Martin was 32 years of age when this diary started. He was married to the former Leone Hudgins and had a daughter, Carole Anne, age four. Leone's parents, Edwin and Sarah, owned the local store and ran the post office next door and Martin's parents lived close by as well. During 1942 Martin was an insurance agent in both Mathews and Gloucester County and spent most of his time out collecting insurance premiums and writing policies. He was also a licensed minister and was called on frequently to preach at churches in the area.
Thursday, January 1, 1942
Sarah, Mathews County, Virginia
Rain in the evening
Today has been much like other days except that I haven’t been to work. Went to Mother’s this morning but she was not at home went to see Aunt Ella and Manie.
Leone gave me my Christmas present this morning which was late in coming. She had Carole Anne’s first shoes covered in bronze so as to preserve them and gave them to me for a Christmas present. Nothing could have pleased me more. Every crease and wrinkle has been preserved.
The President recently issued a proclamation making this a Day of Prayer. I pray that peace may come upon this troubled world and that right may triumph.
Friday January 2, 1942
The War Department announced this morning that the Japanese troops have occupied Manila and that the naval base at Cavite has been evacuated. This is the outstanding item today in the battle for the Philippines.
Mrs. Cora Minter died this afternoon
Had a telegram from Dr. John Stewart Bryan, President of William and Mary College asking me to meet with other Chairman of County President’s Birthday Celebration Clubs in his office in Richmond next Tuesday to make plans for the annual drive for funds. I am afraid I shall not be able to go.
Saturday January 3, 1942
Cloudy with evening rain
Worked practically all day. I came home about four p.m. and since it looked like rain, got in some wood and kindling. Tonight I read awhile and studied my Sunday School Lesson for tomorrow.
Sunday January 4, 1942
Sunday School this morning at 9:30. I am the Superintendent (Bethel Methodist Church in Laban). There were only about thirty present on time. Our people need to get up sooner. Brother George Watkins was back teaching the Men’s Bible Class this morning after a recent illness which necessitated his absence for several Sunday’s.
War, war and God only knows what tomorrow may bring. I can’t buy tires along with millions of others so there goes my job. We can’t buy boots or overshoes except those which are already in the local stores. No new stocks are available, and I shall have to have boots and overshoes, my wife needs galoshes and so does my little girl, four years of age. God grant that there may soon come and end to this horrible insane conflict.