Biography of Isaac A. Allen
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Allen, Isaac A., is of English descent, and was born in Westford, Otsego county, N. Y., April 27, 1843. Two years later his parents removed to New York where the family resided until the death of his father, William Allen, in 1850. Mrs. Allen, the mother, with her children then removed to Cherry Valley, N. Y. Mr. Allen received his education primarily in the ward schools of New York and later in the old Cherry Valley Academy, a noted institution of learning at that time In 1865 Mr. Allen in company with a brother, James W. Allen, came to Hoosick Falls, and became associated with the Walter A. Wood M. & R. M. Co. He was foreman of the painting and packing department for a period of seven years. Later he traveled in the interest of the company in Ohio, West Virginia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Pennsylvania until 1878 when he was recalled to take the position of yard foreman. In 1882 Mr. Allen became one of the firm of Parsons, Redmond & Allen, but withdrew from that firm in 1884; since that time he has been identified with the extra department of the Wood Co. In 1869 Mr. Allen was married to Mary Fay Hinsdill of Bennington, Vt, who was a sister of Mrs. J. Russell Parsons. The death of Mrs. Allen occurred in 1884. Two sons, Russell J. Allen and Harry Fay Allen, also a daughter, Caroline A. Allen, survive her. Mr. Allen has always been one of the most active members of St. Mark's Episcopal church. He became a communicant of Grace church, Cherry Valley, under Rev. Dr. Nicholls at the age of sixteen and was elected a vestryman of that parish before twenty years old. He has been a vestryman of St. Marks's parish for more than a quarter of a century, and for many years as at present the clerk of the vestry. He is also prominent in Masonic circles and well known throughout the State as an enthusiastic member of the order. He has served two terms as master of Van Rensselaer Lodge No. 400; also four terms as high priest of Raymond Chapter, No. 248, Royal Arch Masons, and is a member of and secretary of the Masonic Veteran Association of Hoosick Falls and vicinity. In 1885 Mr. Allen was appointed district deputy grand master, for the 12th Masonic Distiict, comprising the counties of Rensselaer, Albany, Schenectady and Columbia, the largest district in the State. This position was held by him during four successive terms. In politics Mr. Allen has always been a staunch, uncompromising Democrat. He was elected unanimously in 1879 to the office of village president and has been appointed to other positions of trust.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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