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History of Benton County, Iowa
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1910; Luther B. Hill, Ed.

Pages 763-764
A[rthur]. B. ALLEN, cashier of the People's Savings Bank of Vinton, has been a resident of the county since October, 1870. He was born in Will county, Illinois, March 10, 1870, and is a son of Robert and Adeline (Bartlett) Allen, the latter a native also of Will county. Robert Allen, a native of Canada, came to Illinois in 1853, and became a farmer; he also engaged in mercantile business in Plainfield, Illinois, which he continued until he removed to Benton county, in 1870. He first located on a farm in Jackson township, which he operated until his death, in December, 1897, at the age of sixty-two years. He became a successful and prominent farmer in Benton county, and his widow still resides on the homestead in Jackson township. They had four children, namely: Mrs. J. E. Bachman, living near Garrison, Iowa; E. R. and M. F., operating the home farm; and A. B.

A. B. Allen spent his childhood on a farm, and was educated at Tilford Academy, graduating with the class of 1892. He took a course at Cedar Rapids Business College, and taught school one year in that institution. After spending four years in the railway mail service he served four years as clerk of the district court of Benton county, being elected on the Republican ticket. He then took the position in the bank which he now holds. He is a man of good business training, earnest and industrious in demeanor. He is a devoted Republican, and takes an active interest in public affairs. Mr. Allen lives on South Main street. He belongs to the Knights of Pythias of Vinton, and has a large circle of friends.

Mr. Allen married Grace Haskell, of Benton county, and they have two children, namely: Robert B., a pupil in the Vinton school, and Lucile, aged four. Mrs. Allen is a member of the Order of Eastern Star, her father being affiliated with the Masonic Order.




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