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 John F Atkinson

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John F Atkinson

  • Birth 6 Jan 1856
  • Death 29 Mar 1903
  • Burial Green Bay, Brown County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Plot BK 1
  • Memorial ID 81469892

From "The History of Brown County" by Deborah Beaumont Martin:

It is meet that mention should be made of John Atkinson in connection with the business development of Green Bay, for through a long period he was an active factor in the Metropolitan Lumber Company and while thus engaged in commercial pursuits made for himself a most creditable name and position among the progressive and representative business men of Brown county. He was born in the vicinity of Sligo, Ireland, in 1857, and was, therefore, about five years of age when he came with his parents to the United States in 1862. He was a son of Stephen and Eleanor (Finnegan) Atkinson, also natives of the Emerald isle, whence they came to America, establishing their home in Brown county. The work of development and improvement was being carried steadily forward here and the Atkinson family became factors in further progress. John Atkinson pursued his education in the Fort Howard school and when the period of his youth was passed joined his brother Henry and other members of the family in the conduct of a lumber business under the name of the Metropolitan Lumber Company, at Atkinson, Michigan. They operated quite extensively in that line, their ramifying trade interests covering a wide area, while the extent of their sales brought them a gratifying annual income.

John Atkinson also became a very extensive landowner of this section, having fourteen hundred acres in this part of the state. He recognized the fact that real estate is the safest of all investments and as opportunity offered he added to his holdings until his aggregate possessions made him one of the largest landowners of the district. A few years prior to his death he retired from active connection with the lumber business, spending his time upon the old homestead farm now included within the city limits of Green Bay.

Mr. Atkinson was married in Iron Mountain, Michigan, to Miss Hannah Brown, and they became the parents of three children, Mary Lucile, Margaret and Henry Stephen, who are with their mother in Green Bay and attend the Catholic schools. In 1904 Mrs. Atkinson with her children moved to their modern and handsome home at 927 south Monroe avenue, where she now resides in what was formerly the Simon J. Murphy home.

Mr. Atkinson passed away March 29, 1903, when a comparatively young man, and his death was the occasion of deep and widespread regret. He was a member of the Catholic church and contributed generously to its support. In every relation of life his record measured up to the high standards of manhood and citizenship, for he was progressive, enterprising and reliable in business, public-spirited in his support of measures relative to the general welfare and loyal and true to the ties of home and friendship.


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  • Created by: Daniel Allen
  • Added: 3 Dec 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 81469892
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John F Atkinson (6 Jan 1856–29 Mar 1903), Find A Grave Memorial no. 81469892, citing Fort Howard Memorial Park, Green Bay, Brown County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Daniel Allen (contributor 47353628) .