Early settlers in Martin County began with Calvin Tuttle in March 1856. His settlement was called Tuttle's Grove. Mr. Tuttle was a man of considerable energy, of strong prejudices, and while generous with his friends, with his enemies went the other extreme.
Calvin Tuttle and Mr. Rickey were the 1st white settlers to come to Martin County. They came in March 1856.
Calvin Tuttle, born August 8, 1810 and the 1st settler of Martin County, left his name on the huge lake named by the Indians as Okamanpedan.
At about the same time, Calvin Tuttle made a claim on what he named Tuttle's Grove. Mr. Tuttle's wife and children came in May 1856. This is where the 1st family settled. The Tuttle's had seven children, three sons, George and Columbus, both grown men and one young boy and four daughters, (two were grown women). Mr. Tuttle proved to be a good speculator who bought and sold several claims before he left.
The 1st corn was grown by Calvin Tuttle in 1856 and was damaged by frost on Sept. 19, 1856.
Louisa Tuttle and W. S. Campbell were married on Sept. 24, 1857. The wedding took place at Calvin Tuttle's home with William. H. Budd of Fairmont, Minnesota in attendance. J. C. Hudson performed the ceremony.
Wm. H. Budd thought Calvin Tuttle deserves particular mention as the 1st white settler of Martin County. He also thought that some record should be made or something done, that would in the years to follow, perpetuate the name of Martin County's 1st white settler, Calvin Tuttle.
Calvin Tuttle and family, W.S. Campbell and family and Thos. Cain moved away in May 1862. The county was getting too thickly populated for Mr. Tuttle, and being a typical pioneer moved further west.
Tuttle and Sons enlisted at Denver, Colorado, and served in the Civil War. Calvin Tuttle and his wife ended up at Salem, Nebraska where they died in April 1882 one week apart.