Born: November 24, 1860

Died: May 21, 1940

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Marriage: Mary Vande Casteele April 8, 1881

Louis: January 12, 1882 - August 19, 1951
Florence: November 5, 1883 - November 26, 1957
Edward: August 27, 1885 - October 1, 1922
Francis (Ray): April 11, 1887 - December 14, 1978
Elizabeth: May 3, 1889 - April 21, 1973
George: May 10, 1891 - February 23, 1939
Charles: July 10, 1893 - March 16, 1965
Harry: April 10, 1895 - April 1, 1984
Angela: September 27, 1897 - July 25, 1954
Esther: November 19, 1902 - August 16, 1939
Clement: April 6, 1904 - January 11, 2004
Wedding Picture
: Uncertified copy of the marriage License of Mathias and Mary. Document # 02381.


Stroke Fatal to Pioneer Merchant in Village of Coleman (Article Marinette Eagle Star May 21 1940.

Math Marten, 80, pioneer resident of the Coleman district, died at his home in Coleman at 4 a.m. today following a stroke Sunday night. He suffered a stroke last January from which he rallied and he had been quite active since.

Mr. Marten, who was of Dutch descent, was well-known throughout the county, having served at various times as village representative on the county board of supervisors. For half a century, he was connected with mercantile business, first establishing a general merchandise store at Coleman and later acquired a second store at Pound.

Worked for Lumber Firm - Prior to going into the merchantile business, he served as bookkeeper for the Bolles Lumber company, with headquarters at Little River, situated between the present villages of Pound and Coleman.

Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Florence Simino and Miss Elizabeth Marten of Coleman, and Mrs. Edward Daley of Green Bay; five sons, Louis and Harry of Coleman, Ray and Charles of Pound, and Clement of Green Bay; two sisters, Mrs. Delia DeNoble of Everett, Wash., and Mrs. Anna Drissen of Wauwatosa; one brother, John of Chicago; 45 grandchildren and 17 great grand children. Mrs. Marten died several years ago.

Awaits Sister's Arrival - Final rites will be conducted at 9 a.m. Friday in St. John's church at Coleman and burial will be in the Church cemetery. The remains were removed to the Neveu funeral home at Coleman. (Note corrected spelling of Florence's last name from Fimino and Delia DeNoble (from Cecila).

Wednesday, April 15, 1925



Coleman, Wis.- Mrs. Mary Martens, wife of Mathias Martens of Coleman, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ben Simono, Two Rivers, Wis., Tuesday morning. She had been ill for over two months with a heart ailment and was under treatment at Two Rivers.

Mrs. Martens was sixty-three years old last September. She was born in Belgium and came to this country at the age of five, with her parents, who settled at DePere. She was married forty-four years ago this month to Mathias Martens at De Pere, coming to Coleman about twenty-eight years ago. Mrs. Martens was an organist and had presided at the organ in churches of De Pere and Coleman for about fifty years. She was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and the Royal Neighbors. She is survived by her husband, leading business man of Coleman, six sons and four daughters. The latter are Louis, Charles, Harry, Clement of Coleman, George of Stevens Point, Ray of Pound, Elizabeth and Esther and Mrs. Edward Daley of Coleman and Mrs. Ben Simono of Two Rivers. Among the survivors are included twenty-one grand children. Two sisters, Mrs. John Roffers and Mrs. Henry Albers of De Pere, also survive her.

The first and only death among the children in this family of eleven children did not occur until after the couple were married forty-one years. The deceased is Edward Martens, who died at St. Vincent's hospital, Green Bay, after an operation, at the age of thirty-seven years.

The funeral will occur Friday morning at ten o'clock from the St. John's Baptist church, Coleman.

(NOTE: Per Mary Ziemer, Mary died in the arms of her youngest son Clement).

Census images from 1900 Marinette ED District 128, Page 14 of 21. Mathias lists his occupation as Store Keeper and Louis (Aloyisus) was listed as Clerk in General Store.
1920 Census Image Coleman Village, Marinette County District 128 P. 26 of 35. February 5, 1920. Uncle Willie (Mathias's Brother) was living with them age 69, retired. George and Charlie are living at home and their occupation is Salesman in General Store. Mathias's occupation is Retail Merchant.
1880 Census Image Page 19 of 41: Mathias (Spelled Matias) Reynen - Martinus's Daughter - District 5 of De Pere Village on June 16, 1880. Shows that Mathias, age 20, was a boarder. Both Mathias Reynen and Mathias Martens occupation was Miller. Mathias Reynen owned a lumber mill.
Steven Point Newspaper May 27, 1940