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J.L. Atkinson

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 486

J. L. ATKINSON, who may be termed the leading business man of Plattsville, O., as he owns and conducts the only general store in the place, also owns a valuable farm of eighty-five acres, which lies in Green township, Shelby county, O. He was born in Green township, one mile east of this village, February 28, 1864, and is a son of Ralph and Martha (Johnson) Atkinson.
Ralph Atkinson and wife were born in Pennsylvania and after their marriage came to Shelby county and became farming people in Green township and there spent the rest of their lives, both dying near the age of sixty-eight years. They had eight children born to them: K. T., residing at Piqua; Samuel, of Bellefontaine; Mrs. Ella Zinks, of Darke county; Mrs. T. K. Minnear, of Plattsville; Mrs. Mary L. Simes, of St. Mary's; Harvey, living in Miami county; J. L.; and Mrs. Hannah Rolfe, residing in Green township.
After his school days J. L. Atkinson worked on the home farm for some years and then went to Champaign county for a time but was later returned to Green township and operated his farm there until 1908, when he purchased his store at Plattsville from P. L. Frazier. He carries a large stock of assorted merchandise, including hardware, and enjoys a large trade, his customers coming from quite distant points on account of the excellent quality of his goods and his honest methods of dealing. Mr. Atkinson is just the kind of man a community needs to assist in its development, being energetic, progressive and far-sighted.
Mr. Atkinson was married first to Miss Retta Woolley, who died in Green township, leaving two children: Ralph and Mrs. Ona Hand. Mr. Atkinson's second marriage was to Miss Lizzie Scoby and they have one daughter, Anna. In politics Mr. Atkinson is a democrat and he is serving in his first term as township trustee. He's identified with the lodge of Odd Fellows at Plattsville, and he and family attend the Universalist church.

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