MORTENSON Martin Edward
Date of birth : 1897 in California. Son of Norwegian immigrants.
Date of death : February 10, 1981, Mira Loma, Riverside County, California.
Practise: meterman at the Southern California Gas Company.
Second husband of Gladys Baker.
He met Gladys during Summer 1924.
He was immediately attracted by her charm.
Furthermore, having been educated as a good Lutherian, he was clearly impressed by Gladys's interest for the religion.
To Mortenson, she was the ideal woman. For her
part, she found him handsome, generous, well-balanced and with a very
flattering jealousy. He looked older than he was and had a discreet
scar. Thus, likely unconsciously, he had for her something like her own
father. Anyway, even though she was looking for, there were no reason
to turn down his wedding offers and a more safety life.
They got married on October 11,
1924; he was Lutherian and true believer; he would have been a disciple of the Christian Science.
But, not in the least he had doubt about nor the youth of this passion for spirituality, neither its ephemeral nature.Gladys was unfortunately unable to be limited to the faithfulness defined by the holy matrimony.
Gladys left him on May 26, 1925 and returned to live with Grace.
Martin Mortenson made many attempts to get her back. He waited, full of hope, but Gladys didn't answer to his many reconciliation attempts.
It was another Mortenson, native to the Middle West, who had the same name, and with kind of the same past (itinerant bread baker), which caused confusion. This Mortenson is buried at the Mount Hope Park Cemetery, in Youngstown.
Apparently it wasn't him; the real Mortenson, Norma Jeane's alleged father was well alive and lived in California.