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Paul A. Martin Correspondence and Papers

1856 – 1944 (bulk 1917 – 1918, 1944)

Manuscript Collection no. 776




World War I soldier, journalist. Of Kansas; Battle Creek, Lansing, Mich.

This collection contains a list of descendants of John A. & Ida Challiss Martin, mother of Paul A. Martin. There is also an album of letters written by the children of Mary A. Harres Challiss who was Ida’s mother. These describe their life at Woodlawn, their home in Nemaha County, Kan. There is a letter by W. L. Challiss, Mary’s husband, on the family’s move to Kansas in 1856. The letters dated 1918 and 1919 are between Paul Martin in France and A. L. Miller, Paul Martin’s supervisor; 1 letter is from Paul’s mother. The correspondence dated 1944 is from Lieutenant John A. Martin, Paul Martin’s nephew, about John’s service in the Pacific during World War II.


1856-1944 (bulk 1918-1919, 1944)


0.2 ft. (1 box)


Martin, Paul A., 1886-1965.


Paul A. Martin correspondence and papers

Other titles:

  • Correspondence and papers
  • Papers

Folder titles: Woodlawn ; Papers


Ms. collection no. 776


Text is in English.


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Kansas Historical Society (Topeka)


Paul Alexander Martin, a Michigan journalist, was the son of Kansas Governor John A. Martin. In World War I he served with the American Expeditionary Forces in France. After the War, Paul served on the staffs of the Battle Creek Enquirer and the Lansing State Journal newspapers.

Contents List

 Organization of the Papers

Organized by type of material.

Description of the Collection

Photostatic copy of biographical information and sketch sent to the Michigan State Library.

Family tree of Ida Challiss, mother of Paul A. and wife of Gov. John A., 1851-1932.

Album of letters written by the children of Mary Harres Challiss, mother of Ida Challiss Martin, in Oct.-Dec. 1904. Album is entitled “Woodlawn” and consists of reminiscences of life at Woodlawn, situated near Atchison, its history and local incidents. Concluding letter is by W. I. Challiss, husband of Mary M., on move to Kansas in 1856.



Nov. 10: A. L. Miller of the Morning Equirer and Evening News, Battle Creek, Mich., to Paul Martin, American Expeditionary Force (A.E.F.). in France—on the armistice and the premature announcement by the United Press and preparedness.

Dec. 1: A. L. Miller to Mrs. Martin—on war’s end and job for Paul.

Dec. 1: A. L. Miller to Paul Martin—wants comments on the peace and relates local news.


Jan. 17: Mother to Paul Martin—Atchison news (typed copy of letter)

Feb. 6: Paul Martin to Mr. Miller—on peace negotiation, army engineering school, and the truce.

Feb. 16: Paul Martin to Mr. Miller—on the League of Nations, home, school, and the French press and people.

Feb. 23: Paul Martin to Mr. Miller—weather, home, Congress and the A.E.F., school, Germany, and universal military service.

Mar. 1: Paul Martin to Mr. Miller—school, Germany, universal military training, A.E.F., and Kansas and Governor Allen.

Apr. 5: Paul Martin to Mr. Miller—his travels in France and peace conference.

Apr. 10: Paul Martin to Mr. Miller—report to unit in Germany.

Apr. 11: Paul Martin to Mr. Miller—postcard from Italy.

Undated but 1919: Paul Martin to Mr. Miller (second page)--trip to Germany and the good work of the Red Cross.


Apr. 21: Lt. John A. Martin to Uncle Paul—life in rest area on New Guinea.

Apr. 28: Lt. John A. Martin to Uncle Paul (photostat of V Mail letter)—news on rest area.

June 1: Lt. John A. Martin to Uncle Paul—in forward area of New Guinea and news of folks in New York.

July 25: Lt. John A. Martin to Uncle Paul—life in rest area on New Guinea.

Aug. 13: Lt. John A. Martin to Uncle Paul (photostat)—rest area life.

Aug. 21: Lt. John A. Martin to Uncle Paul—life in jungle rest area.

Oct. 17: Lt. John A. Martin to Uncle Paul—Netherlands East Indies rest area.

Nov. 29: Lt. John A. Martin to Uncle Paul—Philippines, fighting nearby, and the mud.

Index Terms


Challiss, Mary A. Harres, 1830-1909.
*Challiss, W. L. (William Lawrence), 1826-1909.
Martin, Ida Challiss, 1851-1932.
**Martin, John A.
Martin, John A., 1839-1889.
Martin, Paul A., 1886-1965.
Martin, Paul A., 1886-1965– Correspondence.
Martin, John A.
*Miller, A. L

* Co-creator
** Subject and co-creator
All others are subjects.

Family Names

Martin family.

Geographic Names

France – History – 1914-1940.
Kansas – History – 1854-1861.
Battle Creek (Mich.)
Lansing (Mich.)
Nemaha County (Kan.)
Pacific Ocean – History – 20th century.
Woodlawn (Kan.) – History – 1914-1940.


American letters – Kansas – History – 20th century.
Migration, Internal – Kansas.
Migration, Internal – United States.
World War, 1914-1918 – France – Personal narratives.
World War, 1939-1945 – Campaigns – Pacific Ocean – Personal narratives.


Journalists –Michigan – Battle Creek.
Journalists – Michigan – Lansing.

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 Preferred Citation

Paul A. Martin Papers and Correspondence, ms. collection no. 776, State Archives & Library, Kansas Historical Society.

 Acquisition Information

Gift: Michigan Historical Commission, 1965

 Processing Information

Detailed description, below, provided by the d0nor. Remainder of description by Robert L. Knecht, 2009.


No additional papers are anticipated.