Biography of Clarence A. Allis
North Central Ohio Biographies

Clarence L. Allis, retired, is one of the outstanding citizens of Wooster, where he is identified with the Wooster Electric Company as director. Until his retirement in 1927 Mr. Allis was secretary and treasurer of the company. He was born at Valparaiso, Chile, Nov. 29, 1883, the son of John Mather and Laura (Livingston) Allis.

John Mather Allis was born in Danville, Quebec, Canada, in 1839. He was a graduate of Princeton University, class of 1861, and spent two years in Union Theological Seminary and received the degree of Doctor of Divinity from Princeton University in 1890. He served as pastor at Lansing, Mich., San Francisco, Calif., and Lafayette, Ind., later being in charge of missionary work in South America as president of the Board of Foreign Missions of Chile. He died in Chile in 1899. His wife died in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1924, at the age of 79 years. To Mr. and Mrs. Allis were born two children: Clarence L., the subject of this sketch; and Elenita Mather, married A. F. Jackson, lives at Swarthmore, Pa. By a former marriage, Mr. Allis had a daughter, Nora, who died in 1928. She was the wife of Rev. W. L. Schmalhorst, of Cincinnati, Ohio.

At the age of 14 years Clarence L. Allis came to Wooster with his mother. He later attended Wooster University, and was subsequently a student at Leland Stanford University and Columbia University. He spent several years in South America, where he engaged in the export and import trade. He returned to the United States in 1909, but still maintained his business interests in South America. Since 1910 Mr. Allis has been identified with the Wooster Electric Company and served as its secretary and treasurer until his retirement in 1927.

Mr. Allis was married (first) in 1911 to Miss Miriam B. Hard, of Wooster, who died in 1912, leaving a son, Clarence Livingston Allis, Jr. He was born in December, 1912, and attends Kenyon College. He is a graduate of Western Reserve Academy at Hudson, Ohio. Mr. Allis married (second) Miss Lenore Bernice Hattery, of Celina, Ohio, who died in 1919. To this union were born two children: John Mather, born in 1916, attends Western Reserve Academy; and Lenora B., born in 1919. Mr. Allis was married (third) in 1920 to Miss Marguerite Bange, of Mansfield, the daughter of George Riley and Margaret (Kennedy) Bange. He is now deceased and is buried in Hanover, Pa. Mrs. Bange now lives in Mansfield, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Allis have a son, William Osgood, born in 1924.

Mr. Allis is a member of the Episcopal Church and belongs to the Masonic Lodge, 32nd degree. He also holds membership in the Rotary Club, Wooster Country Club, and Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He was made a Mason in Hueleu Lodge, Sanitago, Chile, and is now a member of Ebenezer Lodge, F. & A. M., Wooster; Wooster Chapter, R. A. M.; Wooster Council; Wooster Commandery, K. T.; Lake Erie Consistory, 32nd degree, of Cleveland; and Al Koran Shrine.

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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