Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Louis Verral Martin (1889-1958)

Louis Verral Martin was born about 1888 in Ontario or Alberta, Canada, to Louis Henry and Elizabeth (Robinson) Martin. When the 1891 census was enumerated, Louis' father was a carpenter and the family continued to live in Calgary. In 1906 the family still lived in Calgary. No information about occupations was included on the census form, but the family did keep three horses, 12 milk cows, and six other types of cattle.

By 1911 Louis' father had died and he lived at home with his widowed mother and sister in Calgary. Louis worked as a house painter and apparently kept quite busy, working 54 hours per week. In 1910 he earned $600. Five years later, Louis was 27 years old, continued to live with his widowed mother at 10th Street, Northwest in Calgary. His mother worked as a maternity nurse and Louis' occupation was unknown.

Between the time the 1916 and 1921 censuses were enumerated, Louis Verral Martin married Martha (Brodie) Moore. She had emigrated from Scotland in 1912 with her four living children. Her first husband had come to Canada in 1911. About 1917 Louis and Martha had a daughter they named Jean.

When the 1921 census was enumerated, the family lived at 22 Centre Street in Calgary, which they rented for $40 per month. Louis worked as a driver for a motor livery and had not been out of work the previous year. His earnings were reported to be $1,200. In addition to the family, Louis' step-son, John Moore, and his younger sister, Florence, lived with them as well as two boarders.

Some time around 1925 the family moved to Vancouver and Louis retired in 1953.

He died on 13 June 1958 at Vancouver General Hospital of acute coronary thrombosis and ventricular fibrillation. Contributing factors to his death were arterio-sclerosis and an old myocardial infarction. His address before his death was 555 South Renfrew. He was interred on 17 Jun 1958 at Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby, Canada.

1891 Canada Census, Census Place: Calgary, Alberta, Territories; Roll: T-6425; Family No: 186
1906 Canada Census, Census Place: 9, Calgary, Alberta; Page: 10; Family No: 2
1911 Canada Census, Census Place: Calgary, Calgary, Alberta; Page: 6; Family No: 67
1916 Canada Census, Census Place: Alberta, Calgary East, 05I; Roll: T-21948; Page: 34; Family No: 419
1921 Canada Census, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 3; Census Place: City of Calgary, Calgary East, Alberta; Page Number: 22
Canada, British Columbia, Death Index, 1872-1990, 1958 Martin, Louis Verral
Canada, British Columbia, Registration of Death, No. 58-09-006897

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