Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Atkins, David C.

David C. Atkins


OCCUPATION: 40 to 45 years in the produce business in the area of Milton, IA

CHURCH_AFFILIATION: Member of the Methodist Church, Milton, IA

David C. Atkins, a pioneer Milton [IA] man, died at his home in the central part of town last Thursday afternoon, after suffering a long illness. Mr. Atkins was 72 years of age, and had spent his entire lifetime in Milton or vicinity. He was the father of Postmaster M.E. Atkins and Marvin Atkins, and of Mrs. Beryl Gilchrist, all of Milton. These with his aged widow survive him.

Mr. Atkins was born on a farm south of Milton in 1859. For forty or forty-five years he was in the produce business, with headquarters in Milton. He drove over a wide area of this part of the state, as a huckster to promote his produce establishment. About three years ago, he retired, due to failing health. He had never been in good health at any time since his retirement. His surviving helpmate was Miss Lillian Henthorn, whom he married forty-seven years ago. This highly respected couple had a host of friends in this section, who knew them for the hospitable home which they maintained, and to which a wide circle of friends were always welcome.

The funeral services were held at the Methodist church last Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. H. F. Gilbert, of Cantril. Rev. Gilbert was a former pastor of Mr. Atkins' the latter having been a member of the Methodist church in Milton since the pastorate of Rev. J. Wesley Potter, many years ago. Pallbears were six business men of Milton; A.R. Norman, C.E. Epperly, Warren Sherwood, J.A. Luman, O.E. Rowland and Frank Hoskins. Interment was at the Milton Sunnyside cemetery, with Burnetts in charge. (1931)
(Source: unknown - posted to Internet by Fran Hunt)

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