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Martins, Carlton Gerwin 1932-1965


Posted By: Mary Durr (email)
Date: 7/28/2005 at 20:50:51


Services Held For Carlton Martins

Carton Gerwin Martins, son of Gerwin and Mabel Schlitter Martins, was born May 26, 1932, on the home farm in Clayton county. He was baptized July 3, 1932 in St. John Lutheran Church, Luana. He was confirmed in the Lutheran faith on June 30, 1946 in St. John Church.

He attended the Pixler country school, and Luana high school, graduating in 1951. He worked at home until his marriage to Joanne Grotegut, August 16, 1953 in Salem United Church of Christ in Ludlow.

The young couple began farming on the home place with the parents, and when the parents retired to Postville a year later, the couple began farming for themselves. Four children were born to this union.

Carlton was a member of St. John Church; a Brotherhood and Luther League officer; on the finance committee and board of ushers; active in Farm Bureau; Jaycees of Postville; township trustee; and nominated for outstanding young farmer in 1964 and 1965.

He passed away November 16, 1965 after an accident on his farm.

He attained the age of 33 years, five months, and 20 days.

He leaves to mourn his passing, his widow Joanne; four children at home: Catherine, Craig, Steven and Jeffrey; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gerwin Martins, Postville; and four sisters, Mary Jane (Mrs. Roger Russett) Postville; Lucille (Mrs. Richard Waters), Milwaukee; Norma, (Mrs. Daryl Sander) Postville; and Anna, at home in Postville.

Funeral services were conducted from St. John Lutheran Church, Luana, Friday afternoon, November 19, with Rev. Luther A. Meyer, officiating.

Carlton Martins Accident Victim

Carlton Martins, 33, was killed Tuesday morning, Nov. 16. He was found caught by the power take off shaft, by his hired man, who called the Postville rescue squad which rushed him to the Postville hospital which pronounced him dead on arrival. Part of his clothing got entangled by the power take off shaft of his tractor which choked him to death. He is survived by his wife and four children. Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. at St. John Lutheran church in Luana.

Corn Picking Accidents Kill One, Injure One

Two corn picking accidents within three days brought death to one and serious injury to another. Both accidents involved the power take-off machinery on the tractor.

Carlton Martins, 33, Luana was killed instantly Tuesday morning, November 16, when he was caught in the power take-off of a tractor from which he was unloading corn. He had apparently crawled under the wagon to make some adjustment when the hood of his sweat shirt caught on the turning shaft. He was choked to death instantly.

The accident took place between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Dr. Kiesau was called and the Postville Fire Department rescue unit was called but there was no help for the victim.

Carlton Martins, 33, was married and the father of four children. He was a dairy-hog farmer operating a 240 acre farm near Luana. he was one of six candidates last January for the Outstanding Young Farmer award.

Oscar Russett of Postville suffered serious injuries in a power take-off Sunday evening at his farm. His clothes ripped free from him when they became entangled in the power shaft but he was bruised and cut. He was brought to Community Memorial Hospital where he was treated for bruises and a fractured shoulder. X-rays are continuing to see if further damage was done.

Postville Herald newspaper clipping, hand dated 1965, from my mother's obituary collection.

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