J. A. MARTIN, TOWN’S OLDEST MERCHANT, SERIOUSLY ILL.
Stricken With Heart Trouble More Than Week Ago His Condition Cause for Alarm.
J. A. Martin, Greentown’s oldest merchant in point of continuous activity, was stricken with heart trouble Wednesday a week ago, and has not been able to leave his bed since. The business is being taken care of by a daughter, Mrs. Ray Cates of Toledo, who was called here by his illness.
“Johnny” as his many friends know him and lovingly call him, was taken ill on arising Wednesday morning of last week, but he attempted to open his store for business as usual. He was forced to return home and has been in critical condition from that time, which is cause for alarm among his friends. It is to be hoped that he may weather the attack and recover to again mingle with his business associates and friends at no far distant time.
In Greentown, J. A. Martin [missing text] He has been in business here for forty-three years. He came to Greentown when it was a struggling little village, but offering opportunities for a live young man the caliber of Mr. Martin. He came here from Russiaville. He embarked in the grocery and shoe business, which business enjoyed a wonderful success and in the boom days of the town the J. A. Martin store was the most popular of the town. Everybody liked “Johnny” and his business grew and prospered. He built the brick building where his store now occupies the lower floor and has been located there continuously since. He has witnessed the growth of the town from the very ground up. He has witnessed the boom and the receeding of the fortunes of the town, serving the corporation in the capacity of treasurer for many years with credit to himself and the town.
For the past few years Mr. Martin has not attempted to conduct an extensive business. He discontinued the grocery line, and devoted his time to the shoe trade, and the slogan ”On the Same Old Corner” was familiar to young and old alike. With the failing of health did not come his keen interest in affairs of the day and especially the welfare of his home town and he has always been found pulling with his fellow citizens and business associates.
The Gem joins in wishing for him a speedy recovery, for somehow there has been something missing in our daily lives since he is not able to be at his post.
[transcribed by Lisa A. Stout 2008 February 1]
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