|Birth: ||Dec. 30, 1832|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Apr. 15, 1925|
Abstracted from The centennial History of Oregon
Vol. IV p.785-7
Emery Allen was for almost forty years identified with the pharmacy trade in Corvallis.
He was born in a log cabin, the home of his parents, Henry and Anna (Hill) Allen of Ontario, NY. He was the second of eight children, their names being William, Louisa, Alonzo, Lydia, and Emma (one name is unknown).
As a boy, Emery attended school for three months during the winter seasons and during the summer he assisted his father in the operation of the home farm. By constant study at home he was able by age twenty, to take up teaching, which he followed for two years in his home town. During the vacation periods he worked as a farm laborer. Thinking to find better opportunities west, he went to Michigan in 1855, and locating in Eaton County, continued teaching school until the spring of 1859.
In the meantime, he had heard the call of the far west and embarked on the steamer Northern Light, bound for San Francisco, CA. The voyage was made via the Panama route, and upon arriving in the Golden state Mr. Allen found employment on a ranch in the San Jose Valley, where he worked until the following spring, during which time he had been able to save three hundred dollars.
He set sail again and in March, 1860 he arrived in Portland. On the following day he made his way by boat up the Willamette River to Corvallis. Mr. Allen at first rented a farm and later became the owner of four hundred and ninety acres, which he cultivated and developed, while during the winter months he followed his old profession of teaching school.
In February 1866 he sold his farm and moved to Corvallis, where he purchased a half interest in the drug store owned by John Souther. Their original location was on the present site of the Occidental Hotel, but after two years they removed to Fisher's block and E. Woodward purchased the interest of Mr. Souther. The relationship between Mr. Allen and Mr. Woodward continued for thirty years, and then the business was moved to the Kline building. In 1899, Mr. Allen bought out his partner and continued alone in business until succeeded by his son, John, about 1906.
Mr. Allen is the owner of a fine farm located near Philomath, Oregon, consisting of two hundred acres and a brick building at the corner of second and Adams. He is also the owner of the fine residence at 738 third street in which he now makes his home and which he built in 1882.
On the 14th of December 1862 Mr. Allen was united in marriage to Miss Mary Ellen Barker, who was born in Lee County, IA, on the 24th of January 1846. Her parents, Clement and Christina (Henkle) Barker, were pioneers of Iowa and in 1853, crossed the plains to Oregon as a part of the Henkle train. Mrs. Barker was a daughter of Jacob Henkle, who brought all of his children to this state, and the representatives of the name are numerous and prominent in the Willamette valley. For may years they have held a family reunion on the 1st of October of each year. Mrs. Allen's parents are now deceased, the father passing away in Washington and the mother at the home of our subject. Mr. and Mrs. Allen have become the parents of six children as follows: Alonzo W., a druggist of Portland; Ira E., who is employed in the capacity of bookkeeper in Portland; Henry C., a resident of Portland, who has been in the government employ for the last ten years; Anna, who married Eldred Kuizenga of Bakersfield, CA; John F., residing in Corvallis who is the president of the commercial club of this city, and his father's successor in the drug business; and Edna, the wife of Charles Shenefield, of Portland. On the 14th December, 1912, Mr. and Mrs. Allen will celebrate their golden anniversary, having traveled life's journey happily together for a half century.
Mr. Allen is a staunch republican. He served as a member of the city council for a few years, but otherwise has held no public office. Fraternally he is identified with the Independent order of Odd fellows, belonging to all of its various branches. He has watched the growth of Corvallis from an early day, witnessing the organization of many of its important institutions, and has ever felt great interest and pride in the work of development and improvement, doing all in his power as a businessman or private citizen to further the general up-building. He has been a subscriber for the Oregonian for fifty-one years, of which fact mention was made in that paper in its fiftieth anniversary publication. Oregon numbers him among its representative and valued adopted sons, and he has the esteem and respect of all who know him.
Henry Spencer Allen (1803 - 1881)
Anna Hill Allen (1806 - 1891)
Mary Ellen Barker Allen (1846 - 1936)*
Alonzo Wright Allen (1865 - 1932)*
Ira Emery Allen (1868 - 1951)*
William Henry Allen (____ - 1845)*
Lydia Jane Allen (____ - 1844)*
Emery Allen (1832 - 1925)
Alonzo H. Allen (1838 - 1930)*
Lucia A Allen Carey (1845 - 1900)*
Emma C Allen Holton (1847 - 1931)*
Crystal Lake Cemetery
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