H. C. Atkinson, blacksmith, Gardner. Mr. Atkinson ranks among the leading blacksmiths of this county. He began learning his trade with H. Hart, of this village (Gardner), with whom he remained for two years. October 19, 1877, he opened a shop on his own resources, and is now making a specialty of horse-shoeing. It is only justice to say that but few are his equal in this branch of smithing. He is a son of R. Atkins a popular coal dealer of this village, who started his life in this country with only $15. The father is a native of Ireland, and came to America May 3, 1839.
Source: History of Grundy County, Illinois. Chicago: O.L. Baskin & Co. Historical Publishers, 1882, p. 82-83