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Susan Badlam Boyden Allen
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Birth: Dec. 20, 1831
Boston
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Sep. 11, 1924
El Dorado
Butler County
Kansas, USA

SUSAN B. ALLEN

Susan B. Allen, in whose beloved memory her son, Frank S. Allen contributed a fortune to make possible the great Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital, was a native of New England and came of a long line of fine old Anglo-Saxon and Colonial American stock.

Mrs. Allen was the daughter of Arnold Boyden, also a native New Englander and who gave his life for his country while serving with the American army in Mexico, in 1848. Her mother was Susan (Mansfield) Boyden, also born in New England. Mrs. Allen was born in Boston, December 20, 1831. Her death occurred September 11, 1924, in the Allen home, on the present hospital site and in which home she had lived for nearly a half century. The house has been remodeled into one of the nurses homes, also gifts of her son and a part of the $200,000 Memorial Hospital plant.

Mrs. Allen became the wife of Lewis E. Allen, of Boston, in 1847, just a year before the death of her soldier-father on the historic plains of Otumba. He was a merchant, and, in the 1850's, established a store in New Orleans, Louisiana. He lost his life in October 1866, while enroute home from a business trip, being one of those lost at sea when the ill-fated steamer, Evening Star, New York to New Orleans, went down in a storm off the Carolina coast. On the evening of 02 Oct 1866, the steamer "Evening Star" encountered a severe gale beginning at 2:00 P.M., 180 miles east of Tybee Island, GA. After weathering the storm for 17 hours, she foundered at 6:00 A.M. on the morning of the 3rd, with 270 souls on board. Only 17 persons were known to have been saved. It was fairly well documented, and both the latitude and longitude were known.

Following the death of Mr. Allen, Mrs. Allen continued to live for a time in New Orleans, then removed to Mason City, Illinois, where many of her relatives then were living, including Daniel Boyden, a brother, who later became one of El Dorado's best known business men, a personal friend and intimate associate of Nathan Frank Frazier, Gen. Alfred W. Ellet, Alvah Shelden, Dr. Allen White and other citizens of El Dorado of a generation ago. Mr. Boyden, having settled in El Dorado at an earlier date persuaded his sister, Mrs. Allen, and her son, Frank S. Allen, then a young man, twenty-two years of age, to join him. The mother and son arrived in 1881.

From that date to the time of her death, Mrs. Allen constantly was high in the esteem and the love of her friends and neighbors. She was active in Episcopal Church work here and virtually built and for years generously helped to maintain that organization. She was a member of the Towanda Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star; and was a member of a Boston Chapter of the DAR. Her charity and welfare work were wise and constant and generous. Few women, even in this section, have become more meritedly notable for kindliness and practical and substantial sympathy for less fortunate friends or any one in distress.

But with all her goodly work, stated an article published in The El Dorado Times, her greatest achievement and one that is redounding to the eternal benefit of the people of this city and county, was the perfect manner in which she reared her son, Frank S. Allen. The affection between the mother and the son was one of the most sincere in the annals of this splendid old town. The kindliness, gentleness, the sympathetic understanding and commonsense generosity of the mother has been handed down to the son, as is gloriously manifest in the great hospital which was built in loving memory and which will perpetuate forever the sainted name of Susan B. Allen, one of El Dorado's noblest women.

In 1888, an Episcopal chapel, believed to be Trinity's first permanent place of worship, was established in a second story room in the first block of South Main Street. The Episcopal Women worked hard to raise money for their church. The congregation grew, and moved into the old Masonic Hall. From there they moved to the High School. It was also in 1889 (120 years ago) that the property on the northeast corner of Washington and Pine was purchased for $500.00. In 1891, the Bishop reported that the mission was organized and incorporated. The new church building just wasn't getting completed, so the women took charge. Mrs. Susan B. Allen set out to raise money. She drew and contracted the glass works, $85.00 total cost, installed. Finally, in 1894, the building was completed and the first services were held on March 27, 1894.

When Susan B. Allen passed away on September 10, 1924, Frank had her body cremated, and on a trip to Europe via ship, requested the captain go past the same latitude and longitude where the Evening Star had gone down, where he sprinkled his mother's ashes.

Some information from BUTLER COUNTY'S EIGHTY YEARS BIOS 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Lewis Edward Allen (____ - 1866)
 
 Children:
  Frank Shaw Allen (1857 - ____)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
 
Created by: Becky Doan
Record added: Mar 23, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67315667
 

 
 
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