Friday, January 22, 2016

Doc Allen story from the (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)

Osage Township - W.H. Allen, physician and surgeon, and a man eminent in his profession in this vicinity, was born in Frankfort, Kentucky, May 1, 1848, and is a son of R.N Allen, now a citizen of Bates County, Missouri. W.H. grew up and was educated in his native county, attending the Military Institute of which his father was professor for many years. He took a thorough course and was graduated with the degree of A.M. in 1869. During this time he had studied medicine with his cousin, Dr. R.D. Allen, who was superintendent of the Military Institute, and a prominent man in Kentucky. Dr. W.H. Allen was graduated from the medical department of the University of Louisville on February 28, 1871, and soon began his practice in Batesville, Carroll County, Missouri. This he continued in that locality till the spring of 1875, when he came to Bates County, Missouri, settling at Old Rich Hill, at which point he gave his attention to his chosen calling till the birth of this city in 1880. Then he built the finest dwelling in the town. He served as its mayor for the first eighteen months of its growth, having been appointed by the court. The Doctor is a member of the K. of P. and A.O.U.W. fraternities. He was married May 2, 1871, to Miss Ora Sims, who was born in Texas, July 3, 1851. Her father, Samuel Sims, was a native of Georgia. The family of the Doctor consists of four children: Laura S., William H., Eben G. and Samuel W. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)

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