From Toano to Germany and Back: Stories of the Great Depression and World War II

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Tom Martin has provided a heartwarming personal account about growing up in Toano, Virginia, the village which was James City County's commercial hub when he was young in the 1920s and 30s. Intended to benefit his children, the stories he shares are insightful to anyone interested in what life was like in early twentieth-century James City County. At that time, Toano was a bustling place with about twenty family homes, a school, a railroad depot and freight station, barrel and canning factories, a bank, three hotels, several stores and restaurants, garages for motor vehicles, stables for horses, a pool hall, and more. Tom then continues his life journey with his induction into the US Army in 1943 after his second year at VPI. He shares a number of adventures of basic training, transportation by ship over to North Africa, and some moving experiences during World War II in Italy, France and Germany.

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Thomas Garden Martin was born in Toano, Virginia, on January 8, 1924. He was the second child of Walter C. and Mary Elizabeth Garden Martin. At that time, Toano was a bustling place with about twenty family homes, a school, a railroad depot and freight station, barrel and canning factories, a bank, three hotels, several stores and restaurants, garages for motor vehicles, stables for horses, a pool hall, and more. His father moved to Toano from Lanexa, Virginia, in 1905. His mother’s home was near Farmville, Virginia. She came to Toano High School as the Home Economics teacher. There were five children in the Martin family: Walter, Jr. (Ju Ju), Tom, Mary, Alice and Billy. Tom entered Virginia Polytechnic Institute (now commonly referred to as Virginia Tech) as a cadet in 1941. His college was interrupted two years later, when he was inducted into the US Army to serve in World War II. Following Basic Training, he was shipped overseas, serving in North Africa, Italy, France, and Germany. After returning from WWII, Tom completed his undergraduate studies at VPI, got married to Louanne Neff, and then continued his education at The College of William and Mary, earning his law degree in 1951. Tom and Louanne eventually settled in Warrenton, Virginia, in 1952. They have three children, Nan, Tim, and Gillian. After practicing law with Walter Robertson in Warrenton for five years, Tom established his own practice in 1957, partnering with John Alexander. The Martin and Alexander law firm grew over the next fifteen years, and they added two more attorneys. In 1978, the firm expanded once again, and Martin and Alexander merged with another firm in Warrenton, and formed a new firm known as Martin Walker, PC, with a staff of six lawyers, two associates, and a staff of twenty-five. In 1984, Tom and Louanne built a log home in Lanexa on the very property that his father grew up on. “The Cabin” has since been a place of special meaning over the years, where their extended family and friends have gathered with them for many wonderful times. In 1995, Tom retired from his law practice and focused his time as Fauquier County Commissioner of Accounts. He held this position until he retired in 2005, at which time he and Louanne moved to Williamsburg, Virginia, not far from the Toano of his youth and his treasure trove of memories.

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