• The Children of Milton H. Allen
    "Five of Milton and Mattie Allen’s seven children survived them, all but one of those five living long and productive lives. 

    Dr. Luther Allen, MD, born in 1868, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and practiced medicine in Pennsylvania for many years and died at the age of 96 while living with his daughter, Dorothea Sanzenbacher, in Cody, Wyoming.

    Cora, born in 1870, died in Medford in childhood at the age of 2.

    Dr. Reginald Allen, PhD, born in 1872, taught mathematics at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and at Kenyon College in Ohio. Several students boarded with his family at Kenyon. One of these students was Paul Newman. Reginald Allen died in his late 80s.
     
    Twins, Kate and Charles Hannah, were born in 1873 . Charles Hannah died in the cholera epidemic in 1874, but his sister Kate survived, married, and lived into her 80s. 

    A fourth son, Milton Deronda—called “Deronda” to distinguish him from his father—was born in 1876 and graduated from the Rutgers College of Pharmacy. He married and had a successful pharmacy business and a family but died at the relatively early age of 53, the result of a weak heart contracted through rheumatic fever when he was a child.

    The final child and fifth son—the baby of the family—Raymond W. Allen, Sr., was born in 1884, received his undergraduate training at Rutgers and a master’s degree in forestry from Yale in 1908. He moved west and settled in Cody, Wyoming where he was the supervisor of the country’s first national forest, the Shoshone National Forest. He was a hunting companion of Buffalo Bill Cody. In 1920 he left the Forest Service and joined the staff of the Shoshone National Bank, eventually becoming president and chairman of the board of directors. He died in 1974, two days before his 90th birthday. Raymond W. Allen had three sons: Raymond Walter, Jr., John Milton, and Robert Samuel. John Milton Allen was my father. I was fortunate enough to know not only my grandfather but two great-uncles (Luther and Reginald) and a great-aunt (Kate).

     

    Interestingly enough, although born and raised in Wyoming, I did my doctoral work at Clark University where my great-uncle Reg had taught years before my residency there.

     

    Provided by :
    Dr. John L. Allen
    Professor Emeritus, University of Connecticut and University of Wyoming