In the year 1915, the De Luxe-Parisian Dyeing and Cleaning Works made its appearance and was listed among the business houses of San Jose, John S. Marten, being one of its proprietors. This business has continued to grow until now it is considered the largest and best establishment in this line in San Jose. Mr. Marten is a native of San Jose, and was born on March 27, 1889, the son of J. P. and Helen (Stock) Marten; the father came here about the year 1885 and here it was that he met and was married to Miss Helen Stock.

 Our subject was born in the old Stock house at 293 South Second Street, in the same room that his mother was born. J. P. Marten was the owner of a novelty store on South First Street, which he conducted until he retired; both parents
are living. Granfather Stock was the first plumber of that city.

Mr. Marten received his education in the public school of this city, graduating from the high school of San Jose with the class of 1910. He then worked in various occupations until 1913 and was then employed in the freight rate department with the Southern Pacific Railway for two years, later engaging in the dyeing and cleaning
business at 255 South First Street as one of the proprietors of the De Luxe-Parisian Dyeing and Cleaning Works, and then consolidated with the Imperial Dye Works, the oldest business in this line in San Jose, when the concern became known as the De Luxe Imperial Dyeing and Cleaning Works. This consolidation occurred in 1915 and in March, 1917, they moved to the present location at 224-26 East Santa Clara Street, where they have the most modern and up-to-date equipment, being able to give the very best of service and workmanship. They employ fourteen workmen and have three wagons covering San Jose and Santa Clara.

 In 1919 Mr. Marten and Mr. Heyrmann bought out the third partner and Mr. Marten was married to Miss Estelle M. Carson, also a native of California, who was born in Milpitas, Cal. Mr. Marten is an active member of the Chamber of
Commerce, and also of the Knights of Columbus. He is a Republican in political preference.
Transcribed by Joseph Kral, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1535


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