Cornelius L. Aten
Biography

From: "Biographical  Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois 1892, by Biographical Review Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois; page 438-439; a reprinted by Stevens Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
  Cornelius L. Aten, proprietor of Browning Roller Mills, was born in Astoria, Fulton County, July 28th, 1845, his parents being Richard and Ann (Peterson) Aten, both natives of Hancock county, West Virginia.  He was raised on a farm and continued there until 1888, when he purchased an interest with Mr. Nagel in the Browning Roller Mills.  Recently Mr. Nagel has withdrawn and Mr. Aten has become the sole owner of the mills, which are very valuable, being estimated at several thousand dollars.  These mills have a capacity of seventy-five barrels, and Mr. Aten does an exchange business, dealing in grains of all kinds, for which he pays the highest market price.  The products of these mills have such an excellent reputation that it keeps Mr. Aten very busy to fill his orders for flour, meal and feed.  In addition to the mill property in Browning, Mr. Aten owns a farm of 140 acres in Astoria, and also at Summum, Fulton county, he owns the Home Roller Mills.
  Mr. Aten is a Republican in politics, has been a Class-leader and Sunday-school Superintedent {Superintendent} for many years, and the whole family take an active interest in the Methodist Episcopal Church and Sunday-school work.
  He married in Fulton county, November 19, 1868, to Susan M. Bryan, of that county.  They have nine children, all living: Henry W., Mary Edith, Alta Emeline, Carrie Samilda, Thomas Richard, Sabina Mabel, Jeanette Ann, Chester Arthur and Walter Wayne.  Mary E. is a teacher in the public school and all have enjoyed excellent advantages in the public schools.



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