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position as bookkeeper in a wholesale house,
which he held for two years and a half. At
this time he was offered the position of paying
and receiving teller in the private banlking
house of A. P. Wooldridge, Austin, and
served with eminent success and satisfaction
until he resigned, to engage in the lime
manufacture, at Round Rock, and was there
for a period of five years. He then formed
a partnership with Mr. J. J. Walker, of
Austin, and established a business at McN eil,
Travis county. They constructed kilns, having
a capacity of 100 barrels a day, but since
Mr. Walker's retirement, at the end of the
first year, Mr. Martin has increased the capacity
to 300 barrels daily, and now owns and
operates the largest and most complete lime
works in Texas. From twenty to fifty men
are employed, and the trade extends throughout
the State of Texas, penetrating even the
"Pan Handle," and demanding for its supply
over 50,000 barrels annually. In addition
to this industry, Mr. Martin conducts a
general mercantile business, at McNeil, carrying
a general stock of dry-goods, groceries,
boots, shoes, etc. His works are very favorably
located in regard to shipping facilities,
being situated on the International & Great
Northern, and the Houston & Texas Central
Railroads. The general office of his business
is at Austin, where he is also engaged in the
sale of lime, cement, and other building
material, his warehouses being located on the
Houston & Texas Central Railroad, near
the freight depot.
Joseph Martin, father of A. F. Martin, was
born in Baden Baden, Germany, and died in
Austin, Texas, in 1870, at the age of sixty
years. He was finely educated, being a graduate
of one of Germany's universities. He
emigrated to America in 1849, and came
directly to Texas after landing, stopping at
Indianola. He secured a position as civil
engineer with a company, locating a new
railroad, and afterward was employed in the
State Land Office as dranghtsman, a work for
which he was peculiarly fitted, and which he
continued to do until his death. He was
married to Theresa Huck, a sister of [I. J.
Huck, of Austin, and J. A. Huck of Chicago.
Mrs. Martin was born in iBaden Baden, and
came to the United States a few years after
her husband. She survives him, at the age
of sixty-five years. They were the parents
of five children: C. J., a grain merchant, of
Austin; A. F., the subject of this notice;
Laura, wife of Prof. Buckman, of the Alanmo
Business College; A. A., proprietor of the
Capital City Cornice Works; and J. A., of
Austin, a partner of C. J., in the grain business.
Mr. A. F. Martin was united in marriage,
February 15, 1886, to Mary Agnes, a sister
of S. V. Dooley, a citizen of Round Rock,
Texas, but a native of Ireland; Mrs. Martin
also was born on the Emerald Isle, in 1862.
They are the parents of three children:
Mary, Anna and Alberta, and are residents of
Austin. Texas. Their residence is beautifully
situated on one of the hills near the Confederate
Home, on West Sixth street, which
lie had built in the year 1889.
J G. GORDON, a farmer of Williamson
county, was born in Giles county, Tennessee,
August 25, 1828, a son of Andrew
and Eliza K. (Goff) Gordon, the former
a native of Kentucky and the latter of Virginia.
The father was a son of Robert Gordon,
a native of Virginia, who removed to
Kentucky in an early day, and later went
to Tennessee. The maternal grandfather of
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