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GEORGE SELWIN ALLISON, M. D.
While the practice of medicine is the real life work of Dr. George Selwin Allison, be has also engaged in real-estate dealing in Spokane and is the owner of considerable valuable ranch property in eastern Washington. He was born in Louisiana, Missouri, July 22, 1848, a son of J. C. and H. M. Allison. His educational opportunities in early youth were those afforded by the district schools of his native town where he pursued his studies until he reached the age of fifteen years, and then attended the Cherry Grove Seminary of Abingdon, Illinois, for three years. A glance over the broad field of business in its different agricultural, industrial, commercial and professional phases, led him to the determination to make the practice of medicine his life work and he entered the St. Louis Medical School, now the Washington University, from which in due time he was graduated with the class of 1871. He at once sought to put his theoretical knowledge to the practical test and entered the office with Dr. W. C. Duncan, with whom he remained for two years and then opened an office in Macon county, Illinois, where he remained for about ten years. Ambitious to attain the highest degree of proficiency he went to New York in 1881 and pursued a special course of study in the Bellevue Hospital Medical College, and was graduated from that institution in the class of 1881, being now numbered among its alumni.
It was in July, 1882, that Dr. Allison arrived in Spokane where he has been in practice constantly since and is the oldest resident physician of this city. There was only a very limited population when he took up his abode here and with the growth of the city his practice has increased until it is now very extensive and of an important character. He has improved the opportunity for judicious investment and profitable sale of real estate, and now has much property in Spokane, together with a ranch of seven hundred and eighty acres at Latah, Spokane county, on which he raises stock, wheat and all that goes to make up a model farm. The place is situated forty-three miles from the city, and his son, Walter S. Allison, now twenty-six years of age, is in charge of the farm. Dr. Allison is an enthusiast on the subject of the future of Spokane county and is always ready to join in any movement that promises to prove of practical worth in its development and upbuilding. He is likewise president of the Conservative Land & Investment Company, owning thirteen thousand acres of land in Benton county, one thousand acres of which are under cultivation.
On the 2d of May, 1876, at Mount Zion, Illinois, occurred the marriage of Dr. Allison and Miss Ellen E. Mariner, a daughter of Professor William and Agnes Mariner, both natives of Lebanon, Tennessee. Her father was a teacher by profession and about 1880 came to Washington to join the faculty of the Walla Walla College. He was thus connected with the educational development of the state until his death, which occurred in Spokane in 1894. Dr. and Mrs. Allison have three living children: Walter S., who as stated manages his father's ranch; Ida G., the wife of John D. Johnson, of Spokane; and Mabel P., who is the wife of James E. Bailey, of this city. The family residence is at No. 1203 Eighth avenue and was erected by Dr. Allison. In politics he has always been a stalwart republican but the only office that he would ever accept was that of member of the school board, on which he served for three years, beginning in 1905. He has ever taken an active interest in educational matters and the cause of the public schools finds in him a splendid friend. He holds membership in the Westminster Congregational church and for many years was one of its trustees. His influence is always on the side of progress and those things which relate to the material, intellectual, political and moral development and welfare of the city.
History of the City of Spokane and Spokane County Washington 1912