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Martin Demaret Scribner

Cochise County Treasurer 1893-1894 and1901-1904

Martin Demaret Scribner was born in Washington, Louisiana, June 15, 1855, the son of Samuel A. Scribner and Ursule A. Demaret. At the age of 17, he migrated to San Francisco and bought out a local express company operating between San Jose and San Francisco. It could not operate profitably in competition with the nationwide service of Wells Fargo, so in 1877, he gave up his private interest and accepted a job with Wells Fargo working as a messenger on the Oregon Short Line. He worked on several California lines as messenger and guard until 1883 when he moved to Santa Fe, N.M., seeking a fixed station after years of traveling in swaying express cars always on the alert for and in danger of robbers.

On May 19, 1885, Scribner was named Wells Fargo agent for Tombstone. In 1888, he took a break, then returned from 1890 to 1908 making him one of the longest serving Wells Fargo Agents in Arizona.  Agents in small towns were compensated on a percentage basis, customarily 10% of tariffs they collected which rarely was enough to support a man or family so agents usually had several jobs.

Martin bought mining properties and many pieces of real estate including the Aztec House at the corner of Third and Fremont, offering furnished rooms and private boarding. In 1887, he established a shuttle stage providing mail, express and passenger service between Tombstone and the rail connection at Fairbank. He owned an interest in the Southwest Ice Company manufacturing sufficient ice to supply several surrounding towns and became a stockholder in the Contention Mining Company. In 1894, M.D. Scribner was appointed correspondent of the Pacific Mining Agency and Trust Company of San Francisco, a corporation formed for the purpose of selling mining properties. He was also president of The First National Bank of Tombstone as well as one of the directors.

Martin married his first wife Electa Ensign Benton in 1902 at the Episcopal Church in Tombstone. They recorded a separation March 20, 1906, with Martin paying her $1700 and she waived all claims for alimony. Later they divorced.

Mr. Scribner served as Treasurer of Cochise County for 1893-1894 winning by only 26 votes, then lost the 1894 election to J.V. Vickers and won again for 1901-1904, serving three two-year terms. The 1909 newspaper reports Martin living in New Orleans and in 1911 reports him and his wife returning to Tombstone after looking after his plantation holdings in New Orleans and Mississippi. At the time of his death February 26, 1913, in Tombstone, Treasurer Scribner was married to Emily C. Scribner. He is buried in Tombstone.

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