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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Frank Leslie Allen

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[This information is from Vol. IV, pp. 111-112 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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One of the men of good judgment and even-paced energy that has carried him forward to the goal of success is Frank Leslie Allen, the capable manager of the Fonda branch of the Coal Company of Fulton County. He was born on March 30, 1863, in Rural Grove, New York, his parents being Harvey and Phoebe (Almy) Allen. Harvey Allen was born in the town of Root, New York, on May 2, 1836, and died in Fultonville, on April 22, 1914. He was a retired hotelkeeper. In 1875 he first had a hotel at Carlisle, Schoharie county, but in 1884 he located at Auriesville; New York, where he remained until 1889 and then moved to Glen, New York, and ran a hotel at that place until he retired in 1900. Ten years later he came to Fultonville, to live with his son, the subject of this sketch, where he remained until his death in 1914. Harvey Allen was the son of Cyrus and Cornelia (Colyer) Allen. He and his wife were both born in the town of Root and both died at Rural Grove. He was a retired farmer at the time of his death. Phoebe (Almy) Allen was born in the town of Root, New York, in 1836, and died at that place in 1865.

Frank Leslie Allen acquired his early education in the public schools of Carlisle, then entered Starkey Seminary in Yates county, New York. At the age of nineteen he became associated with his father in the hotel business at Carlisle, and also remained with him for two years in Glen. He then went to Braman's Corners, Schenectady county, and purchased the grocery business of George A. Snell, but was there less than a year when he suffered the loss of his business by fire, after which he moved to Burtonville, New York, and served as clerk of the town of Charleston. In 1897 he opened a grocery store in Auriesville, and remained there until 1905, when he sold the business and moved to Fultonville. While in Fultonville he served as clerk for the town of Glen for eight years. Since that time he has been manager of the Fonda office of the Coal Company of Fulton County.

On December 17, 1890, at Burtonville, New York, Mr. Allen was united in marriage to Miss Bertha May Davis. She was born at Braman's Corners on September 12, 1869, her parents being Orsemus B. and Lucy M. (Chapman) Davis. Orsemus B. Davis was born in the town of Charleston, Montgomery county, New York, and died at Burtonville, New York. He was the son of Elias Davis. His wife, Lucy M. (Chapman) Davis, was born on May 18, 1840, in Duanesburg, New York, and is now living with her daughter at the age of eighty-four years. She is the daughter of Lyman and Catherine (Blanchard) Chapman. Lyman Chapman was born in Duanesburg, New York, in 1806, and died on his farm at that place. His wife was born in Schenectady and died in Duanesburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Leslie Allen were the parents of two sons: Harvey Davis Allen was born in Burtonville, New York, on December 6, 1891. He attended the public school in Fort Hunter and in Fultonville. He is now in the postal service and is a rural free delivery man at Fort Johnson, New York. In 1912 he was united in marriage to Miss Winifred Bowers, who was born in the town of Perth, New York, and they are the parents of three children: Beatrice, Harvey and Jane Allen. Leslie Chapman Allen was born in Auriesville, on July 26, 1897, and attended the district school in Fort Hunter, and the district school at Fultonville. He is now a member of the firm of Bricks, Allen, Blum Corporation, manufacturers of silk hosiery and underwear, in Fonda. On December 25, 1918, he was married to Miss Jessie A. Gorthey of Fultonville, New York, who was born in Broadalbin, New York, on September 1, 1896.

Mr. Allen was postmaster at Braman's Corners, New York, in 1893. He is an elder in the Reformed church, and of the "Methodist Men's Meeting" of Fultonville, New York. In politics he is a republican and he counts automobiling and reading among his chief diversions. Though content with what he attained as he went along, Mr. Allen was always ready to make an advance, and he has many friends in the community in which he lives.

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