History of Idaho, Volume 3, by Hiram T. French, M.S.
The Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago and New York 1914, Page 1241-1242
The present popular and efficient incumbent of the office of cashier of the First National Bank, at Payette, Idaho, Maternus F. Albert, has here resided since 1892. His citizenship has been characterized by intrinsic loyalty and public spirit of the most insistent order, his aid and influence being freely given in support of all measures and enterprises tending to forward the best interests of his home community.
In Pennsylvania occurred the birth of Mr. Albert, the date of his nativity being July 18, 1859. He is a son of George and Eliza Albert, who resided at Dushone, Sullivan county, Pennsylvania, where the former died in 1890, at the age of fifty-nine years. George Albert was engaged in farming operations during the greater part of his active career, and his wife now survives him and maintains her home in Payette. There were four children born to Mr. and Mrs. Albert, the subject of this review having been the firstborn.
After completing the curriculum of the high school at Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, M. F. Albert attended the State Normal School, at Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. For the ensuing ten years he was engaged in teaching school in his native state and in 1892 he came to Payette, where he was superintendent of the Payette school for another ten years. In 1902 he was elected cashier of the newly organized Bank of Commerce, at Payette, and he retained that incumbency for the following four years, when the above institution was absorbed by the First National Bank of Payette. He is a member of the board of directors in the Continental Life Insurance & Investment Company, of Salt Lake City, and is likewise a director in the Payette Land and Orchard Company and in the Payette Canning Company. He is president of the Payette Commercial Club, and is known for a shrewd financier and a business man of unusual executive ability.
In politics Mr. Albert is a staunch supporter of Republican principles, and he is a member of the Payette board of education. In religious matters he and his wife are zealous members of the Presbyterian church, in which he is an elder, and in a fraternal way he is a thirty-second degree Mason. He maintains that Idaho has one of the brightest futures of any state in the Union on account of her water power facilities, and her great agricultural and horticultural possibilities.
In Pennsylvania, June 4, 1888, Mr. Albert was united in marriage to Miss Minnie E. Troup, a daughter of Theo. R. and Sarah Troup. There have been four children born to this union, namely: Lester Freeman, whose birth occurred in Pennsylvania, July 5, 188p, was graduated from the Idaho State University in June, 1912, and is now in the employ of the Idaho-Oregon Light & Power Company; David W., born July 21, 1892, in Pennsylvania, is a student in the University of Idaho; Marvin D., born at Payette, Idaho, in 1896, is attending high school in this city; and Marjorie, born at Payette, in 1900, is a pupil in the graded school.