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Source:
The County of Fulton
A History of Fulton County, Ohio

Publ.: Madison, Wis. Northwestern Historical Association
1905

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  JOSEPH O. ALLEN, M. D., long numbered among the representative physicians and business men of Fulton county, has maintained his home in Fayette for more than half a century and is one of the most honored citizens of the town.  He was born in Clarkson, Monroe county, N. Y., Sept. 20, 1830, and is a son of Isaac and Mary (Terry) Allen, both of whom were born in Connecticut.  Dr. Allen passed his boyhood days in his native town, where he was afforded the advantages of the Clarkson Academy, later attending a seminary at Lima, N. Y., after which he took up the study of medicine under private preceptorship, in Clarkson, and finally entered the medical department of the Buffalo University, being graduated in February, 1851, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine.  In the same year he came to Fulton county and located in what is now the town of Fayette, though at that time there was no vestige of a town on the site.  Here, under the disadvantages which attended the lot of the average pioneer physician, he labored with all of zeal and self-abnegation, ministering to those in affliction and devoting his entire attention to his professional work for fifteen years, in the meanwhile erecting the mill which he still owns and operates, the same being equipped for the manufacture of both flour and lumber.  In the conducting of this enterprise the Doctor was associated with Renselaer S. Humphrey until the time of the latter's death.  He continued in active practice of his profession until 1870, when he was employed as a representative by the Chicago and Canadian Southern Railroad Company to secure the right of way for their proposed line between this section and the city of Chicago.  He devoted two years to this important work, and then took charge of the timber interests of the same road.  When the company went into liquidation he resumed his active connection with his milling business and also with the practice of his profession.  He is now practically retired, but gives his general supervision to his two fine farms and to his milling and other interests, and he has the affectionate regard of the people of this community, where he has labored so long and faithfully as a true friend of humanity.  In politics Dr. Allen is a stanch adherent of the Democratic party, he has held various local offices, including those of township trustee and treasurer, and he has also been a candidate of his party for sheriff and for representative in the State Legislature.  He has twice served as Postmaster of Fayette, O.  He is a member of various medical societies and is identified with the Masonic fraternity.  In 1856, in Columbiana county, Dr. Allen was united in marriage to Miss Sarah A. McLean, and they became the parents of five children, namely: Rosa, who is deceased; Lillie, who is the wife of Edward Crittenden, of Fayette; Donald A., who is a successful dentist in Toledo; Viola, who is deceased; and Earl, deceased, who was a drug salesman, residing in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Source 4: The County of Fulton - A History of Fulton County, Ohio - Publ.: Madison, Wis. Northwestern Historical Association - 1905 - Page 239

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