From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 164, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Martin Brooks, editor of the Mount Sterling Examiner, was born
in Jacksonville, in 1836. His father, Samuel S., came from Connecticut,
of Scotch ancestry.
Martin commenced very young to learn the trade of printer, and
was employed in different places until 1863, when he came to Mount
Sterling, and with his brother Samuel bought the office and good will
of the Mount Sterling Union, a weekly paper, and changed the name to
the Mount Sterling Record. He was elected Circuit Clerk in 1864, and
served eight years, and then bought an interest in the Mount Sterling
Message, and two years later sold out, and was clerking in the
courthouse for a time. In 1879 he bought the furniture and lease of the
Lambert House, and kept hotel two years, and then resumed clerking in
the courthouse. In 1883, he was elected Police Magistrate, and served
two terms. In the meantime, with George S. Campbell he bought the Mount
Sterling Examiner, and has been its editor ever since.
He was married in 1867, to Sophia S. Price, of Brown county, who died in 1869. In 1872 he was married to Nannie Kendrick.
He has two daughters by his second marriage: Mabel Claire and
Bernice A. He belongs to Hardin Lodge, No. 44, A.F. & A.M., is a
Democrat, and he and his wife belong to the Christian Church.
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