Biography of C. A. Aikman
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C. A. Aikman, youngest of the Aikman brothers, had chosen to express his energies and inclinations in the lines of business rather than at the law. He is the only one of the brothers who are natives of Butler County, Kansas. He was born in Benton Township July 5, 1874. He had the advantage of the common schools during his youth, and also had a business course in the Wichita Commercial College.
He started life as a farmer, and while still living on his farm he engaged in the buying and shipping of field seed and grain in 1898. By 1903 this business had developed to such proportions that it required all his attention. At that time he bought the old Christian Church building on North Main Street in El Dorado, converted it into a warehouse, erecting a suitable office building in connection, and soon expanded his business to handle coal and other supplies. He had since developed one of the most successful concerns of the kind in Butler County. In 1910 he built a large elevator on the Missouri Pacific tracks at El Dorado.
On September 20, 1905, he married Miss Lucinda Green. Mrs. Aikman was born in Sumner County, Kansas, a daughter of D. M. Green, who came out of Kentucky and was a Kansas pioneer. He is now living retired at El Dorado. Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Aikman have two children: Conrad A., Jr., now ten years of age, and Daniel Robert John, aged five.
While always an active supporter of the republican party, C. A. Aikman had had little to do with practical politics. He is essentially a business man, and had conducted his business upon the high plane of performing an adequate service for all the remuneration of profits which he enjoys. His chief diversion from business had been the following of a pronounced literary bent. While only his closer friends are aware of the fact, he frequently writes verse for his own entertainment, and some of his short poems have the literary merit which would deserve for them a wider appreciation and reading.