5 Mar 2005
Source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Whiteside County, IL
Originally published 1885
Reproduced on CD purchased from "Old Glory Accents"
Transcribed by: Denise McLoughlin
Tampico Area Historical Society
William Aitken, general farmer on section 10, Ustick Township, was born Aug. 12, 1851, in Scotland. He is the oldest child of Robert and Margaret (Duthie) Aitken, and had two sisters, - Isabella and Annie. Mr. Aitken came to the United States on reaching his majority, and after spending about six months in the State of New York, he came in 1873 to Whiteside County. His father’s family emigrated at the same time, and on their removal to Whiteside County, father and son bought 140 acres of land in partnership in Ustick Township. The latter is at present sole proprietor of 205 acres of land, in a good farming condition.
May 7, 1880, he was joined in marriage, at Morrison, with Eliza H. Cowie, and they have three children, - William, Maggie A. and Bessie. Mrs. Aitkin is a native of Scotland.
In political views and opinions, Mr. Aitken in independent. He has served as School Director.