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.
Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois, Biographical Review Publishing Co., Chicago, 1892, page 164.
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