CALVIN MARTIN- LIVERY STABLE-San Jose, California 1882

Deceased, was born in Milan, Duchess county, New York, October 14, 1818.
When seventeen years of age he accompanied his parents to Clinton, Lenawee
county, Michigan, where he remained on a farm, which, occupying only one
Summer, they left, and proceeded to Elkhart, Indiana. Calvin commenced
business on his own account, first, by purchasing grain and shipping it to
Chicago. He next engaged in the lumber trade at the mills, near the mouth
of St. Joseph's river. In 1848 he went to Chicago, thence to Niles,
Michigan, and in company with William Compton, started for California.
Compton, however, did not proceed farther than the St. Joseph river,
Missouri. Here Martin was joined by David Hoppe and with him crossed the
plains via the Humboldt and Fort Hall route, they arriving in Sacramento
July 26, 1849. Mr. Martin at once proceeded to Smith's Bar on the American
river, where he remained until the Fall of the year, when he came to Santa
Clara county, and settling at Mission San Jose, purchased some cattle,
which he drove to the mines. After disposing of these, he returned to
Sacramento, purchased some horses and brought them to San Jose, arriving in
the Winter of 1850. In company with William Aidenhead he opened a livery
stable, on what is now San Fernando street, near the California Theatre. In
the year 1853 he built his present livery stable at 314 to 318 Santa Clara
street, and save a few years, has been proprietor of the establishment. He
is the owner of four hundred and seventy acres of land, and was the
proprietor of Martin's and St. Francis blocks, two of the finest in this
city. Mr. Martin was in his sixty-second year when he died, and had been a
continuous resident of the county for thirty-two years. Married, November
23, 1853, Frances Leyba, a native of Sonora, by whom he had thirteen children.

The Pioneer, published San Jose, California, Saturday, February 11, 1882
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