Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
LOUIS V. ALLEN, who resides about
five miles southeast from Harrington, is one of the well known and highly
respected citizens of Lincoln county. He owns a half section of choice
wheat land where he resides and his industry and thrift have improved it
in fine shape. His residence is a tasty cottage, beautifully surrounded
with elegant shade trees and his entire place bears the stamp of the man.
Commodious buildings are in evidence and all machinery and other accoutrements
necessary on a first class farm are supplied in abundance. He also
raises some stock.
Louis V. Allen was born in Moore prairie,
Jefferson county, Illinois, on April 19, 1841, the son of Able and Prudence
(Wilkes) Allen, natives of Kentucky and South Carolina, respectively.
The father was a pioneer of Illinois and a man of prominence, being especially
interested in school matters. He died in the Prairie State in 1863.
The mother died in Illinois in 1866. She was descended from the patriot
stock which furnished fighting men for the Revolution and the War of 1812.
Our subject received his education in the public schools of his native
place and labored with his father on the farm until twenty. At that
time, he was one of the young men filled with patriotism and love of country,
so that when the call came for men, true and brave, to beat back the hosts
of treason, he promptly stepped forward and offered his services, and life,
too, if such need should be, to save our beloved institutions and the land
of the free. He was enrolled at McLeansboro as private, in Company
D, Sixth Illinois Cavalry, in General Sherman's command. Words are
not needed to describe his service, as an outline of his career there is
better encomium than words could possibly be. We append herewith
a partial list of the engagements participated in by Mr. Allen; Dyersburg,
Olivebranch, Coffeville, Boliver, Ripley, Covington, Belmont, an expedition
for sixteen days in the midst of the confederacy, Port Hudson, Clinton
Plains, Byhalis,. Granada, Salem, Oxford, Pulaski, Franklin and Nashville,
besides others. He was discharged on March 18, 1863, re-enlisted
on the same day and was later promoted to the rank of first lieutenant.
His honorable discharge occurred on October 16, 1865, at Salem, Alabama.
Following that he came to Illinois and farmed there until 1869, then moved
to another portion of the state and dwelt until 1872. Next we see
him in Jasper county, Missouri, whence in 1877, he went to Salem, Oregon.
It was in 1879, that he came to Waitsburg, Washington, that being his first
trip to this state. One year later he journeyed to the territory
now occupied by Lincoln county and located where he lives today.
It was his lot to land here without capital, except a good stock of determination
and hands willing to labor. The success he has the privilege of enjoying
at this time, is the result of his labors and of it, Mr. Allen may well
be proud. In political matters, he has always taken a lively interest
and has served the county as commissioner for five years. His name
appeared on the Republican ticket, the principles of which party he supports.
He has also been school clerk.
At Springfield, Illinois, on February 15,
1864, Mr. Allen married Miss Ruth M. Knox, who is the daughter of
Thomas J. and Mary (Danley) Knox. The father was born in Wheeling,
Virginia, and later removed to Illinois and for many years was treasurer
of Sangamon county and also served as justice of the peace. He died
in 1857. The mother was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and died in
Illinois, in 1861. One child was born to them, Mrs. Estella Howard,
who resides in Davenport, Washington. Mr. Allen is a member of the
G. A. R. and takes great interest in it.