Biography of Harry R. Allensworth
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





Harry Randall Allensworth. - A brilliant record of achievement and attainment is contained in the life story of Harry R. Allensworth, consulting engineer, who is a member of one of the oldest and most highly esteemed families of Columbus. He was born in this city, January 21, 1880, the son of William and Josephine Helen (Van Zandt) Allensworth.

William Allensworth, deceased, was a representative citizen of Franklin County. Hem was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, August 8, 1838, and spent his early life in that county. He enlisted for service in the Civil War, January 4, 1862, in Captain Weaver's Company G, Eighty eighth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, but was discharged with a surgeon's certificate of disability. He then followed his profession as a mechanical engineer, and operated a large woolen mil1 at Chillicothe, Ohio, in which was manufactured woolen shirts for the Union soldiers. He also built and operated steam power plants in different sections of the United States. He built numerous plants in the South after the war, which were used for cotton ginning. Mr. Allensworth retained his residence in Columbus from 1864 until his death, April 5, 1930. He was a staunch Democrat. Josephine Helen (Van Zandt) Allensworth was born in Columbus. She is also deceased and is buried in Greenlawn Cemetery, Columbus. Her father, Joseph Randall Van Zandt, was born and reared at Germantown, Pennsylvania. He married Caroline Freed, also of Germantown, and they removed to Columbus in 1845. He was a wood turner by trade and turned all the pins that were used in the building of the old covered bridge over the Scioto River on Broad Street. To Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Randall Van Zandt were born three children: Adeline, Marion P., and Josephine Helen.

To William and Josephine Helen (Van Zandt) Ailensworth were born four children: Walter Harvey, deceased; Adeline Rebecca, married William J. Larmour, lives at Maplewood, New Jersey; Harry Randall, the subject of this sketch; and Marion Eva, lives in Columbus.

Harry Randall Allensworth attended the public schools of Columbus and the old Central High School. He studied telegraphy when he was fourteen years of age and at fifteen years was employed as an operator by the Postal Telegraph Company. In 1899 he became foreman of a construction gang in Cleveland, in the employ of the Cuyahoga Telephone Company. He then served as superintendent of the Fire & Police Telegraph for the city of Columbus from September, 1902, until September, 1914, when he resigned in order to accept the office of valuation engineer for the Ohio State Telephone Company. He served in that capacity until September, 1917, and then went to Minneapolis, Minnesota, as valuation engineer for the Tri-State Telephone Company, in charge of the appraisal work for this company in Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin, and eastern North Dakota and South Dakota.

Mr. Allensworth has also been identified with the Ohio State Civil Service Commission as an expert examiner. During 1924-27 he was consulting engineer for the city of Columbus, in charge of fixing rates to be charged for natural gas. He served in 1927 as consulting engineer for the attorney general, state of Ohio, and in 1930 was appointed consulting engineer for the city of Cleveland and city of Columbus. He is also identified with numerous other cities and towns in this capacity.

On December 31, 1919, Mr. Allensworth was united in marriage with Miss Kathryn Beatrice Senter, of Columbus, the daughter of Fernando M. and Zue (Campbell) Senter, natives of Franklin County. Mr. Senter served as postmaster of Columbus under Grover Cleveland, and also as county recorder. He engaged in the abstract business for many years and now lives retired. He is also a Civil War veteran. Mr. and Mrs. Allensworth have no children.

Politically, Mr. Allensworth is a Republican. He holds membership in the Methodist Church, and belongs to Humboldt Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, Ohio Chapter R. A. M., Columbus Council, Mt. Vernon Commandery, K. T. No. 1, Scioto Consistory, Thirty second degree and Aladdin Temple and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He also is a member of the Rotary Club, Columbus Athletic Club and Chamber of Commerce and is president of The Columbus Symphony Orchestra Association. Mr. Allensworth is an active member of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, and Western Society of Engineers.

From:
History of Franklin County, Ohio
By:Opha Moore
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930


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