Lee County Biography


Agricultural pursuits claim the time and energies of C.M. Atkinson, a representative young resident of Amboy township, who rents a productive farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 10. His birth occurred in China township, Lee county. on the 2d of January, 1888, his parents being William and Augusta (Skinner) Atkinson, who are among the well known and respected residents of Amboy. He had but limited educational opportunities in early life, attending school only until eight years of age, but has become a well informed man through reading, experience and observation. On leaving the Amboy school he began assisting his father in the operation of the home place, thus early becoming familiar with the work of the fields. It was in 1908 that he rented the farm which he now operates and which comprises one hundred and sixty acres on section 10, Amboy township. The land is rich and productive and the well tilled fields annually yield golden harvests as a reward for the care and labor which he bestows upon them. In addition to the cultivation of cereals he also devotes considerable attention to live-stock interests, keeping about sixteen horses, twenty-eight cattle and thirty-five hogs.

In Amboy, on the 23d of October, 1912, Mr. Atkinson was united in marriage to Miss Lena Herzfeldt, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Herzfeldt. The father makes his home in Chicago, but the mother has passed away. Our subject purchased his home, which is a pleasing and substantial residence. In politics Mr. Atkinson is a stanch republican, while his religious faith is that of the United Brethren church. He has always resided within the borders of Lee county and enjoys an enviable reputation as one of its representative young agriculturists and progressive citizens.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.

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