Notes for Manuel Conrado Martinez: The first state representative from 8th District Colfax County, Ponil Creek, located North and West of Cimarron. Member of Education, Liquor Traffic, Roads & Highways, Public Institutions, and Penitentiary Committees. Political affiliation is Democrat.
Ponil Creek was a lively place and miners from Red River camps came here for dances. He was the caller for the square-dances. When worked as logger, he hired men to fell trees and make ties to sell to railroad. He worked on the railroad as Section Hand for 3 years. During time in legislature his occupation was timber contractor. Ponil Park was founded as a center for logging and sawmill operations. Founded in 1850 or thereabouts. It died out about 1900 along with Ring, Labelle, Bonito, Dawson, Anchor, Midnite, & Hopewell.
According to Taos County NM Sheriff and Alguacil Mayors web site (www.kmitch.com/taos/sheriffs.html) he was the Diputado Alguacil Mayor on January 8, 1924. David Struck with Alguacil Mayor. On May 18, 1934 he was appointed Village Marshal.
According to 1900 Census owned home free. According to 1930 Census value of home $1000 Death Certificate #2801 issued by Taos County, NM May 1939
Catskill enjoyed a reputation rare for towns in the 1890s. It was known as a happy and fun loving town. Its citizens contributed time and money to build a church, a recreation hall, a racecourse, a dance pavilion, a picnic ground and a ballpark. It had a twenty-two-piece band as well as a dance orchestra. It was a fun loving town without violence. It was also a lumbering and sawmill town. It produced charcoal in such great demand that three thousand cords of wood were burned daily in the Catskill ovens. During the boom years thirty to fifty flatcar loads of lumber were shipped daily. The town was born in 1890 and had a good life until 1902. The timber around Catskill was becoming scarce and one by one the sawmills began closing down. In that year, the tracks of the Colorado and Southern Railway were pulled up cutting off Catskill's lifeline. There are a few surviving relics of the town most notably ten perfectly preserved red brick charcoal ovens east of Catskill beside the Canadian River. Once so easily accessible by rail, it can now only be reached with a four-wheel-drive vehicle.
More About Manuel Conrado Martinez: Burial: 22 May 1939, Taos, New Mexico.1007 Census 1: 1910, ED4 Sheet 6 Colfax Co. Precint #14.1007 Census 2: 1920, ED 18 Sheet 7A Colfax Co Precint #26.1007 Census 3: 1930, ED 7 Sheet 1B Tao Co. Precint #4.1007 Elected 1: 1911, State House Representatives; First Legislature.1007 Elected 2: 1910, School Director, Ponil, New Mexico.1007 Occupation 1: 1930, Logger; contractor.1007 Occupation 2: 1910, Teamster.1007 Occupation 3: 1920, Foreman Tie Camp.1007 Property: 1920, Ponil Creek.1007 Residence 1: 1925, Taos, New Mexico.1007 Residence 2: 1910, Catskill, NM.1007 Residence 3: 1913, Santa Fe, NM.1007 Residence 4: 1920, Ponil, Colfax, New Mexico.1008
More About Manuel Conrado Martinez and Maria Gertrudes Cortez: Death of one spouse: Abt. 1939, New Mexico.1009 Marriage: 20 February 1893, Trinidad, Las Animas, Colorado.1009
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