“The Martins of Evergreen”
With Charlotte Martin and R.O. Machen
Monday, May 8th, Charlotte Martin along with R.O. Machen will tell the rich history of the Martin Family of the Evergreen Community. These two will be the 58th oral history program for the Dorcheat Museum and the 64th museum event for Dorcheat Museum.
Charlotte will be telling the Martin history from her late husband’s perspective. Arthur Dowd Martin became a part of the Martin family at 5 weeks old when he was adopted by Clara and Arthur Martin. He was born in Shreveport and graduated from Evergreen High School in 1953. Charlotte Smith Martin was born in Minden and graduated from Minden High School. She became a Martin in 1956. Most of their married life they lived in the Evergreen Community at A.D.’s old home place. They raised three sons, Art, David, and Carlos who live and work in the Minden area. They have 2 granddaughters, 6 grandsons, 2 great granddaughters and 2 great grandsons. Charlotte enjoy researching and learning about family history.
R.O. Machen R. O. Machen, Jr. was born in 1942 in Springhill, Louisiana. R.O. moved to Minden when he was in the 5th grade. His father R.O. Machen Sr. became assistant superintendent of Webster schools that year which prompted the move. A 1960 graduate from Minden High School and later graduating from Louisiana Tech in 1964 with a BS degree in Accounting. His banking career began immediately after graduation when he went to work for Louisiana Bank in 1964 and Peoples Bank in 1967. After 47 years in the Banking business he retired in 2010 from Gibsland Bank.
Married in 1979 to Barbara Fountain a Homer native. The couple has five children, 15 grandchildren and so far 3 great grandchildren - and looking ahead for many more. Barbara works for the State of Louisiana in the Child Welfare Division and will retire in 2017.
Don't miss your chance to hear about some of our local history. The museum events will be held in the Media/Learning center at the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum, 116 Pearl Street, Minden, La. Museum doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with first-come, first-serve seating. Program begins at 6:00 p.m. Admission is free with potluck desserts and snacks welcome.
For more information contact Schelley Brown Francis at 318-377-3002 or visit www.museuminminden.blogspot.com to sign up for the museum email blast. You can also find the museum on Facebook. To learn more about Webster Parish's rich history visit the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum located at 116 Pearl Street in Minden. Museum hours; closed on Monday, Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (closed from 1-2 for lunch), Saturday CLOSED. The museum admission is free. Also open for special tours and rental by appointment.