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Charles N. Atkinson
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Birth: Nov. 16, 1855
Wayne County
Iowa, USA
Death: Jun. 23, 1929
Kansas City
Jackson County
Missouri, USA

The son of John W. Atkinson and Mary Ellen Robinson, Charles first appeared on record in 1860 with the given name "Columbus," which he later changed to Charles. The 1910 census listed him as a bank president in Portland, Oregon, and several news articles before and after that identify him as the incorporator of several railroad ventures.

Charles' death certificate seems to indicate that his middle name was Newlin, though it was more likely Newton, after his grandfather James Newton Atkisson. Charles' father John adopted the more common spelling of Atkinson, which passed on to his descendants.

From the "Biographical History of La Crosse, Trempelean, and Buffalo Counties, Wisconsin" by The Lewis Publishing Company, 1892:

"CHARLES N. ATKINSON, assistant to the superintendent of the Southern Minnesota division of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul railroad, was born in Corydon, Iowa, November 16, 1855, a son of John W. and Mary E. (Robinson) Atkinson. The father was engaged in the retail dry-goods trade at Corydon from 1854 to 1861, when he enlisted in the Fourth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and served with that regiment until it was mustered out May 3, 1865; he participated in all the battles of his regiment, and made all the long, weary marches that were a necessity in the conflict. When the war was ended, and he returned to the occupations of peaceful citizens, he re-embarked in the dry-goods business at Corydon, adding a wholesale department, and conducting both until the time of his death, which occurred June 2, 18--; the mother is still living, in Beatrice, Nebraska, aged fifty-seven years. Charles N. received his education in the public schools of his native town and at the Baptist University of Burlington, Iowa.

In 1872 he entered the service of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, and was in the employ of that company for seven years; at the end of that time he accepted a position in a bank at St. Joseph, Missouri, where he remained two years; he then returned to the railroad business, taking a position with the Indiana, Burlington & Wabash, at Indianapolis, Indiana. In March, 1891, was sent to La Crosse, as assistant to the superintendent of the Southern Minnesota division of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad. He has made an excellent record as a railroad man, having received steady promotion since the beginning of his service to the company.

Mr. Atkinson was married October 2, 1883, to Miss Carrie Cowen, a daughter of John G. Cowen, of Newport, Holt county, Missouri, a capitalist of that place.

While a resident of Indianapolis, Mr. Atkinson became a member of the Light Infantry in 1885, and was actively interested in the work of that organization. He is now an honorary member of the Gateway City Guards, of La Crosse, organized July 6, 1889: O.N. Holway, Captain; J.J. Esch, First Lieutenant; D.S. McArthur, Second Lieutenant. March 23, 1891, the following officers were elected: J.J. Esch, Captain; Burt C. Smith, First Lieutenant; J.P. Salzer, Second Lieutenant. The company has fifty-six members, and is well equipped with arms and uniform. Mr. Atkinson is also a member of the Knights of Pythias."
Family links: 
  John W. Atkinson (1835 - 1888)
  Mary Ellen Robinson Atkinson (1835 - 1911)
  Caroline Cowan Atkinson
  John B. Atkinson*
  Charles N. Atkinson (1855 - 1929)
  George Buell Atkinson (1859 - 1940)*
  Olive Myrtle Atkinson Steele (1866 - 1961)*
  Mary Belle Atkinson Allen (1871 - 1954)*
*Calculated relationship
Forest Hill Cemetery
Kansas City
Jackson County
Missouri, USA
Created by: Eric Atkisson
Record added: Aug 16, 2011
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Charles N. Atkinson
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