Albert William

Born: November 23, 1874

Died: August 16, 1947

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No Marriage remained a bachelor working the farm in Milbank

1918 Draft Registration
Graves located in St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery, Milbank SD
Albert W. Martens, Melrose Resident 58 Years, Dies Saturday

Albert W. Martens, who lived in this county for 68 years and spent all of that time on one of the oldest and best known homsteads in this territory, died Saturday evening at St. Bernard hospital. He had been ill approximately three weeks with death resulting from a stroke and heart ailment.

Mr. Martens, who was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Martens, was born at Green Bay, Wis., on Nove. 18, 1874, and came to Grant county with his parents at the age of four. The Martens family homesteaded in Melrose Township, four and one-half miles north of town.

Mr. Martens grew to manhood there and continued to make his home on that farm. During the past few years, his nephew, Bernard Van Stralen and family, had lived there with him and Mr. Van Stralen had taken over most of the farm work.

The funeral services were held Monday morning at St. Lawrence church, of which the deceased was a lifelong member. The Rt. Rev. Msgr. F. P. Grabig officiated. Interment was made in the St. Lawrence cemetery.

Pallbearers were John Vissers, Henry Tillemans, William Garvey, Henry Derks, John Van Hout and P. V. Van Hout.

Mr. Martens is survived by one sister, Mrs. A. J. Van Stralen, of this city and one brother, C. W. Martens, of Minneapolis.

Relatives and friends from a distance here for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Harold McNiff, of Ortonville; Mr. and Mrs. Francis Korstjens of Big Stone, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Martens, of Watertown.