|Birth: ||Jan. 7, 1860|
|Death: ||Sep. 12, 1918|
A few brief lines in last issue of the Mercury apprised the public of the death of Postmaster M. R. Allen, which occurred just as the paper was about to go to press. It came as a distinct shock to all, for Mr. Allen was down in town the previous Monday at work, but feeling badly, had gone home and taken to his bed. His condition rapidly became alarming as he was known to be suffering from acute Bright's disease, and although everything possible was done for him, it was to no avail, and at 1 o'clock Thursday his spirit passed unto the Creator. The funeral took place [at Weimar Masonic Cemetery] Friday afternoon at 4:20 and was under the auspices of the Masonic order, of which the decedent has long been a worthy, useful member. Services were led at the residence by Rev. Isaac Sellers, a life long friend of the family, assisted by others. The Knights Templar of Columbus, of which deceased was a member, also participated in the funeral. There was a large attendance of sympathizing friends present from all over the county. Mr. Allen was also a member of the Masonic Chapter, the Eastern Star and of the Woodsmen of the World. At the conclusion of the funeral services at the grave which was conducted by the Oakland Masonic lodge, assisted by Masons from Weimar, the grave was completely hidden from view by the profusion of beautiful floral emblems sent in by loving friends of the family.
From a biographical history of Texas and Texans we glean the following data regarding the earlier life of our good friend, neighbor and brother Mason:
Monroe R. Allen was born in the Shimek community, Jan 7, 1860, just two years after his parents settled there. His parents were Georgians, and a generation before that his ancestors came to this country from Scotland. The Allen family came to Texas from Georgia in 1858, by ship to Indianola, thence by ox teams and wagons to Colorado county. Monroe Allen attained his early education in the country schools near Shimek and later in life took up farming, which he followed to a great extent up to the time of his death. He did much to bring land under cultivation, and introduced may practical and successful methods of farming thoughout this section. He was a great lover of agricultural pursuits, studied same from a practical standpoint, and his advice along such lines was always listened to with respect and confidence. Politically Mr. Allen was a Democrat, and up to a few years ago took active part in many of the battles of his party in this county. In 1915, he was appointed postmaster at Weimar and served most capably and acceptably in this capacity up to the time of his death.
November 7, 1896, Mr. Allen was married to Miss Molly McMurray, and the widow, and two children, Miss Annie Lee and Master Charles survive him. two sisters, Mrs. Albert Grobe of Shimek and Mrs. Minnie Allen Barnette of Wickenburg, Arizona, and one brother Edmon, residing in California, also survive.
Mr. Allen was a quiet, unostentatious man, a man who loved to do good deed, but said little about them himself and did not want others to mention same. His charities were many, but never paraded before the public. He was honest, upright, a man of character and standing wherever known, a devoted family man, as true a friend and neighbor as any one could wish for, thoughtful always of those about him, ever ready to help the widow and orphan and with a great heart in him that was always touched by the sorrows and sufferings of others. As a Mason he was devoted in the cause, a faithful attendant at meetings whenever possible, and will be sadly missed by all. No man ever had a better truer friend than Monroe Allen, and in his death our community, county and people have lost one of their best, truest and most valued citizens. To the bereaved family, relatives and friends out heartfelt sympathy is extended.
Weimar Mercury, September 20, 1918, page 1
Photo courtesy Charles Sherman
Matthew Robinson Allen (1828 - 1881)
Martha Thomas Woolsey Allen (1832 - 1907)
Mollie McMurrey Allen (1870 - 1965)*
Annie Lee Allen (1898 - 1935)*
Charles W. Allen (1908 - 1974)*
Eliza E Allen Grobe (1855 - 1922)*
Charles Alexander Allen (1857 - 1909)*
Monroe R. Allen (1860 - 1918)
Minnie A. Allen Barnette (1867 - 1955)*
Nellie Allen Livington (1870 - 1907)*
Weimar Masonic Cemetery
Plot: Lot # 200; Grave Space 2
Created by: Jay Skelton
Record added: Aug 14, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40668879
Added: Sep. 3, 2014
Added: Aug. 14, 2009