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Obituary of Archelaus Stanley Martin

Fremont County Herald, Sidney, Iowa, January 23, 1902 [from Iowa Old Press]

Died.--At Thurman, January 18, 1902, of heart failure, A. S. Martin, aged 68 years, 2 months and 16 days.  Archelaus S. Martin was born in Athens county, Ohio.  At the age of 4 years he removed with his parents to Illinois where he grew to manhood and on August 7, 1853 he was united in marriage to Harriet Phipps and to this union was born thirteen children, seven sons and six daughters.  Nine of these survive him and all were present at the funeral excepting Mrs. Mary Laird, of Dodge City, Kas., and W. H. Martin of Paona, Col.  In 1854 he moved to Fremont county where, as one of the pioneers, he shared in the hardships incident to the settlers of a new county, and for almost a half centry he was identified with the growth and development of the county and has witnessed its advancement from a wilderness to its present prosperous condition.  By energy and close application he amassed a compentency and for many years resided on his homestead north of Sidney, but for three years he has resided in Sidney and the last two months of his life were spent in Thurman where he went for medical treatment.  Although peculiar in some of his ways and exact in his business relations, yet there are many who can testify to his kindness of heart and to his steadfast friendship.  In his death, another of the pioneers whose ranks are ever thinning, is gone.  The funeral took place from the Mount Zion church and the remains were laid to rest in the family burial lot in the Mount Zion cemetery.  The funeral was conducted by Rev. Hoff, of Sidney.  Knowing that the end of life's journey was near he spent the last months of his life in preparing for the life to come and he expressed himself as prepared to go at the call of the master.  "Life's warfare o'er he rests well."

East face of shared stone.     West face of shared stone

East and West faces of the shared Martin tombstone at Mount Zion Cemetery, 6 miles north of Sidney in Fremont County, Iowa.  Sarah Stanley Martin is buried here, along with her son Archelaus, his wife Harriett, four of Archelaus and Harriett's children (Olla, Emma, Harriett, and Archelaus Jr.), and four of their grandsons (including two Goode children whose names are inscribed on the narrow side of the stone and are not visible here).  Photo at left is courtesy of Kathy Weaver.

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