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Andrew J. Martin

Andrew J. Martin of near Marquette in Bighorn County was born in Iowa on October 23, 1872 and came to Wyoming in 1882 so that more than two-thirds of his life has been passed in this state. He has made it his home the scene of his efforts and the location of his hopes he has grown with its growth and prospered with its prosperity contributing to the good results of the enterprise and public spirit of its people and aided in bringing it from primitive conditions to something of mature development from an infant state to a great and progressive commonwealth. His parents were Benjamin F. and Elizabeth Martin, natives of Missouri and Indiana respectively. When he was four years old his mother died and when he was ten his father removed with his family to Wyoming, and taking up a homestead near Bighorn in Sheridan County, engaged in farming and stock growing. For eight years he there resided, rearing and educating his children and battling with the hard conditions of life on a new frontier. In 1890 he removed to Bighorn County and settled on the North Fork of the Shoshone River and in 1893 brought his family to the new location. The family consists of five children: Mary E., now the wife of James T. Glascow; Eda, now the wife of W. H. Brundage, of this County; Andrew J., Dorothy, now the wife of Thomas S. Trimmer, whose career is recorded elsewhere in these pages; and Christopher E., a resident of this County. Mr. Martin grew to manhood and was educated in Wyoming, as has been noted and in 1893 located on a homestead, which is a part of his present ranch. He has added to its extent until he owns 300 acres of excellent land on the river and his father has 320 and his brother Christopher 160 acres adjoining his. Here from the time of his location on the land he has been busily engaged in improving his ranch and building up a profitable stock industry, raising cattle principally but handling in addition a number of horses. His herd of cattle numbers some 400 of good breeds and kept in excellent condition his land yielding abundance of feed and pasture. He is connected with the Modern Woodmen of America holding membership in the lodge of the order at Cody. In 1895, at bighorn in Sheridan County, he was married to Miss Zona Thomas a native of Iowa. They have two children, their daughters, Elizabeth and Loraine. Mr. Martin is prosperous and progressive a useful citizen, a good businessman, an ornament to the county. Everything about his ranch proclaims his enterprise and skill as a farmer and his taste as a man. It is a beautiful place and is well improved.

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