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William Melville Atkinson
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Birth: Aug. 26, 1868
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: Apr. 23, 1929
Hennepin County
Minnesota, USA

EXTRACTED FROM: History of Minneapolis, Gateway to the Northwest; Chicago-Minneapolis, The S J Clarke Publishing Co, 1923; Edited by: Rev. Marion Daniel Shutter, D.D., LL.D.; Volume I - Shutter (Historical); volume II - Biographical; volume III - Biographical

Vol II, pg 777

Among those whose activities are important factors in maintaining for Minneapolis its prestige as the Flour City is numbered William M. Atkinson, who has resided here for twenty-four years and is now president and treasurer of the Atkinson Milling Company. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, August 26, 1868, and his parents were Richard F. and Helen (Melville) Atkinson, the latter a native of Scotland. The father was of English parentage and in 1876 he removed from Chicago to Minneapolis, where he followed the blacksmith's trade and continued to make his home until his demise.

William M. Atkinson was but eight years old when his parents came to Minneapolis and his education was acquired in the public schools of this city. In 1882 he first became connected with the business which was to be his life work, entering the employ of the Washburn-Crosby Company. For thirty-two years he worked for that corporation and its subsidiary companies and during that period he gained an expert knowledge of the flour milling industry. In 1893 he organized the Royal Milling Company at Great Falls, Montana, and acted as manager of the concern until 1905, when he went to Louisville, Kentucky, where he represented the Washburn-Crosby Company in a similar capacity until 1913. He then laid aside business cares for a time, but in 1915 returned to Minneapolis, securing property adjacent to the tracks of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad Company, in the southern part of the city, on, which he erected his present mill. Mr. Atkinson is sole owner of the mill, which has a capacity of a thousand barrels of flour per day. He has the practical experience and executive force necessary for the successful management of this large industrial enterprise.

On the 8th of October, 1894, Mr. Atkinson was united in marriage to Miss Grace Marston of Minneapolis, and they have a large circle of friends in the city. He is fond of travel and has visited many points of interest in this country and in foreign lands. He is a member of the Minikahda Club, the Minneapolis Club and the Automobile Club. He is an enterprising business man whose integrity has never been open to question and his many sterling qualities have gained him a high place in the regard of those with whom he has been associated.
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  Richard F Atkinson (1840 - 1880)
  Helen A Melville Atkinson (1838 - 1891)
  Grace Marston Atkinson (1868 - 1955)
  Helen Atkinson (1902 - 1915)*
  Frederick Grant Atkinson (1864 - 1940)*
  William Melville Atkinson (1868 - 1929)
  Minnie Atkinson (1874 - 1923)*
  Richard F Atkinson (1877 - 1885)*
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Lakewood Cemetery
Hennepin County
Minnesota, USA
Created by: Mallory Smith
Record added: Jun 06, 2009
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William Melville Atkinson
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