Felix Martinez was a prominent businessman,
politician, and diplomat in El Paso at the turn of the 20th century.
He was the owner/publisher of the El Paso Daily News, a director
of the First National Bank of El Paso, one of the original directors
of the Federal Reserve Board, Dallas District, an officer of El
Paso Electric and a diplomat in South America under President
Martinez helped to establish one of the most
prominent menís clubs in El Pasoís history, The Toltec Club. The
social club had many wealthy men as members, and they entertained
important visitors, including Theodore Roosevelt. After the Great
Depression, the club ceased to exist.
In 1904, residents living around the Rio Grande
sought to solve the basin-flooding problem. The solution was to
build a dam that restricted the flowing
water, but the location was hotly debated. Martinez was one
of five representatives from Texas that created a resolution in
favor of the Elephant Butte, New Mexico site. The damn was finished
At the time of his death in 1916, Felix was
considered one of the most prominent Hispanics in the United States.
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