Biography of Albert L. Allen
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Albert L. Allen. One of the popular young professional men of Richland County, who is serving as county Surveyor, is Albert L. Allen, a veteran of the World War. He was born at Copenhagen, N. Y., Aug. 10, 1892, the son of John E. and Lydia V. (Young) Allen.

John E. Allen was born at Copenhagen, N. Y. He enlisted at Fort Riley, Kan., in 1878 and fought during the Indian Wars, and was later promoted to the rank of second lieutenant, but was discharged on account of physical disability and received a compensation from the government. He served as mayor of Copenhagen, N. Y., and as president of the school board. He was extensively interested in the real estate business there and was a prominent citizen. Mr. Allen was a Republican, a member of the Congregational Church, and Masonic Lodge. He died in 1927 and is buried at Copenhagen. His widow still resides there. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Allen were: Lloyd, district manager, A. T. & T. Company, Watertown, N. Y.; and Albert L., the subject of this sketch.

The education of Albert L. Alien was received in the public schools of Copenhagen and Watertown, N. Y., and following his gmduation from high school in 1911 he taught school at Williams Corners, N. Y., for two years. In 1913 he entered Ohio Northern University, from which he received the degree of Civil Engineer in 1916. During his senior year he served as captain in the cadet battalion at the University. in 1915 he enlisted in the Second Ohio National Guard, being one of the organizers of this outfit, and was commissioned first sergeant. In June, 1916, he was promoted to second lieutenant and served on the Mexican border, being mustered out of the Federal service at Fort Sheridan, Ill., in April, 1917. He then went to Youngstown, Ohio, as assistant engineer in the construction department of the Carnegie Steel Company. However, on July 15, 1917, he was recalled into the military service and sent to Ada, Ohio, in charge of recruiting service, where he served with the rank of first lieutenant. He was sent to Montgomery, Ala., Sept. 1st, with his regiment and transferred to Company M, 146th Infantry. He received the commission of captain of that company June 8, 1918, and was sent to France, where he saw active service. He participated in the following engagements: Baccarat Sector, Meuse-Argonne, Paynes Sector, Ypres-Lyse, and Lyse-Escout. Captain Allen was discharged at Camp Sherman, Ohio, April 13, 1919, and returned with his company to Mansfield. He served as assistant city engineer for three years, and in November, 1922, was elected surveyor of Richland County. He was reelected to this office in 1924 for a three year term, and again reelected for a four year period in 1928.

In 1917 Mr. Allen married Miss Beulah Belle Summerford, the daughter of Margaret D. Summerford, of Las Cruces, N. M. They have a son, Albert L., Jr., born in February, 1920.

Mr. Allen belongs to Frank H. Marquis Lodge, No. 609, Free and Accepted Masons; Ada Chapter, R. A. M.; Toledo Consistory, 32nd degree Sigma Phi Epsilon, Beta Sigma Psi, and Theta Nu Epsilon fraternities; Earl D. McVey Post, No. 16, American Legion; 146th Regiment Association; 37th Division Association; Amima Club, and is president of the Optimist Club of Mansfield. He is identified with the Northwest Association of County Surveyors, Ohio State Engineering Society, and American Road Builders Association.

Mr. Allen is a Republican and a member of the Presbyterian Church.

From:
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931


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