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Martinez Family Collection, 1927-2001 | SHSU Special Collections & University Archives

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Extent: 1.0 Folders

Arrangement: This collection is arranged by material type. Newspaper clippings are in chronological order.

Subjects: Walker County (Tex.)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains materials donated by Marie Byrne Martinez, a longtime employee of the Newton Gresham Library. It contains a family history, newspaper clippings, and a wedding photograph.

Collection Historical Note

The Martinez family immigrated to Texas in the 1920’s. Jose and Zenobia Martinez were married in 1927, and then moved to Huntsville in the year 1929. Jose was the first Mexican to become a member of the Masonic Lodge of Huntsville. He was responsible for getting many children with severe birth defects care through the Shriner’s Crippled Children Hospital in Houston. Mr. Martinez also worked to establish an independent water company in Huntsville, which was later bought by the City of Huntsville. The Martinez’s were charter members of the first Mexican Baptist church in Huntsville. They also opened the first Mexican restaurant in Huntsville, Martinez Restaurant, which was open until 1981. The Martinez family have had a great impact on the city of Huntsville, and members of the family still reside in Walker County.

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Walker County (Tex.)

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Repository: SHSU Special Collections & University Archives

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The materials represented in this finding aid have been made available for research, teaching and private use. For these purposes, you may reproduce (print, make photocopies, or download) these items without prior permission on the condition that you provide proper attribution of the source in all copies.

Please contact the Newton Gresham Library's Special Collections and University Archives department to request permissions to reproduce materials for any other purpose, or to obtain information regarding the copyright status of a particular digital image, text, audio or video recording.

Preferred Citation: Martinez Family Collection. SHSU Special Collections, Newton Gresham Library, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.

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[Folder 1: Martinez Family Collection, 1927, October 28-2001, March 6; undated],

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Bilbiliographic Record Form, Joe and Zenobia Martinez Family History Booklet, Newspaper Article Regarding the Martinez Restaurant, the first mexican restaurant in Huntsville, Newspaper Ad for Martinez Restaurant, Houston Morning News Newspaper Clipping "Martinez Name Means Automobile Mechanics", Houston Morning News Obituary Clipping for Joe Martinez Sr, Wedding Photograph of Jose Maria and Zenobia Zamora de Martinez

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