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Male, born 1924-09-09, died 2000-11-03

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Cummings and Martenson, Architects

Professional History


Employee, Minneapolis Honeywell Regulators Company, Minneapolis, MN, 12/1942.

Partner, [Henry Lee] Cummings and Martenson, Architects, Kirkland, WA, 1957-11/1968.

Principal, Martenson & Associates, Architects, Kirkland, WA, 1968- . When the firm of Cummings and Martenson separated in 11/1968, Eugene Martenson remained in the partnership's old office at 1201 Market Street in Kirkland, WA. (See "Architects End 11-Year Partnership," Seattle Times, 11/10/1968, p. F7.)



B.Arch., University of Washington, Seattle, (UW), Seattle, WA, 1954.



Born in Minneapolis, MN, Martinson lived during his early years at 3633 41st Avenue South in that city. This small, 700-square-foot house, built in 1915 in Minneapolis's Howe neighborhood, had an approximate value of $2,000 in 1930. (See, Source Citation Year: 1930; Census Place: Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota; Page: 33B; Enumeration District: 0226; FHL microfilm: 2340833, accessed 08/09/2018.)

Between 1930 and 1940, Eugene's parents split up, with his mother marrying William Clayton Kirkland (b. 07/23/1901 in Minneapolis, MN-d. 05/19/1943). Eugene's sister, Charlotte, lived with her mother and step-father in 1940. William had a son by a previous marriage, also named William, (born c. 1925 in MN), who lived in this new, blended household at 4120 Grand Avenue in Minneapolis. William the elder worked as a carpet and linoleum layer, while his mother worked as a comtometrist.for wholesale drug company. (See, Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota; Roll: m-t0627-01993; Page: 63A; Enumeration District: 89-413A, accessed 08/09/2018.)

By 1940, Eugene resided with his maternal grandmother, Nellie May Ash Orcutt, (born 1879 in Minneapolis, MN-d. 08/17/1961), at her house at 4032 3rd Street in Minneapolis. At this time, Nellie had a lodger, Emily Pubrang (born c. 1877 in Sweden). (See, Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota; Roll: m-t0627-01982; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 89-183, accessed 08/09/2018.) Nellie's husband, Eugene's paternal grandfather, Ernest Eugene Orcutt (born 05/1853 in MN), a farmer in 1900, had died young on 09/12/1925 in Minneapolis.

It is not clear what brought Martenson out to WA State. His sister married in Clark County, WA, in 1945, and it is possible that he came out to attend the University of Washington (UW) for that reason. He also may have served in the military during World War II, and seen the area at that time. He graduated from the UW in 1954.

Eugene and Mary Martenson owned property in Lake Stickney, Snohomish County, during the 1980s and 1990s.

From 1982 until 2000, at least, Martenson lived at 501 10th Avenue West, Kirkland, WA.

Martenson died in King County, WA, at the age of 76.


His father was Glen Walter Martinson (born 02/02/1896 in Minneapolis, MN), his mother, Grace Fern Orcutt (. In 1930, the US Census recorded that Glen had a job as a machinist at a tool manufacturing company. Grace worked as a comtometrist, one who calculates numbers using an adding machine, at a local railroad office. Glen's 1942 World War II draft card had his name spelled "Markeson," but was corrected to read "Martinson."

His parents separated or divorced during the 1930s. Glen lived at 207 West 32nd Street in Minneapolis on 04/27/1942. No mention was made of Grace or his children as his next of kin. (See, Source Citation The National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; World War II Draft Cards (Fourth Registration) for the State of Minnesota; Record Group Title: Records of the Selective Service System, 1926-1975; Record Group Number: 147; Box or Roll Number: 621, accessed 08/09/2018.)

He had a younger sister, Charlotte E. Martenson Winston (born c. 1926 in Minneapolis, MN.) She married William E. Winston (born c. 1926 in Vancouver, WA) on 04/11/1945 in Battle Ground, WA. She worked as a dishwasher, he was a farmer. (See, Source Citation Washington State Archives; Olympia, Washington, accessed 08/09/2018.)


He wed Mary E. Martenson (b. 08/29/1924-d. 2007). They apprear to have married in MN in the 1940s.

Biographical Notes

It appears that his surname was originally spelled "Martinson," but the architect changed it to "Martenson." His name was spelled "Martinson" according to his World War II draft registration card of 12/24/1942. According to his World War draft card, Martinson stood 5-feet, 10-inches tall, weighed 165 pounds, and had a light complexion and black hair. His eye color was listed as "other." (See, Source Citation The National Archives in St. Louis, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 147, accessed 08/09/2018.)

SSN: 474189511.

Associated Locations

PCAD id: 3606