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Atchison, Claude C.

Claude C. Atchison, sheriff of Ingham county, is an exemplar of the co-ordination of Christianity and public service. He is likewise an example of patriotism, having relinquished all thought of self to enlist twice in the service of his country in periods of stress and need. Working his way up by a series of connections that meant hard work, tireless energy and small compensation, Mr. Atchison has attained a position of great responsibility, and a secure position in the minds and hearts of his townsmen. He is very popular, not from the mere standpoint of political measurement, but because of his intrinsic worth and the character of his public service. Claude C. Atchison was born in Lansing, at Kalamazoo and Chestnut streets, in 1890, the son of Thomas B. and Anna Atchison. The mother's maiden name was Anna Hawkins. The father came from New York state with his father. Thornton D. Atchison, and moved to Ann Arbor. Thomas B. was born in 1853 and was only eight years of age when he came to Michigan. At sixteen he married and his bride was but a girl of fifteen. Thornton D. Atchison returned to New York state, but Thomas remained in Michigan, became a blacksmith and shortly after his marriage came to Lansing to work at the Clark Carriage works. He became foreman of the plant and was well known as a master craftsman. His wife was born in 1854 in Vermont. Her father was a Methodist minister and was, with his two brothers, drowned in Lake Champlain. The daughter, then very young, came to Michigan to visit a sister and was married. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Atchison had four children: John, of Lansing; Hazel, wife of John T. Watkins, of Lansing; Roy, of Buffalo, who has charge of the distribution of Willys-Knight cars, and Claude C. The latter obtained an elementary schooling and sold newspapers to work his way through school, buying his own clothing and supplies. Thus was implanted in him early the seed that grows into honor, sobriety, faithfulness. He became receiving clerk for the Olds Gas Power works, then took a six months' course in stenography and bookkeeping at the Lansing Business university. For ten years he worked for the street car company and in 1916, with the outbreak of trouble in Mexico, Mr. Atchison took up arms and served ten months with Battery B of the field artillery. Coming back to Lansing, he was united in marriage to Lucille Butt, daughter of A. T. and Addie Butt. In 1917 with the advent of the United States into the World war, Mr. Atchison again dropped thought of self and enlisted in Company G, Forty-seventh infantry of the Fourth division and served fourteen months overseas. He fought in the Argonne, Belle Laque, Mt. Fauconn and was with the Army of Occupation until June, 1919. Mr. and Mrs. Atchison have one daughter, Geraldine Lucille. Mr. Atchison has served as sheriff of Ingham county two years, with great credit. He is a member of the Elks, of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, of the American Legion and Eagles and was secretary of the grotto in 1922. He was the progenitor and organizer of the labor charter of the street car men of Lansing. Faithful to the interests of labor and of employer but mostly concerned with the public welfare, Mr. Atchison has ingratiated himself into the hearts of the masses.



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