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Biography of Charles Landon Martin

When Charles Landon Martin started out in the business world it was as an employe in a woodenware house, and throughout the intervening period to the present he has continued in the same line of business, being now the vice president of the Crunden-Martin Manufacturing Company. He was born in Maquoketa, Iowa, on the 11th of March, 1858, his parents being James W. and Lois (Weaver) Martin. His father was a veteran of the Civil war, serving for three years as captain of Company I of the Twenty-fourth Iowa Infantry. He participated in many hotly contested engagements, including the battle of Champion Hill, the Red River campaign and the siege of Vicksburg, and was twice wounded. Charles L. Martin pursued his early education in the public schools of St. Louis, Missouri, and afterward entered Cornell College of Mount Vernon, Iowa, in which he pursued a general scientific course. He took up the responsibilities of business life as an employe of the Samuel Cupples Woodenware Company of St. Louis, with which he continued for ten years, gaining a wide and comprehensive knowledge of the business, his experience therefore qualifying him to undertake the establishment and management of a similar concern. In 1891 he organized the Martin Woodenware Company, which was succeeded in a reorganization by the Crunden-Martin Manufacturing Company in 1892. The business has been conducted under the present firm style for twenty-eight years and has steadily developed into one of the important productive industries of the city. Mr. Martin tempers his progressiveness by a safe conservatism, is thorough and systematic in all business affairs and has great ability as...

Biography of William Fisk Eastman

William Fiske Eastman, co-editor with P. S. McGlynn, of the Moline Daily Dispatch and Weekly Review-Dispatch, and postmaster of Moline, was born in Ellisburg, Jefferson County, New York, November 11, 1844. His parents were Charles W. Eastman, Doctor of Medicine, and Cynthia (Fiske) Eastman. He attended the public schools of his native village and Union Academy in the neighboring village of Belleville. Graduating there he attended Union College at Schenectady, New York, graduating in the scientific course in 1866, and taking first honors of that course. In the meantime he had been teaching in the district schools, earning in this way and by conducting a book store in his room at college, the money that paid for his college course. After graduating he came West and taught in the schools of Maquoketa, Iowa, and Sterling and Union Grove, Illinois, expecting to devote his life to that work. In 1872 his health broke down and he sought other business. He purchased the Red Oak (Iowa) Express and conducted it a few months when there came a proposition which he accepted, to go back to Sterling and purchase a half interest in the Sterling Gazette. He held his half interest in this for nearly ten years when he sold it because his health again broke down. He then went to Huron, South Dakota, where he engaged in banking with a partner, spending his own time on a farm about twenty miles away, his partner taking charge of the bank. Unfortunately the business was mismanaged and in June, 1885, he was left without anything he could call his own. After a few...

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