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San Bernardino County and Riverside County


MONTE D. ALLISON, the popular and efficient druggist of San Bernardino, is a fine example of that "Noblest work of God," the self-made man. While a very young boy he made up his mind just what he proposed to do with his life, and with a single minded purpose went to work at it, and he gained the success only attained by those who seek earnestly for it. He obtained his education in the school of difficulties, and he certainly holds a graduation diploma from the "College of Experience." He learned by actual work all that most boys learn by theory and in books, and now that he is on the victory side of the battle of life it must be a source of gratification to him, as it is to his friends, that his own indomitable spirit, perseverance and industry placed him in the position he occupies today.

Mr. Allison was born in the City of Clinton, Missouri, on October 1. 1873, his father, Hugh Jackson Allison, being a native of that state. His mother, Elmira (Suman) Allison, was a native of Illinois. His father was a carpenter by trade, but only followed it for a short time, taking up farming and devoting his attention to that occupation until about 1895, when he retired from all active pursuits. He came out to California with his family in 1882, locating: in San Bernardino. He passed on June 13, 1920. He was a democrat in politics, and his sons have followed his political faith. His wife is still living in San Bernardino. They were the parents of eight children: Charles L.. a prominent attorney of San Bernardino; Monte D., the leading druggist; Ella, wife of M. L. Cook, well known mining engineer of San Bernardino, whose story appears elsewhere in this history; Marie, wife of D. S. Newton, of Los Angeles ; Effie G. ; Claude, of San Bernardino ; Harry L., county clerk of San Bernardino County ; Earl L., of San Bernardino.

Monte D. Allison was educated in the public schools of San Bernardino as far as he went in that line of education, for while attending school he commenced the study of drugs and while still very young he left school to go to work in the business. His first employer was F. M. Towne, the pioneer druggist, and here he continued his study of pharmacy. He soon graduated in this and then he worked for Mr. Towne, from 1884 until he was admitted to a partnership, forming the Towne-Allison Drug Company. This firm is incorporated and now has three stores with a very large and constantly increasing patronage, not confined to the city or even the county. Of this company Mr. Allison is the president.

He pins his political faith to the democratic party. He is a member of San Bernardino Lodge, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and of the Free and Accepted Masons.


History of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties 
By: John Brown, Jr., Editor for San Bernardino County 
And James Boyd, Editor for Riverside County 
With selected biography of actors and witnesses of the period 
of growth and achievement.
Volume III, the Western Historical Association, 1922, 
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, ILL

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011