Allen E. Frost, owner and publisher of the Benton County Courier, issued at Corvallis, was born in Athens county,
Ohio, October 27, 1872, a son of David G. and Ruth A. (Stout) Frost, also natives of Ohio. The father followed
farming and carpentering in the Buckeye state. In 1891 he came west to Oregon, taking up his abode in Oregon City,
where he continued to follow his trade throughout his remaining years. He was an honored veteran of the Civil war,
enlisting as a member of Company B, One Hundred and Sixteenth Ohio Infantry, with which he served for three years,
participating in many hard fought battles and enduring hardships and privations in order that the Union might be
preserved. He passed away in 1902 at the age of seventy two years, and the mother's demise occurred in 1905, when
she had also attained the age of seventy two.
Allen E. Frost attended school in Ohio and Kansas, his parents having resided for two years in the Sunflower state.
On completing his studies he began learning the printer's trade, finishing his apprenticeship at Oregon City, Oregon,
whither he had removed with his parents in 1891. He followed his trade in the employ of others until 1911, when
he started in business on his own account, purchasing an interest in a paper at Oregon City, with which he was
connected until the 15th of March, 1915, when he disposed of his interest in that publication and removed to Corvallis,
purchasing the Benton County Republican. This he is now conducting under the name of the Benton County Courier
and has greatly improved the plant, installing two linotype machines and all the latest presses, his equipment
being modem in every particular. He has made the Courier a readable and attractive journal, devoted to the welfare
of the district. Its news is always accurate and reliable and it has therefore become popular with the general
public, having an extensive circulation.
On the 5th of June, 1901, Mr. Frost was united in marriage to Miss Alice G. Andrews, and they have become the parents
of two children, namely: Melville Eugene, who was born February 24, 1903; and Dorothy Loretta, born September 9,
In his political views Mr. Frost is a democrat, and fraternally he is identified with the Woodmen of the World,
while Mrs. Frost belongs to the Women of Woodcraft. In religious faith he is a Presbyterian and he is much interested
in the work of the church, serving as one of its elders. He is publishing the Courier in accordance with the most
progressive ideas of modern journalism, and in his editorial capacity he is contributing in substantial measure
to the development of the district in which he is located, standing at all times for improvement in everything
relating to the upbuilding and advancement of the county along intellectual, political, material and moral lines.
He is accounted one of the progressive men of his community and is highly esteemed by all who know him.
History of Oregon Illistrated
BY: Charles H. Carney
The Pioneer Historical Publishing Company
Chicago - Portland 1922
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