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      Known widely as a true, dyed-in-the-wool democrat and a loyal servant of his constituents, Hon. James M. Allen, resident of Yreka, Siskiyou county, is now a state senator.  No opprobrium has aver been attached to his name, even by his political enemies, and he is known as a stanch friend and a fair antagonist in the political arena.  He has consistently advanced the interests of his district in legislative halls, and has been successful in furthering many movements of lasting benefit to the citizens he represents.  Senator Allan is of the highest type of public official, a man of gracious personality, of rare judgment, tolerant opinions, and thoroughly imbued with love for his native county and state.          James M. Allen was born in Siskiyou county, California, June 10, 1883, and is a son of Edward Power and Mary Ann (McGee) Allen.  The father was born in Ireland, and came to he United States in 1860.  He spent some time in New Jersey, then went to Michigan, to the copper country, where he worked in the mines, and later helped build the first railroad to California.  Mining was his occupation, however.  After returning east, he again came to California by way of the isthmus of Panama, and engaged in mining in Grass Valley, California, and Virginia City, Nevada.  He came to Siskiyou county in 1880.  His brother had come here five years previously.  Edward P. Allen put in the first air drill and hoist in Siskiyou county, and succeeded in obtaining much gold, but lost in further ventures.  He died January 13, 1900, and his wife died in 1889.

      James M. Allen attended the grade schools in Quartz Valley, then for two years studied at the Etna high school and one year in the high school at Yreka.  He then took a business course at Heald's Business College in San Francisco, graduating in June, 1902, after which he did stenographic work for a brief time in San Francisco.  Then for three years, he engaged in mining in Siskiyou county, but his health failed while thus employed, whereupon he took a teacher's examination and taught in Siskiyou county.  He later became principal of the Fort Jones, Scott Valley, district schools, which position he held for four years, during which period he was reading law under the guidance of an attorney.  He was appointed a justice of the peace at Fort Jones, and on January 30, 1913, was admitted to the California bar.  He first opened an office at Fort Jones, then became interested in political affairs and was elected district attorney in 1914, in which office he served conspicuously for eight years.  He entered upon the private practice of law in Yreka, and in 1927 was elected to the state senate on the democratic ticket.  He was a delegate to the democratic national convention at Houston, Texas, in 1928.  He is a thorough exponent of democratic principles and issues, and is a courageous fighter for his beliefs.

      On October 9, 1907, James M. Allen was married to Miss Linnie May McBee, a daughter of William and Caroline Augusta (Beckworth) McBee, who were residents of Oregon, the father following farming near Roseburg.  Senator and Mrs. Allen are the parents of eight children, namely: Velma, who attended Junior College at Sacramento, and married Richard A. Campbell, a garage man and mechanic; James M., Jr., and Augusta Lillian, twins, now in high school; William Norman, Irene, May, Robert Charles and Edward, now in grade schools at Yreka.

      Senator Allen is a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, in the Ashland, Oregon, Lodge No. 944, and is affiliated with the Episcopal Church.  He is the owner of a modern home at Yreka, an office building in the same city, and has one hundred and sixty acres of land in Shasta county, besides property at Montague.




Transcribed by Rhonda Ruick O'Brien.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W. Major History of the Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 2 Pages 74-77. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

© 2010  Rhonda Ruick O'Brien.



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