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 Otis “Tex or Red” Allen

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Otis “Tex or Red” Allen

Birth
Denton County, Texas, USA
Death
21 Sep 1965 (aged 68)
Lewiston, Nez Perce County, Idaho, USA
Burial
Lewiston, Nez Perce County, Idaho, USA
Plot
Devotion A, Lot 12, Space 4
Memorial ID
28115514 View Source

Otis Allen son of Robert Fleming and Eliza Alexander Allen . He was a rough and tumble man. Was a colorful man , lived on the edge a lot. He was a gambler, a whisky runner. He was born in Denton Co., Texas . The Allen and Alexander Clan were a much feared bunch. If they were wronged they were there own judge , jury and executioners.
They guarded there ranch form rustlers and if the caught one they hung them on a cotton wood tree by the main road not to far from there ranch house. Sheriff would always come to the house asking if they knew anything about the man hanging in the tree down by the road. Always replied no he was hanging there when we got up this morning.
Otis grandfather John Alexander was killed one night in prusit of a rustler , his horse fell in a revine and fell on him , crussing him. Otis father managed to get him home and layed him on the eating table , sent for the doctor but died before the Dr. Arrived at daybreak. The Dr. stayed for breakfast and returned home.
Otis was shot in a card game . The fellow in the game thought he was cheating and shot him from under the table several times. He survived. He worked the Oil Fields as a young man. Fell from the Derick when they were bringing up a load of steel he tried to stop his fall but burned the leather gloves off his had hanging on to the rope. When he hit the bottom to make matters worse the load of steel fell on top of him breaking about every bone in his body. He did not know it as he was unconsious from the fall. He spent a long time in Hospital packed in sand bags while his bones healed. He always said he could tell when the weather was to change his bones ached. Never complained much.
After he was shot in the card game and got out he found out the police never did anything to the man and had relaesed him . Taking matters in his own hands he was hunting the man. He walked into a bar one night and the man was in there , he made a run for the door but Otis pulled his pistol and killed him. He confided in his grandson his last Christmas alive that he had spent time in prison for killing the man and was not proud of what he did. He apparently did not spend much time in prison , he never said.
Otis drank heavy loved to gamble . In 1949 he was playing cards at the Pastime Bar in Gresham Or. Lost all his money left the game and as he stepped off the curb he noticed some bill all rolled up in the gutter picked it up and un rolled it and it was a $20 bill he went back and got back in the game . When it was all over he walked across the street to McRoberts Ford Garage and bought a new 1949 Ford Sedan and paid cash with his winnings.
He lived in Lewiston and worked as a Janitor at the Junior High building and became ill in the early 1960's from a gall bladder operation that went bad and was never able to work again. He died of Lieukemia in 1965.

Otis Allen son of Robert Fleming and Eliza Alexander Allen . He was a rough and tumble man. Was a colorful man , lived on the edge a lot. He was a gambler, a whisky runner. He was born in Denton Co., Texas . The Allen and Alexander Clan were a much feared bunch. If they were wronged they were there own judge , jury and executioners.
They guarded there ranch form rustlers and if the caught one they hung them on a cotton wood tree by the main road not to far from there ranch house. Sheriff would always come to the house asking if they knew anything about the man hanging in the tree down by the road. Always replied no he was hanging there when we got up this morning.
Otis grandfather John Alexander was killed one night in prusit of a rustler , his horse fell in a revine and fell on him , crussing him. Otis father managed to get him home and layed him on the eating table , sent for the doctor but died before the Dr. Arrived at daybreak. The Dr. stayed for breakfast and returned home.
Otis was shot in a card game . The fellow in the game thought he was cheating and shot him from under the table several times. He survived. He worked the Oil Fields as a young man. Fell from the Derick when they were bringing up a load of steel he tried to stop his fall but burned the leather gloves off his had hanging on to the rope. When he hit the bottom to make matters worse the load of steel fell on top of him breaking about every bone in his body. He did not know it as he was unconsious from the fall. He spent a long time in Hospital packed in sand bags while his bones healed. He always said he could tell when the weather was to change his bones ached. Never complained much.
After he was shot in the card game and got out he found out the police never did anything to the man and had relaesed him . Taking matters in his own hands he was hunting the man. He walked into a bar one night and the man was in there , he made a run for the door but Otis pulled his pistol and killed him. He confided in his grandson his last Christmas alive that he had spent time in prison for killing the man and was not proud of what he did. He apparently did not spend much time in prison , he never said.
Otis drank heavy loved to gamble . In 1949 he was playing cards at the Pastime Bar in Gresham Or. Lost all his money left the game and as he stepped off the curb he noticed some bill all rolled up in the gutter picked it up and un rolled it and it was a $20 bill he went back and got back in the game . When it was all over he walked across the street to McRoberts Ford Garage and bought a new 1949 Ford Sedan and paid cash with his winnings.
He lived in Lewiston and worked as a Janitor at the Junior High building and became ill in the early 1960's from a gall bladder operation that went bad and was never able to work again. He died of Lieukemia in 1965.

Bio by: Norman Rogers


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  • Maintained by: Norman Rogers
  • Originally Created by: Floral~Lady
  • Added: 7 Jul 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 28115514
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/28115514/otis-allen: accessed ), memorial page for Otis “Tex or Red” Allen (18 Apr 1897–21 Sep 1965), Find a Grave Memorial ID 28115514, citing Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens, Lewiston, Nez Perce County, Idaho, USA; Maintained by Norman Rogers (contributor 47065647).