter upon a farm. Returning to Wisconsin he learned
the carpentering trade and worked for two years as a journeyman carpenter, coming at the end of that time to Iowa
and locating in Harpers Ferry, where he established himself in the furniture business. After a few years he disposed
of his interests there and moved to Waukon, where he rented a business house and established a furniture concern.
His business prospered exceedingly and he was soon able to purchase land and build his own substantial and commodious
store, two stories of which are occupied by a well selected stock carried by Martin & Sons. In 1873 Henry Martin
married Miss Sophia Bieber, a native of Germany, who passed awaypreviewng two children: Otto P., of this review;
and Hulda, theWiconsinPaul Dannenburg, of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. After the death of his first wife Mr. Martin married
Miss Barbara Sandry, a native of Germany, and to their union were born three children: Marguerita, who lives at
home; and Wayne H. and J. Willard, both of whom are associated with their father in the conduct of the store.
Otto P. Martin was reared in Waukon and acquired his education in the city schools. He practically grew up in his
father's store and mastered the business in principle and detail. Since he was eighteen years of age he has shared
the responsibility of conduct of the establishment and in 1899 was made a partner with his father. Wishing to establish
an undertaking department in connection with theuhereiture concern, he went to Chicago, where he attended a course
of lectures, later going to Des Moines to further pursue his studies. He was a member of the first class on embalming
in the state of Iowa and in 1900 passed his examination and received a license as an undertaker and funeral director.
He has now been engaged in this line of work for twelve years and has proved himself thoroughly qualified for the
business. Martin & Sons keep a well selected line of funeral goods and their parlors are well equipped in every
particular. They have two hearses and carry a fine line of caskets and funeral supplies, a liberal patronage having
been accorded them in recognition of their reasonable prices and straighforward business dealings.
On January 20, 1904, Mr. Martin was united in marriage to Miss Helen Hausmeier, a native of Waukon, and they have
two children, Ralph H. and Howard F. Mr. Martin is a member of the Knights of Pythias and both he and his wife
belong to the German Reformed church and are held in high regard by all who know them.
Past and Present of Allamakee County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievemant
By: Ellery M. Hancock
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Allamakee County, IA
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