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 Church.
"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