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Martin Family Papers

Martin Family Papers

Collection Number: 
48
Collection Length: 
2.70ft
Period: 
1845 to 1928
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Orrin E. Martin was born December 22, 1847 in Westville, Franklin County, New York. He was the son of Hollis and Selina Martin. He married Mary J. Butler on February 15, 1876 and had three children; Arthur H., Hollis W., and Edith L. During his life he owned and operated a pulp mill near Norwood. In 1877, he and his father operated a wagon hub business in Norwood and in 1880 he moved to Ogdensburg and established a hub business of his own. In 1910 he and his sons established the Martin Pulp and Paper Company in Norwood of which he was president at the time of his death on February 8, 1923. Hollis (Orrin's son), Marion (Hollis's 16 year old daughter), and Florence (Hollis's 28 year old cousin) were killed in a train accident at Plumbrook Crossing just outside of Norwood. The collection consists primarily of business letters, ledgers and account books of the various businesses and the personal diaries of Orrin Martin. Included also are legal papers, photographs of the pulp mill construction, and newspaper clippings of Hollis and Marion's accident.