Martha Alice Atkinson

17 August 1883–27 July 1948 (Age 64)
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa, United States

The Life of Martha Alice

When Martha Alice Atkinson was born on 17 August 1883, in Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa, United States, her father, Joseph Smith Atkinson, was 42 and her mother, Martha Hageman Piester, was 34. She married Walter Wingfield Mason on 16 February 1910, in Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Dodge Center, Dodge, Minnesota, United States for about 20 years. She died on 27 July 1948, in Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States, at the age of 64, and was buried in Green Lawn Cemetery, Brooking Township, Jackson, Missouri, United States.

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Family Time Line

Walter Wingfield Mason
Martha Alice Atkinson
Marriage: 16 February 1910
Shirley Ardell Mason
Willard Wayne Mason

Spouse and Children

16 February 1910
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa, United States


Parents and Siblings



    James Grant Atkinson



    Rupheno Atkinson



    Annie Atkinson


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World Events (8)

1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 1

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.

Age 3

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1901 · Assassination of Mckinley

Age 18

President William McKinley was shot at the Temple of Music, in the Pan-American Exposition, while shaking hands with the public. Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen because he thought it was his duty to do so. McKinley died after eight days of watch and care. He was the third American president to be assassinated. After his death, Congress passed legislation to officially make the Secret Service and gave them responsibility for protecting the President at all times.

Name Meaning

Northern English: patronymic from the personal name Atkin .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Story Highlight


Mother of Shirley Ardell Mason, the subject of the book Sybil, a 1973 book by Flora Rheta Schreiber.

Sources (3)

  • Martha A Mason in household of Walter W Mason, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Martha Mason in household of Walter Mason, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Martha Mason in household of Walter Mason, "United States Census, 1930"

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