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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 3
David Martin


David Martin, who has departed this life, became closely associated with the agricultural development of Alberta in the vicinity of Edmonton and there developed a tract of land which he brought under a high state of cultivation. His activities were of a character that contributed to the material upbuilding of the section in which he lived and he was regarded as one of the representative residents of this part of the Province. his birth occurred in the province of Ontario, Canada, in the year 1854, and there he was reared and educated. His parents came from Perthshire, Scotland, where the ancestors of the Martins had lived for centuries.


David Martin

Having arrived at years of maturity, David Martin wedded Margaret McCreadie, a native of Kilmarnock, Scotland. They continued to make their home in Ontario until 1876, when they crossed the border into the United States and made their way westward to North Dakota. There Mr. Martin took up a homestead claim in Traill county, thirty miles north of Fargo, and with characteristic energy began the development and cultivation of the soil, upon which not a furrow had been turned nor an improvement made when he located thereon. He continued to follow farming in North Dakota until 1899, when he returned to Canada, this time becoming a resident of Alberta. Here he purchased three hundred and twenty acres of land adjoining Edmonton and a portion of this is now within the city limits. He then took up the work of farming here, with the result that his land was soon converted into rich and productive fields, from which he annually gathered golden harvests. He was busily engaged in agricultural pursuits to the time of his death, which occurred in the year 1901. He is survived by his widow and the property which he owned is yet in possession of his heirs.

To Mr. and Mrs. Martin ten children were horn, eight of whom are living: Grace Cothart, who is the wife of D. C. McEachern of Edmonton; Chester D., a real estate dealer of Edmonton; Frances Fern, the wife of Dr. Seymour Archibald of Edmonton; Edith, who is living at home; Robert McCreadie, a civil engineer of Edmonton; Helen Reid, who is the wife of Cecil Rutherford of Edmonton; Pauline Drinnan, the wife of Gerald Brophy of Regina; and David Q., a railroad man living at home.

While residing in North Dakota, Mr. Martin had filled the office of justice of the peace but was never active as an office seeker, preferring to concentrate his time and energies upon his individual business interests. He was a member of the Presbyterian church and its teachings characterized his entire life, making him a man worthy the respect and esteem of all with whom he was brought into contact. Though many years have passed since he was called to his final rest, he is well remembered by those who were his associates during the period of his residence in Alberta and his memory is most tenderly cherished by his family, to whom he was a devoted husband and father.


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