|Birth: ||Dec. 15, 1857|
|Death: ||Mar. 3, 1941|
ALANSON AUTEN: By a long and honorable agricultural career, a thoughtful interest in others and public-spirited efforts in behalf of his community, Alanson Auten, of Milan township, has made himself one of the best known and most popular citizens of his community. His life has been spent in agricultural pursuits, and his activities have resulted in the development of a handsome property, known as Lily Dale Farm, located two and one-half miles southwest of Azalia. Mr. Auten was born in Milan township, Monroe county, Michigan, December 15, 1857, and is a son of Thomas and Adeline (Piper) Auten, natives of New York. Thomas Auten came to Monroe county in young manhood, here developing a tract of eighty acres of land from the wilderness, and making a prosperous and well-cultivated farm. He died on this land at the age of seventy-eight years, while his wife is yet living, aged seventy-seven years, honored and esteemed by all who know them. They had two children: Edward, deceased, formerly a farmer of Dundee township, who left a widow and four children; and Alanson. Thomas Auten was a Republican in his political views, but never entered public life, his agricultural operations satisfying all of his ambitions.
Alanson Auten grew up much as other lads of his day and locality, his boyhood being divided between the district schools, which he attended during the winter terms, and the home farm where he was taught the principles of agriculture by his father during summer months. He remained under the parental roof until he was thirty-five years of age, at which time he was married and began farming on his own account, and in 1905 moved to his present property. He has been an industrious and persistent worker, and has labored with such good results that he is now the owner of one of the best farms of its size in Milan township, a forty-acre tract two and one-half miles southwest of Azalia, in which he has appropriately named Lily Dale Farm. He has devoted his land to general farming, and also raises some stock, and his undertakings have proven uniformly successful. Mr. Auten has made his land more valuable by the erection of substantial buildings, which include an eleven-room house, beautifully situated in the center of a nice lawn and well kept shade trees. The large bank barn is 32x44 feet in dimension, and in addition there is a well-built granary, corn crib and other buildings. Pastures, meadow land and grain fields all reflect the greatest credit upon Mr. Auten's ability and thrift, and the general air of prosperity that pervades the premises testifies to the fact that he is rated among the community's substantial and solid men.
In 1893 Mr. Auten was united in marriage with Miss Hattie Johnson, at Petersburg, Michigan. She was born, reared and educated at that place, and is a daughter of Dennis Johnson, who was first a cooper and later became a farmer by vocation. He died at the age of seventy-two years, his wife having passed away when forty-seven years of age, and they were the parents of three children: Duana; Mrs. Nellie Reynolds and Mrs. Hattie Auten. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Auten, namely: Leslie Lewis, born December 23 1895; Nellie Hazel, born August 4, 1900; and Maurice Elwin, born March 24, 1902. The children have had the benefits to be derived from excellent educational advantages, thus being fitted for any place which they may be called upon to fill in life. Mr. Auten is a Republican in his political views, but like his father has never cared for public office, preferring to give his entire time and attention to his agricultural operations. With his family he attends the Methodist Episcopal church, in the work of which he has been active. Personally, Mr. Auten is a man of frank and genial manner, and his hosts of friends in Milan township will readily testify to his popularity and to the high esteem in which he is universally held.
Bulkley, John McClelland. History of Monroe County Michigan, Volume II. Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1913. 711-712. Print.
Harriet E Johnson Auten (1870 - 1929)
Leslie Lewis Auten (1895 - 1973)*
Hazel Nellie Auten Mellott (1900 - 1920)*
Maurice Elwin Auten (1902 - 1956)*
Created by: Robert Brown
Record added: Feb 04, 2010
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