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The Marin Journal
Thursday, January 2, 1908
Death Summons Rev. Atkinson
Rev. William H. Atkinson, for ten years pastor of the congregational church at San Rafael, passed away Saturday morning at Soquel, Santa Cruz county, on the coast a few miles east of Santa Cruz, where he went some months ago for his health. He has a place at Capitola, but no having finished his home there, he went to Soquel, to be near his daughter who is teaching school there.
Rev. Atkinson was not only a good citizen, but he was an upright man and a good Christian. A plain, humble, devout teacher of the religion of Jesus of Nazareth, he made friends for himself and converts for the church.
To know him was to be his friend, for he had that gentleness and goodness about him that endeared him to all who came in contact with him.
Before coming to San Rafael, he was for nine years missionary in far-off India, where he did good work for the cause of Christianity.
Mr. Atkinson was 73 years of age and leaves a widow and four children, as follows: Dr. H. Herbert Atkinson, physician and missionary at Harpool, Turkey, who was married at San Rafael, July 7, 1901, to Miss Tacy A. Wilkinson . A brother, Rev. George Atkinson, now pastor of the church at Campbell, Santa Clara county was married at the same time, the event being know as “the twin” wedding. Another son, Dr. Archibald Atkinson, is physician and surgeon for the Southern Pacific Railroad, we believe, but don’t know where his headquarters are. The daughter, Miss Minnie Atkinson, is a teacher in the public school at Soquel, having formerly taught at Tiburon, and is well known in this vicinity.
To the sorrowing relatives the Journal offers its sympathy, yet the old veteran, who battled in all the years of his earth-life, has now “laid down to pleasant dreams,” and there is no real cause for mourning or regret. If life, physical life, lasted centuries, it would be a different matter.
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