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Author: The History of Florida:  Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol.II  p144, 1923

Matin Caraballo photo CARABALLO, MARTIN has been a prominent practitioner at the Tampa bar for
nearly fifteen years, has during the greater portion of that time been a
leading figure in public life, and his service has been particularly
patriotic, for he has never accepted a single cent for what he has done in
behalf of his community. An enthusiastic democrat, his fearless independence,
both of speech and political action, has sometimes brought him into conflict
with certain leaders of his party, while decidedly raising him in public
estimation. Personally he is a liberal-minded, whole-souled and popular man,
his geniality of manner adding a special charm to a clear mind and a broad
legal and statesmanlike ability.
The birth of Mr. CARABALLO occurred at San Adres Tuxtla, Mexico, April
18, 1887, and he is a son of MARTIN and JOSEFA (MORENO) CARABALLO, both of
whom were born in Matanzas, Cuba, MARTIN CABARALLO, the elder, was one of the
early settlers of Tampa, coming here in 1890, and here he was engaged in a
general practice of medicine for some years, and he was also interested in the
drug business. He also took a very active part in local affairs, and was one
of the best-known figures of his day. His death occurred June 9, 1909, when
he was fifty-one years old. He and his wife became the parents of fifteen
children, eight of whom reached maturity, five daughters and three sons, all
of whom now reside at Tampa, where they are numbered among the leading
citizens. Dr. C. J. CARABALLO is one of the successful dental surgeons of the
city: ROBERT J., who is assistant cashier of the Bank of West Tampa, and
MARTIN are the sons. The daughters are: JOSEPHINE, JULIA, widow of A. H.
CARNEY, FANNY, BERTHA and ONELIA. Of all of the fifteen children MARTIN
CARABALLO is the fourth in order of birth.
Three years old at the time of the family migration to Tampa, MARTIN
CARABALLO has been reared in this city, and here his interests are centered.
His early educational opportunities were limited, and he began working in his
father’s drug store at an early age, and he was also employed in the tobacco
fields of Cuba. When he was fifteen years old he studied shorthand, and went
to work in the law office of Macfarlane & Raney, and there the ambitious lad
studied in his spare moments, keeping before him the determination to become a
lawyer. In 1903 he entered Washington and Lee University as a law student,
and was graduated therefrom in 1907, with his degree. That same year he was
admitted to the bar, returned to Tampa, establishing himself in practice, and
has remained here ever since, building up a large and valuable connection.
Subsequently he took as his partner JOHN B. SUTTON, but this connection was
later severed by mutual consent, and since then Mr. CARABALLO has continued
alone. He has handsomely appointed offices on the tenth floor of the Citizens
Bank Building. Fraternally Mr. CARABALLO belongs to the Masons, in which
order he has been advanced to the thirty-second degree, and he is also a
Shriner. He belongs to Tampa Lodge No. 708, B.P.O.E., of which he is a past
exalted ruler, and he is one of the charter members of the Golf Club, and
belongs to a number of the social clubs of the city.
While attending the Washington and Lee University, Mr. CARABALLO married
STELLA B. DEISHER, in 1906, at Lexington, Virginia, a daughter of EVANS and
ADELINE (McCARTNEY) DEISHER. Mr. and Mrs. CARABALLO have four children,
Mr. CARABALLO has taken an active part in the local democratic party and in
1916 and in 1920 served as a presidential elector. He was one of the members
of the committee which drew up the present commission city charter, now in
force. He was the delegate from Florida to the convention held to enforce
peace, and can always be depended upon to do his full duty as a citizen, no
matter at what personal sacrifice. Possessing much mechanical skill Mr.
CARABALLO finds pleasant recreation in working in his well-equipped machine
shop, where he enjoys making different articles both useful and ornamental.
There is no doubt that he solves many difficult problems connected with his
profession or public service while his fingers are busy with the work in which
they are so skilled, and his family and intimate friends are the delighted
recipients of valuable gifts made by him.

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