Also see [ Railway Officials in America 1906
Edward Atkinson, pitt boss of Earl Shaft No. 1, of Streator, was born July 21, 1845, in Cumberland County, England.
He was reared in his native county, and there received a limited common school education. At the age of ten years
he began working in the mines near his birth-place, where he was employed till he was twenty-three years old. Jan.
2, 1863, he was married at Distington, England, to Miss Jane Pape, of that place. The same year, 1868, he immigrated
to America. landing at Castle Garden, N. Y. He came at once to Streator, La Salle County, and was employed as a
miner by the Vermillion Coal Company until 1870. He was then engaged as a miner in Shaft No. 1 until 1876, when
he was promoted to roadman, having charge of the men and drivers of the mine until 1880, since which time he has
had full charge of the shaft. He and his wife are members of the Independent church at Streator. Mr. and Mrs. Atkinson
have three children livingó Dora, Lee and Anna Burrow.
History of La Salle County, Illinois
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