Frank M. Allen

Frank M. Allen was my grandmother's first cousin. He was the son of William Lawrence and Mahala (Gwyn) Allen, with whom he was recorded as Francis in the 1880 census. I found the following two obituaries in grandma's scrapbook with "Nov 23 '53"1 written on the first.

Funeral Thursday:

Frank M. Allen, Of Wicks Succumbs

Frank M. Allen, 75, vice-president and treasurer of The Wicks Company, of which he has been a co-owner for 54 years, died Monday1 11:30 p.m., at the Bloomington Hospital where he was taken only a few hours before his death.

He had been in failing health for the last two years. Death was due to pneumonia.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m., Thursday, at the residence, 427 N. Washington,2 with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery. Rev. Joseph R. Walker of the First Presbyterian Church will officiate.

Mr. Allen and the late Otto Rott purchased the Wicks Department Store from its founder, W. W. Wicks, July 13, 1899. Mr. Rott died in February, 1952, and Robert F. Allen, son of F. M. Allen, purchased his interest shortly thereafter.

In Civic Activities

The deceased was prominent in financial and civic activtles in Bloomington. He was president of the Bloomington National Savings and Loan Association, vice-president and director of the Citizens Bank & Trust Co.

He was a member of the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, a charter member of the Bloomington Country Club, a member of the Indiana Retail Research Group, a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, Monroe Lodge No. 22, York and Scottish Rite, and The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. These organizations have honored him In recent years with their 50-year awards.

Born In Greenville

He was born June 17, 1878 in Greenville, Ind., the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Allen. He received his education at the Borden Institute in Borden, Ind., and came to Bloomington as a young man where he lived with his uncle, James D. Showers, until he decided to make his home here.

He married Rose Ward of Bloomington, who preceded him in death in 1929.

Mr. Allen Is survived by his son, Robert F. Allen, a grand-daughter, Frances Ryan Allen, and a brother, Thomas J. Allen, of Ft. Meyers, Florida.

The body will remain at the residence, where friends may call after 7:30 p.m. today.

Allen Funeral Thursday, 3 P.M.

Funeral services for Frank M. Allen, 75, 427 N. Washington, who died Monday night, will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at the residence. Rev. Joseph Walker will officiate, and burial will be in Rose Hill cemetery, where Masons will conduct a ritual.

Active pallbearers will be Austin Seward, J. B. Woodward, Harry Orchard, Woodrow Stogsdill, Philip Holland, Richard Montort, Vernon Ruble and Roger Black.

Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Woolery, Len B. Fields, Paul Brown, T. J. Louden, Maurice Riley, Guy Burnett, Harry Sauvain, Cecil Harlos, H. O. Paynter, Sylvan Tackitt, David G. Wylie, Ralph Nelson, Kenneth Eckels, Fred Seward, Allen Carter,3 Tracy Ross,4 Marion Rogers, John Sutphin and Erwin Alexander.

The body remains at the residence.

1 23 Nov 1953 fell on a Monday.
2 Frank lived at this address at least as far back as the 1910 census, when he was enumerated there along with Rose, Robert and another son, William L. Allen, who wasn't listed with this family in 1920.
3 Allen Carter was a son of Frank's first cousin, Jessie Allen and her husband, Morton C. Carter.
4 R. Tracy Ross was a son-in-law of Frank's first cousin, Charles T. Showers.
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