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Roy Keller said he ...
Roy Keller said he was one of seven boys.
says that early records show it was on his farm that Martin cleared a little patch west of the house and planted Indian corn.
father cut off most of the large trees on the tract surrounding the Martin Spring.However, there are a few trees, mostly oak, that are about 100 years old, still on the wooded tract where the spring is located.
Located about 200 to 300 yard to the south of the spring is another flat-topped hill with a grove of young trees which contains remnants of an old cemetery--known as the Martin Cemetery.Keller
said it is here that Martin is buried in an unmarked grave.
"I still keep it up, but some one has stolen some of the stones and others have been broke," Keller
said.Keller was graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia and received his master's degree there in 1922.He
remained to tach at the university for about nine years.He
returned to Jonesboro during the 1930's to open a feed store but because of the depression "I lost everything like a lot of farmers and businessmen."He was County Extension agent for a time at Hardy, Sharp County, and later joined the Soil Conservation Service at Conway as technician, working in Civilian Conservation Corps camps.
After World War II, Keller
wife returned to teaching and for 17 years were teachers in Illinois, most of this being at Arlington Heights, Ill. and in Bureau County near Tiskilwa.Keller and his wife are now back at home in Jonesboro on the farm where he was born.
And, at the age of 78, "I'm having the time of my life," he
said, adding "I keep busy around the place, looking after my livestock and attending meetings.