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Allen, T. A.

T.A. ALLEN, President Corry National Bank, manager Corry Kerosene Works, Corry, was born in Cattaraugus County, N.Y., December 15, 1836, son of Chauncy and Orissa (Newton) Allen, natives of the Empire State; the former of English-Welsh, and the latter of English descent. Our subject was reared on a farm until fourteen, receiving his education in the common schools of his native county. He was then for several years employed as a clerk in a country store; then embarked in business on his own account and carried on a general store for three years. In 1862, he enlisted in the One Hundred and Fifty-fourth Regiment New York Volunteer Infantry, and was elected First Lieutenant, but before engaged in actual service, was appointed Quartermaster of the regiment, in which capacity he served until his resignation, which occurred in 1864. He returned home and resumed the citizen’s garb. On his return, he was appointed Deputy Clerk of Cattaraugus County, N.Y., and served until January 1, 1865, when he came to Corry as an employe of Wright & Co., in the lumber business, as book-keeper. Was with that company until 1869, when he was employed by the Corry Kerosene Works as general manager, which position he has since occupied, employing about twenty-five men the year round. Mr. Allen has served his city six years as member of the School Board, five terms as Mayor of Corry, and has been a delegate to County and Congressional Conventions, he is President of the Corry National Bank, and has been for one year President of the American Writing Machine Company. In 1858, Mr. Allen married Leanore, daughter of Thomas T. Wasson, a farmer, lumberman and prominent citizen of New York. To this union have been born— Archie M., a high school graduate and book-keeper in Corry National Bank; Louise, in school; and Josephine. Mr. Allen, with wife, is a member of the Presbyterian Church, in which he has been an Elder. He is a Master Mason, member of the G.A.R., and in politics, a Republican.


 

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