Peter Martin, one of Huntington’s prominent and influential citizens, is a native of Germany, and was born August 31, 1855. He was the second in a family of nine children born to Frank and Elizabeth (Baltes) Martin, who also were natives of Germany. Our subject spent his boyhood and early youth in his native country. As soon as he became old enough, he entered school, which he continued to attend both in winter and summer, until he was thirteen years of age, at which time he quit school and began to learn the trade of a stone mason. This was finished in due time, and to it his attention was devoted in Germany, until he reached his seventeenth year, when in the spring of 1872, in company with his father, mother, three brothers, and one sister, he came to America. On reaching this county the family immediately continued westward, and some time during the month of June, they arrived in the City of Huntington. The parents, Frank and Elizabeth Martin, at present reside one mile east of this city. During the first two years of his residence here, our subject worked at his trade, and it is worthy of mention, that in this he became quite proficient. On retiring from his trade he engaged in the manufacture of lime, and to it his undivided attention has been directed ever since. At the time of its organization in 1880, he became a member of the Huntington White Lime Association, with which he has been actively identified ever since. He was married June 8, 1880 to Elizabeth T. Rausch, who was born in Huntington, June 9, 1857. She was the eldest of six children, born to Anton and Catharine (Wolter) Rausch, both of who were born, reared and married in Germany. They emigrated to America, and to the village of Huntington, in about the year 1855. Mr. and Mrs. Martin are the parents of three children: Mary H., born January 31, 1881; Adelaide M., born November 24, 1882, and Edward M., born November 28, 1884, all of who are living. Our subject and his wife are members of the Catholic Church.
History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago, IL) 1887. Biographical Sketches of Huntington – City and Township, p. 509.