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Allen, Perry C.
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 242-243


Perry C. Allen, district agent for the Phoenix Insurance Company of Brooklyn, New York, agent for the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York, of the Royal Insurance Company of Liverpool, England, the Northern Assurance Company of London, England, and the Insurance Company of North America at Philadelphia, was born in Harrison county, Kentucky, on the 29th of September, 1867, his parents being Joseph M. and Ruth A. (Wells) Allen, of Pike county. The father was born in Kentucky and was a son of David Allen, also a native of that state. In Kentucky he followed the occupation of farming until 1865, when he came to Pike county, Illinois, settling near Pittsfield upon a farm of one hundred and six acres, which he purchased. Subsequently he sold that property and later bought one hundred and eighty-four acres near Pleasant Hill, carrying on general agricultural pursuits there until 1891, when he sold out and returned to Kentucky, where he was born, in order that he might take care of his aged father. He, however, became ill and died before his father. He passed away in 1893, at the age of eighty-six years, while Joseph M. Allen died in 1891, at the age of fifty-four years. His widow is still living and makes her home in Pittsfield. In their family were four sons: Perry C.; Will E., who married Mamie Hoyl and lives in Pueblo, Colorado, where he is engaged in mining; George W., living in Pittsfield; and Joseph C., also of this city.

Perry C. Allen acquired his education in the common schools of this county and in the Gem City Business College of Quincy, Illinois, and entered business life for himself when twenty-six years of age, becoming proprietor of a livery stable which he conducted for three years, when on account of losing his right arm as the result of a fall he was obliged to sell out. After going to St. Louis, however, and having his arm amputated he resumed business as a liveryman and continued in that line for two years, when failing health again obliged him to sell out and he turned his attention to the insurance business in 1897. To this he has since given his time and energies. He entered the employ of the Phoenix Insurance Company, and was so successful that in 1904 he was promoted to the position of district agent in association with his former partner, G. H. Wike, of Barry, Illinois. He is now district agent for the Phoenix Insurance Company for western Illinois, appointing agents and superintending their work in this part of the state. He also represents the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York, the Royal Insurance Company of Liverpool, England, the Northern Assurance Company of North America and writes a large amount of business each year. He is also coal oil inspector for Pike county.

In 1892 Mr. Allen was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Sitton, of Nebo, Illinois, and they had two children: Merrill, born in 1894; and Minnie in 1896. The wife and mother died in the latter year, and Mr. Allen has again been married, Miss Daisy Hawkins, of Cincinnati, Ohio, becoming his wife in 1903. They have one child, Marion, born in 1904.

In his political views Mr. Allen is a democrat and for four years has held the office of justice of the peace. He belongs to Pericles lodge, No. 428, Knights of Pythias, at Perry, Illinois, is a member of the Fraternal Mystic Circle of Columbus, Ohio, and the tribe of Ben Hur at Crawfordsville, Indiana. His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Christian church, while his wife is a member of the Methodist church. He owns a beautiful home in the southeastern part of Pittsfield, standing in the midst of a half block of land. It is indeed one of the finest and most attractive residences of the city, pleasantly situated about two blocks from the public square. He has his office on the west side of the square with the Pike County Abstract Company, and is justly regarded as a most energetic, enterprising man, who in his business exemplifies the typical spirit of the west.

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