Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record - Published 1894 by Excelsior Publishing Co., Chicago" Page 600
Holcey C. Akin is one of the rising young business men of Sheboygan, where he has carried on the furniture and
undertaking business for five years. He is a native of this county, and is a representative of one of the pioneer
families. His parents, Edson and Adaline (Acker) Akin, were natives of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and among the early
settlers came to Sheboygan County when the Indians were numerous, their trails serving the white men as roads from
one point to another. Mr. Akin, Sr., took up Government land, improved it, and became a well-to-do farmer of the
town of Lyndon. His death occurred in 1879. His wife, who still survives, makes her home in Ripon, Wis. They
reared a family of four children. Josephine married H. O. Rogers, of Santa Maria, Cal.; Solie, is the wife of
Lemuel Bowers, of Ripon, Wis.; Hollis N. and Holcey are twins.
The gentleman whose name was last mentioned was born in Lyndon Township, March 15, 1865. On his father's farm he
grew to manhood, dividing his time between working on the farm and attending the district schools. His education
was completed in the High School of Plymouth, to which city the family removed after the death of the father. After
leaving school he was engaged as cheese-maker for some time; then for six years was in the employ of Dillingham &
Co., manufacturers of Glenbeulah, the last two years serving in the capacity of shipping clerk. Upon the removal of
that manufacturing industry to Sheboygan, Mr. Akin accompanied it, but in 1888 he commenced dealing at the place
where he now does business, No. 1119 Michigan Avenue. He owns a splendid two-story brick-veneered business house,
25x85 feet, well filled with tastily selected furniture and undertakers’ goods. To better prepare himself for his
business, he took a course in the Oriental School of Embalming, of Boston, Mass., graduating in October, 1888.
The marriage rite for Mr. Akin and Miss Emily Kroos was performed in the Chair City, October 20, 1886. The bride is
a native of that place, and is a daughter of William Kroos, an honored pioneer of Sheboygan County, whose sketch is
given on another page. In politics, Mr. Akin is a Republican, as was also his father. He devotes himself
exclusively to his business interests, and his only diversion is found with dog and gun during the hunting season.
He is a good marksman, and consequently takes great delight in that kind of sport.
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