Husband of Susan Dalziel. Son of Thomas Aitken and Margaret Ann Gillies
THE CHARITON HERALD-PATRIOT
Thursday, May 13, 1937
Thomas Aitken, well known Chariton citizen, died at his home in this city on Thursday, May 6, 1937, at the age of 78 years and 9 months, after an extended illness.
Funeral services, conducted by his pastor, the Rev. Frederick Nichol, were held at the First Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon at two o'clock, and burial was in the Oakview cemetery in at Albia.
Thomas Aitkens, son of Thomas and Ann Aitkens, was born at Summerside Main, Scotland, on August 6, 1858. He was united in marriage to Susan Dalziel on June 22, 1880, and to this union six children were born.
In 1880, the same year as his marriage, he and his wife came to the United States and located at What Cheer, Iowa, where he followed the occupation of coal mining. Fifteen years ago the family came to Chariton where the remainder of Mr. Aitken's life was spent.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian church of Chariton, and for many years had led a faithful Christian life. He was a splendid citizen in every sense of the word, honorable and upright in all his dealings. He was a devoted husband and father, a good neighbor and a true friend.
He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, three daughters and three sons, Mrs. R. W. Bedford, Knoxville; Mrs. W. W. Bell, Chariton; Mrs. A. E. Lewis, Albia; Thomas Aitken Jr., Knoxville; William Aitken, Chariton; Elmer Aitken, Albia. Two brothers and four sisters are also living. They are James Aitken, Unionville; Peter Aitken, Mystic; Mrs. Nellie Crider and Mrs. Tean Dryden, Unionville; Mrs. Jessie Allen, Cincinnati, Iowa; Mrs. Susan Dryden, Hillsboro, Illinois. There are also five grandchildren and one great grandchild.
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