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Henry Melvin Atkinson
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Birth: Mar. 17, 1854
Death: Jan. 25, 1891

From the Stephen Atkinson sketch in "The History of Brown County" by Deborah Beaumont Martin:

Henry, the oldest son, who has passed away, was born in Ireland, March 17, 1854, and was about seven years of age when the family came to the United States. When but sixteen years of age he was sent by his father to Negaunee, Michigan, to handle cattle and merchandise which was sent to him by the latter. Although a youth only in his teens, he showed remarkable ability for his age and made a wonderful success from the start. Alert of mind, versatile, industrious and energetic, he soon became interested in various other important propositions, including railroad work. He then conceived the plans for the organization of the Metropolitan Lumber Company of Michigan, with mills at Metropolitan and Atkinson, Michigan, in which business other members of the family later became also interested. He became president and general manager of the lumber company and thereafter devoted his time exclusively to that trade, securing an extensive patronage for the undertaking and making it a very profitable venture. After his death the lumber business was taken in charge by his brother T. G. Atkinson until the end of its charter. Henry Atkinson married Margaret F. Brown, of Negaunee, Michigan, and remained an honored and valued factor in business and social circles of Green Bay up to the time of his death, which occurred while he was on a business trip to Chicago. Mr. Atkinson was generous to a fault, and was known for his great charity. At the time of his death the American Lumberman paid him the following tribute: "Few men at so early an age have attained to such wonderful success. Everything he ever undertook prospered, and if he had lived a few years longer he would have been one of the wealthiest lumbermen of the country." The widow later married W. S. King, of Memphis, Tennessee. 
Family links: 
  Stephen Atkinson (1818 - 1890)
  Eleanor Finnegan Atkinson (1829 - 1889)
  Margaret L Brown Atkinson King (____ - 1935)*
  Elizabeth Bridget Atkinson Gleeson (1848 - 1914)*
  Catherine Agnes Atkinson Hogan (1850 - 1903)*
  Henry Melvin Atkinson (1854 - 1891)
  Jennie Mathilda Atkinson Jones (1855 - 1926)*
  John F Atkinson (1856 - 1903)*
  Thomas George Atkinson (1860 - 1929)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Family records show birth year as 1849
Fort Howard Memorial Park
Green Bay
Brown County
Wisconsin, USA
Plot: BK 1
Created by: Daniel Allen
Record added: Dec 03, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81469492
Henry Melvin Atkinson
Added by: Daniel Allen
Henry Melvin Atkinson
Added by: Daniel Allen
Henry Melvin Atkinson
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