Viewing Howard M. Atkins (1838-1893).
Eighteen-year-old Howard Atkins travelled from Maine to Mille Lacs County, Minnesota Territory, in 1856 to stake a claim. In late 1859 he went to Illinois to study law and teach school; his clerkship finished he moved to Princeton, Minnesota, and was admitted to the Minnesota bar in 1862. He practiced in Princeton and St. Cloud for fourteen years and then settled permanently in Elk River, the seat of Sherburne County. There he held the offices of County Auditor and Attorney. He died on September 5, 1893, aged fifty-five. At a banquet later that year, District Court Judge Dolson B. Searle recalled him: