Biography of Roy H. Martin
Kings County, CA Biographies





ROY H. MARTIN.
One of the veterans of the World war who since returning to civil life has taken an active part in affairs relating to the community welfare is Roy H. Martin, the present efficient constable of Lucerne township, Kings county. Mr. Martin is a native of Kings county, having been born in Hanford on the 23d of January, 1894. He is the son of Allen H. and Elizabeth (Martin) Martin, who were in no way related prior to their marriage. His father was a pioneer of California and passed through all the vicissitudes and dangers of early life in this state. He had served in the Union army throughout the Civil war and on his discharge from military service started for the "Golden West", arriving in this state May 5, 1866. In 1874 he came to Hanford, where he is still living, at the advanced age of over eighty three years. Elizabeth Martin is a native of California, having been born in San Benito county, and she was married in Lemoore. Her parents were pioneers, crossing the plains by team and afterward taking an active part in the affairs of those early days.

Roy H. Martin received a good public school education and for a time after reaching mature years was engaged in drilling wells. Later he was employed as an assistant to the county surveyor, under whose direction he studied civil engineering, in which he became very competent and which vocation he followed for some time. For two years Mr. Martin was a member of the motor traffic squad, in which he gained a fine reputation as a careful and efficient officer. He also served as deputy sheriff of Kings county and in 1922 was elected to a four year term as constable of Lucerne township. Prior to his election to the latter office, however, Mr. Martin had seen some strenuous service overseas with the American Expeditionary Forces, acquitting himself with honor. His first military service was on the Mexican border as a member of Company M of the Second California Regiment. Upon the advent of the United States into the great European struggle he was sent overseas with Company B, Supply Train, Ninety-first Division, with which command he experienced much severe activity on the front of the fighting line, holding the rank of corporal during the last fourteen months of his service. He actively participated in the St. Mihiel drive, the terrific struggle in the Argonne woods and the engagements at the Lys and Scheldt.

Politically the democratic party commands his support and he takes an active interest in local public affairs. He is a member of the American Legion and he is an ardent supporter of every movement or enterprise that promises to advance the public welfare. Because of his upright life and splendid record he enjoys to a marked degree the goodwill of his fellowmen.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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