Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A genuine California Argonaut whose memory will long be honored by those who knew him and those since coming after, who have heard his wonderful story, is Daniel C. Martin, now deceased, who crossed the great plains to California in romantic '49. He mined in the mother lode district of northern California and also in San Joaquin county, and returned east by way of Cape Horn, after which he again came to California, crossing the plains a second time. He located in Carmel valley, near Monterey, and engaged in wheat raising in the Pajaro valley. In 1864 he took up a government claim in the Corral de Tierra, where he engaged in the cattle industry. He and two others there built the Washington school which was the first country school in Monterey county. It is still standing, and is yet used for school purposes. For three years he was a school trustee. He and his associates formed the first Republican club in Monterey county, and he served as secretary of the organization, with headquarters at Hilltown. This was during Abraham Lincoln's administration, and it is unnecessary to add that the club held the liveliest of sessions, and kept busy carrying out its ambitious programs. He was always active in republican political affairs, not only holding responsible office but also attending the great conventions of his party. He died in 1884, leaving an enviable record of real usefulness to the world.

In 1857 Mr. Martin married Miss Jane Nestor, a native of Ireland, and their happy union was blessed with six sons, all of whom are living: Daniel, William J., Thomas H., John E., Robert A. and Andrew W. Martin. William J. Martin, the present postmaster of Salinas, was formerly the agent of the Western Union Telegraph Company at Salinas for a number of years, and when he left that organization, he located in San Francisco and was associated with John D. Spreckels on the San Francisco Call. He followed newspaper work there for a number of years, and having returned to Salinas, he took the civil service examination for postmaster during President Wilson's administration and passed with such high marks that he was appointed to the position. Although a republican in party politics, Mr. Martin has enjoyed the endorsement of both parties while twice serving as a member of the state legislature. While in the general assembly he gave thoughtful and earnest consideration to all vital public questions and over his official record there falls no shadow of wrong nor suspicion of evil.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.