Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A prominent attorney who has well merited his professional advancement is Carmel Martin, of Monterey, near which historic city he was born, on the old Martin Rancho, in the vicinity of the famous Carmel Mission, on July 5, 1879, the son of John Martin who owned the land, in the center of which the Mission and last resting-place of Father Serra were located. Enjoying the advantages of a comfortable home, he attended the public schools of both Carmel and Monterey, and unwilling to rest upon his oars as a youth, progressed with credit through the State Normal school at San Jose.

Following his graduation he taught school for three years, and then, with added knowledge of human nature, entered the law school of Michigan University, at Ann Arbor, from which he was duly graduated with the coveted degree of LL. B., as a member of the noted class of '07. He then returned to California, opening an office in Monterey; and having many friends, among whom he had an enviable reputation as a young man and public-spirited, progressive citizen, he commenced that practice of law in which, ever since, he has been preeminently successful.

Becoming active in the councils of the democratic party, Mr. Martin was elected mayor of Monterey, and it was during his term of office that the new charter was adopted, so that he was really the first mayor to serve under it, and met the brunt natural in the enforcement of the new ordinances. He has also served for twelve years as a trustee of the favorably-known high school, and it is fair to assume that a good portion of the credit for this very creditable institution of popular education is due to faithful discharge of his duty. Naturally, he is a member of both the State and County Bar Associations, and in this relation, as well as in the practice of his profession, reflects credit upon the legal history of California.

In June, 1912, Mr. Martin was married to Miss Lydia Wahl, a native of Stockton, and a daughter of Christian Wahl, one of the highly-esteemed residents of that up-to-date city. Five children have blessed this union: Douglas, John F., Carmel, Jr., Stewart and Ann. Mr. Martin has one hobby, in that he is very fond of baseball; and he was such a popular star of the 'Varsity team, that he was made a flattering offer to play professional baseball. The lure of his legal profession, however, saved him for a higher calling, to the gratification today of both colleague and client.

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.