|Birth: ||Sep. 27, 1869|
|Death: ||Dec. 29, 1951|
Biographical sketch: Elsie Jane (Nuzman) Allen, (1869- 1951)
Patron of the Arts, community leader, First Lady of Kansas
Born September 27, 1869, the oldest daughter of Frederick C and Mary Jane (Anderson) Nuzman in Circleville, Kansas. Elsie Jane had three younger brothers and 4 younger sisters.
Elsie graduated from Circleville schools, then attended Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas. She graduated from Baker in the class of 1890
Elsie married Henry Justin Allen in Circleville, Kansas on October 19, 1891. They had four children; Frederick, Catherine, Henrietta and Justin. Frederick and Catherine died from diphtheria in 1902 and Justin died from bicycle accident injuries in 1910.
From 1916 to its completion in 1918, Elsie worked with Frank Lloyd Wright on the design and construction of their ?Wright? home on Roosevelt Avenue in Wichita. This is the only Frank Lloyd Wright home in Kansas and is one of his last Prairie style homes built.
She was the First Lady of Kansas from 1919 to 1923.
Elsie was a great patron of the arts. She gave her large art collection to Baker University in 1919. Worked to start up the Wichita Arts Association, serving on its board from 1921 till her death in 1951. She was chair of the WAAs Art School Committee. The four scholarships given to Wichita high school graduates were given in her name as the Elsie J. Allen Scholarships.
She worked often with her husband on relief committees. Most of the committees revolved around relief of impoverished children due to war. Served on such relief boards as the Near East Children's Relief, Bundles for Britain, Save the Children Foundation and British Children's Aid Committee.
Death occurred in Wichita on December 29, 1951. She was buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Wichita, beside her husband Henry J. Allen. She was survived by her daughter, Henrietta, son-in-law Julies Holmes and three grandchildren.
Frederick C. Nuzman (1832 - 1916)
Mary Jane Anderson Nuzman (1850 - 1904)
Henry Justin Allen (1868 - 1950)
Frederick Earl Allen (1893 - 1897)*
Catherine Allen (1895 - 1897)*
Henrietta Allen Holmes (1900 - 1972)*
Justin Allen (1902 - 1910)*
Elsie Jane Nuzman Allen (1869 - 1951)
Ira A. Nuzman (1872 - 1876)*
Nora Belle Nuzman Fairley (1875 - 1935)*
Frederick Robert Nuzman (1878 - 1954)*
Scott Enos Nuzman (1880 - 1961)*
Inez Nuzman Moore (1884 - 1930)*
Gladys Valentine Nuzman Gray (1887 - 1957)*
Vivian Mary Nuzman Riederer (1890 - 1958)*
Maple Grove Cemetery
Plot: Section R, Lot 10, Grave 2
Created by: The Old Genealogist
Record added: Jan 30, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24269983