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   Citation: 131.720.1 (Full image size: 33Kb)

This photo of Archie Martin was taken in Georgia before he and his wife Nancy moved to Ames in 1915. He became one of a handful of prominent black cictizens of the town. (See article "Early African-American Families of Ames" in the Winter 1990-91 issue of "The Ames Intelligencer" (newsletter of the Ames Heritage Association). Archie A. Martin was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, on September 15, 1857. He married Nancy in 1886 in Austell, Georgia. Archie Martin was employed by the Chicago and North Western Railroad until he retired in 1932. He was a member of the First Methodist Church in Ames. Nancy Martin died in 1947, five days short of her 92nd birthday. Archie Martin lived to be 102 years old, dying on February 29, 1960, in his home at 218 Lincoln Way in Ames. His survivors included four sons, one daughter, thirty-two grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren.

   Citation: 131.721.6 (Full image size: 43Kb)

This photo of Nancy C. Martin was taken in Georgia before she and her husband Archie moved to Ames in 1915. She became one of a handful of prominent black citizens of the town. (See article "Early African-American Families of Ames" in the Winter 1990-91 issue of "The Ames Intelligencer" (newsletter of the Ames Heritage Association).) Nancy Martin was born on May 22,1855, in Newman, Georgia. She married Archie A. Martin in 1886 in Austell, Georgia. She was the mother of thirteen children (four children were from a previous marriage: Ernest, Richard, Luther, and Hattie). The Martins built a house at 218 Lincoln Way in 1919 which became not only a family home, but a home-away-from-home for many African American students at Iowa State College. The second floor bedrooms were rented to students who were denied housing accomodations on the ISC campus. Nancy Martin died on May 17, 1947, at the age of 91, five days short of her 92nd birthday. She was survived by her husband, four sons (Ernest Simmons, Archie Martin Jr., Paul Martin, and Robert Martin), three daughters (Hattie Simmons Miller, Nellie Martin Shipp, and Julia Martin Brown), thirty-one grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

   Citation: 73.377.2-3 (Full image size: 34Kb)

Archie A. Martin worked for the Chicago and North Western Railroad when he and his family lived in Ames. He moved to Ames at the age of 58 in 1915. He retired from the railroad in 1932. Archie and his wife Nancy established a strong family tradition in their home at 218 Lincoln Way. The second floor of their home was reserved for black students attending Iowa State. For more information see "Early African-American families of Ames" in The Ames Intelligencer (newsletter of the Ames Heritage Association),Winter 1990-91 and Spring 1991. Archie was born on September 15, 1857, in Wilmington, North Carolina. He married Nancy in 1886 in Austell, Georgia. When he died on February 29, 1960, at the age of 102, he was survived by four sons, one daughter, thirty-two grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by Nancy, in 1947, and by a daughter. SEE ALSO: 147.809.1-2


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