On the farm near Silverton, adjoining the one where he now lives, T.D. Allen was born, February 21, 1854, a representative of one of the pioneer families of 1852. His father, Henry Allen, one of the self-made men who have contributed to the upbuilding of this part of the state, was born in Tennessee, in December, 1827, and when a small boy removed with his parents to Illinois. He was reared on a farm, and was an industrious, ambitious lad, who kept his eyes and ears open, and impatiently awaited an opportunity to better his condition. He managed to save enough money to go to California in 1848, via the Isthmus of Panama, and there followed mining and prospecting for a couple of years. Returning to Illinois, he married Frances Rockwood, a native of Illinois, who had been reared and educated near the home of her husband. Together this couple came to Oregon in 1852, outfitting with ox-teams to travel across the plains, and accomplishing the journey without any special incident. At first they conducted a hotel at Salem, but the limited population and the generally pioneer conditions rendered this enterprise impracticable, and Mr. Allen located on a donation claim of one hundred and twenty-six acres in the Waldo hills. After a short time he bought part of the Leonard farm, upon which he farmed for some years, and in 1866 bought the place now occupied by his son, T.D., three miles south of Silverton, upon which he lived until 1902. At present he is living retired in Silverton, enjoying the competence which has rewarded his years of industrious application. Besides Timothy D., who is the oldest of the children, there is R.D., a resident of Salem; H.L., a resident of Baker City; Allie, the wife of L.F. Mascher, of this vicinity; and Adelle, living with her parents in Silverton. Though possessing limited educational facilities in his youth, Mr. Allen became a well read and well informed man, and always took a keen interest in the schools of his district.
Until his marriage, January 4, 1881, with Geneva Aramatha Wolfard, T.D. Allen remained on his father's farm, and thereafter went to housekeeping on a place near Silverton. Mrs. Allen is a daughter of Erhardt Wolfard and was rered near Silverton, her parents having crossed the plains in 1853, locating in the Waldo hills. Six children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Allen, of whom Reber Glenn lives in Silverton; Lowell Clay lives with his parents; Floyd Wolfard; Wynola Frances; Dewey Rockwood; and Fay Anita. In 1902 Mr. Allen came to the old home place, where he manages five hundred acres of land, and is engaged in general farming and stock-raising. Ten acres are devoted to hop culture. Mr. Allen has never been active in politics, although he is a stanch supporter of Republican interests. He has been road supervisor and school trustee, and like his father has taken a great interest in the cause of education. He is a member of the Woodmen of the World, and is sociable in his tastes, having many warm friends among the surrounding farmers.
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