Biography of John C. Alten
Chicago, Cook County, Il Biographies

ALTEN, JOHN C. - Born at Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 12, 1858. His parents were Alois and Elizabeth Alten, both of them German by nationality as well as descent. They came to America in 1829, locating at Cleveland, where young Alten received his education, attending the parochial schools and college. His father was engaged in the merchant tailoring business and after leaving school the son entered this establishment as a salesman. He, however, left Cleveland in 1878, going to Kansas, but later in 1881 he went still further west, locating at Denver, Col. He was appointed clerk of a court and soon after President Garfield's death received through the Secretary of the Interior, Henry M, Teller, a position as special agent of the general land office, In March, 1889, he came to Chicago and has made this his home ever since. Mr. Alten was one of the organizers of the Highland cemetery and was elected its first treasurer, which office he holds at present. He is a republican and a member of the A. O. U. W. He married Miss Rose A. Mullen, of Clay county, Kansas, and has two children, one boy, Harry, aged 10, and Edith, aged 7.


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The Handbook of Chicago Biography
Edited by John J Flinn.
The Standard Guide Company
Chicago 1893

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