|20. Rev. Pliny Arunah Allen Jr. (3) (photo) was born on Jul 23 1876 in Charlestown, MA.(3) He died on Jan 23 1943 in North Adams, MA. (3) He was an Universalist Minister.(3)
Excerpts from a North Adams MA Newspaper, January 1943:
"Born in Charleston, Mr. Allen received his early education on Cape Cod and at Tabor Academy in Maine. He was graduated from Crane Theological School in 1901, and in June of that year, following his ordination, accepted his first pastorate in the town of Marblehead. He subsequently served churches in Orange, Medford, Hillside and Rockland before going to Galesburg, Illinois, where he was pastor of the Universalist church and chaplain and assistant instructor in ancient, medieval and modern history at Lombard College there. From Galesburg, Mr. Allen accepted a call to the pastorate at Norway, Maine, whence he was called to North Adams to succeed Reverend Mary Andrews Connors.
"Mr. Allen came to North Adams in January to deliver a sermon and conduct a Sunday service at the church. He received and accepted the call to the pastorate here on February 15th and started his duties on May 1.
"The First Universalist church has enjoyed progressive prosperity under Reverend Mr. Allen's leadership, and he has won the reverence and highest respect of a wide circle of friends, not only among his parishioners but also among many others in the city irrespective of class or creed.
"Mr. Allen's ability to talk interestingly and instructively on a wide variety of subjects made him a popular after-dinner speaker at banquets and church, fraternal and civic organization affairs.
"Mr. Allen was possessed of a pleasing disposition, with a warming smile for all he met, and these qualities that made him a welcome visitor to the home and sick bed where his ability to comfort and convey a measure of happiness to the ill and shut-ins also brought a large degree of pleasure to himself. Reverend Mr. Allen lived and preached the philosophy of the Golden Rule.
"Reverend Mr. Allen was a 32nd degree Mason, and a member of the Kiwanis club, entering the organization in Galesburg and continuing his membership in the North Adams club, he enjoyed the highest confidence and respect of his fellow clergymen."
Pliny's Draft Card lists the following Information about him. His eyes were blue, his build stout and his hair light brown (I think).
Pliny's Ordination Program
The 1900 census indicates that before her marriage to Pliny, Pauline was a boarder in the home of Silas Jenkins, a grain dealer in Stratford New Hampshire. At that time, she was a 23 year old school teacher.
In the 1930 Census, Pauline lists her father's place of birth as Germany and her Mother's as England.
"They resided in Charleston, MA. until 1879, at which time they removed to Mattapoisett, MA" - Swett-Allen, 109.
(*Swett asserts that they were married in Auburn Maine on Jan 23rd, Main Marriages on Ancestry says Jan 25th)
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