|Birth: ||Feb. 7, 1846|
|Death: ||Jul. 22, 1931|
Obit from Sterling Gaxette 24 July and 27 July 1931
G.A.R. VETERAN PASSES AWAY AT HOME IN QUINCY
Comrade Atkins, Pioneer of Rock Falls, Dies At Age Of 85 Years
Comrade R. L. Atkins, aged 85 years, a pioneer resident of Rock Falls, passed away at 7 o'clock Wednesday Evening at the Illinois Soldiers' and Sailors' Home in Quincy where he had made his home for some time. During the periods of excessive heat this summer the old veteran commenced to fail in health and was in a weakened condition when death came.
Arrangements for te funeral are not completed, S. E. Wheelock of Rock Falls will meet the body at Galesburg Saturday and bring it to the Wheelock undertaking parlor in Rock Falls. A daughter, Mrs. Henry (Minerva) Miaka of Chadron, Neb., and a granddaughter, Mrs. William Fulton of Bloomington, are accompaning the body.
Mr Atkins was born February 7, 1846 in Rock Falls about where the Johnston Lumber Co. now stands. At the age of 20 years he entered the employ of A. F. Bachlor, manufacturer of corn planters and followed that trade for 18 years. Later Mr. Atkins became the Assessor of Coloma Township and served in that capacity about eight years. He was a member of the Will Enderton G.A.R. post in Rock Falls. Aside from several years spent in Nebraska Mr. Atkins resided all his life in Rock Falls. In his early life he was active in community affairs and a prominent citizen.
The aged veteran's wife, Mrs. Mary Lyle (Tate) Atkins preceded him in death April 03, 1930. They were married 23 Aug, 1869. Two children, Lyle Atkins and Jean Atkins, died a number of years ago. One daughter, Mrs. Henry (Minerva) Miaka of Chadron, Neb. survives, besides his daughter-in-law Mrs. Sarah Atkins of Rock Falls, and other relatives.
NOTE Lyle Atkins died 03 Jan 1902 in Milwaukee, Wis.
No record of Jean Atkins death.
Further on burial:
COMRADE ATKINS BURIED SUNDAY
Funeral Rites Held In Rock Falls Congregational Church
Many old friends and neighbors of Comrade Atkins attended his funeral rites held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon in the Rock Falls Congregational Church. Rev. J. F. Corpe officiated and preached the funeral sermon. Two hymns, "Nearer My God to Thee" and Abide With Me", were beautifully sung by Mrs. J. F. Corpe and A. A. Woodyatt. Mrs. Winifred Cary was at the organ.
Three old comrades, H. E. Shiffer, H. L. Brewer, and N. G. Van Sant were at the church. Boquets of lovely flowers and the American flag covered the casket. The pall bearers were: William McNeil, George Bassett, Harry Bassett, George Hirth, Francis Tehan and Clarence Hinds. Internment was in the family lot in the Rock Falls cemetery.
A number of relatives came from out of town: his brother, Charles Atkins of Ann Arbor, Mich.; his daughter, Mrs. H. F. Maika of Chadron, Neb.; his granddaughter, Dr. and Mrs. G. Dovey and sons of Oak Park; and his grandson, Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Atkins and family of Roseville, Ill.
Robert serverd in Co A 34th Ill Inf in the Civil War. This is on his stone
. He enlisted 10 Feb 1864 in Dixon,Lee, IL. He mustered out 12 Jul 1865 at Louisville, KY. Some battles he fought in were Shilo, Kennesaw Mountain, Atlanta, GA and many others.
His parents were Robert and Minerva (Daniels) Atkins.
Mary Lyle Tate Atkins (1846 - 1930)
Note: Union Pvt Co A 34th IL Inf - Civil War
Coloma Township Cemetery
Plot: Sec 9 Lot 7 Grave 7
Created by: sandy
Record added: Oct 02, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 98184027
Added: Oct. 2, 2012