Calvin B. Atkinson
This gentleman may very truly be called a self-made man,as will be seen
by the perusal of his history. He occupies a finely improved farm of
one hudnre and sixty acres on sections 13 and 14, Mt. Vernon Township,
and ranks among the highly respected citizens of Jefferson County by
reason of his intelligence, sterling character and reliable citizenship.
He is an enterprising farmer, prudently changing his crops in order to
keep up the fertility of the soil; he devotes the greater amount of his
land to grain, but does not neglect other articles of produce.
The first representative of the Atkinson family in this country came
from Ireland. Grandfather Edgar Arkinson was born in East Tennessee,
as were also James and Winnie (Bonner) Atkinson, our subject's parents.
Calvin B. was born in McMinn County, East Tennessee, in 1828, and was
there reared to manhood.
In December, 1847, he married Miss E. Adeline Massner.
Then years later he came to this county with his family and located
on the tract where he still makes his home. By hard work he placed
his farm under high cultivation, enclosed the land with neat fences and
erected good buildings. In the fall of 1865 he built his present large
and commodious residence, which adds greatly to the attractive appearance
of the place.
To Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Atkinson have been born six children. John M.
is residing in Mt. Vernon; James G. makes his home in Cottonwood Falls,
Kans.; Sarah is the wife of John W. Smith and resides near the old
homestead; Samuel R. is living in mt. Vernon Township; W. Mahala
(Mrs. G.L. Staley), makes her home in Webber Township, and Margaret,
who married Jacob Leibengood, is living in Mt. Vernon.
In politics Mr. Atkinson gives his allegiance to the Democratic party.
he has never sought office, but at the solicitation of his fellow
citizens he has at different times served as Supervisor and Assessor
of his township. He has also been greatly interested in free schools and
has done much toward raising the standard of scholarship in his community.
He has been a leader in religious circles and aided largely in the erection
of the Salem Church. With his family he is a member of the United Baptist
"Portrait and Biographical Record of Clinton,
Washington, Marion and Jefferson Counties, Illinois"
Published by Chapman Publishing Company of Chicago in 1894
Submitted by Sandy (Whalen) Bauer