William (“Will”) Henry Martin, the fourth child of Archelaus Stanley Martin and Harriett (Phipps) Martin, was born 18 January 1859 in Fremont County, Iowa. The 1860 Federal census shows his family in Ross Township of Fremont County (later called Green Township), and the 1880 census shows him still in his parents’ household, in Sidney Township of Fremont County.
Will married Dora Alice Hatch 23 September 1883 at Sibley, Osceola County, Iowa.1 She had been born 2 March 1867 at Tipton, Cedar County, Iowa, the daughter of Reuben and Sabra Permelia (Argo) Hatch. By 1880, her family had settled in Grant Township, Lyon County, Iowa. Inasmuch as Lyon County is 200 miles from Fremont County, it’s hard to see how Will and Dora ever would have met but, as they say, “Love will find a way.”
Will and Dora apparently moved many times over the years. Based on census records, on information from Will's obituary, and also on the places where their children were born, it seems that they were living in:
Census records from 1885, 1900, and 1910 show Will’s occupation as “farmer.” In 1920, in California, he is listed as a fruit picker (or perhaps a fruit packer?). In 1930, his occupation is shown as “none,” but it’s unclear whether, at age 71, he was comfortably retired or simply out of work, as so many were at that time.
On the Fourth of July, 1935, tragically, Will lost his life in a traffic accident in Whittier, California. Also, Dora and their daughter Harriet were injured in the same accident. The Whittier News printed an account of the accident and, a week later, Will’s obituary. These are reproduced below.
Will was buried at the Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier. Dora remained in Whittier until she died on 21 April 1951. She was buried alongside Will. Will and Dora were the parents of 11 children:
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