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Aitken Brothers Birth Place

 
 
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Inscription. Birthplace site of Aitken Brothers Hollywood and New York motion picture pioneers (1905-1920).

Grandsons of Waukesha County Scottish Pioneer John Aitken, Harry E. (1878-1956) and Roy E. (1882-1976) produced the greatest of all silent pictures, “The Birth of a Nation” (1915) with D.W. Griffith directing.

Their film companies (Majestic, Reliance & others) produced over 2500 silent films including the Mack Sennett Keystone Comedies and Thomas Ince Westerns and launched the careers of Lillian & Dorothy Gish, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., Anita Loos, Gloria Swanson, Charlie Chaplin, William S. Hart and others.

Besides being film producers, the Aitkens raised world champion Holstein Cattle on this farm site.
 
Erected 1974 by Waukesha County Historical Society. (Marker Number 02-01.)
 
Location. 43° 2.169′ N, 88° 10.706′ W. Marker is in Waukesha, Wisconsin, in Waukesha County. Touch for map. Marker is located in front of the CarMax auto dealer. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2417 Bluemound Road, Waukesha WI 53186, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Caroline Quiner "Ma" Ingalls Birthplace (approx. 1.8 miles
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By Paul F, July 14, 2010
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away); Hobo Spring (was approx. 2.4 miles away but has been reported permanently removed. ); New Tribes Bible Institute (approx. 2.7 miles away); Silurian Spring (approx. 2.9 miles away); Courthouse Square (approx. 3 miles away); Moor Mud Baths Hotel (approx. 3 miles away); The Waukesha Freeman (approx. 3.1 miles away); Waukesha Civic Theatre (WCT) (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waukesha.
 
Also see . . .  Harry E. Aitken Biography - Waukesha County Online Genealogy. (Submitted on July 18, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,152 times since then and 86 times this year. Last updated on June 20, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 15, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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