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Livingston, Atkinson, and Clink

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The law firm of Livingston, Atkinson, and Clink and its three lawyers dominated much of the legal and political scene in Battleford, Saskatchewan in the first quarter of this century. The firm was well established by William W. Livingston by 1907. He was president of the Law Society of Saskatchewan, was active as a local Liberal Party organizer in the 1920s, and was the defeated Liberal candidate for North Battleford in the 1921 federal election. He was appointed agent to the Department of the Interior in the early 1920s. His former law student, Frederick G. Atkinson, became his partner in 1913. Atkinson came from Peel County, Ontario and was Principal of the Public Schools in Battleford from 1901 to 1907. He was the local Registrar and Clerk of the Court from 1909 to 1913, a member of the town council, chairman of the Public School Board, and mayor from 1920 to 1931. He was appointed agent of the Attorney General for several years beginning in 1919. Walter Livingston Clink, 1894-1955, born in Hobbema, Alberta, joined the firm in 1920. He worked at the Battleford Land Titles office, served in the Canadian forces in First World War, and then resumed his law studies. Most of the law firm's business catered to the interests of the local farm community. Clients included Western Canada Farm Lands Company, Battle River Ranching and Farming Company Limited, Farmers Club Elevator Company, Town of Battleford and the Gardner Presbyterian Church.

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