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Abstract of obituary published in Evansville Press, 9 May 1957




Mt. Vernon, Ind. (Special)


Abijah Allyn age 76- one of leaders of move to build Wabash Memorial Bridge. Died at St. Mary's Hospital, Evansville (8 May 1957), while hospitalized for treatment of heart condition.


Prominent real estate man and land owner in Posey Co., IN.


Born in Omaha, IL, moved to Mt. Vernon (Posey Co.) about 50 years ago.


Memberships: Hadi Temple Shrine (Evansville), Mt. Vernon Masons and Elks, General Baptist Church, director of Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce


Survivors: wife Emma B. (Wolfinger) Allyn, daughters Mrs. Lorel Simpson and Miss Ruth Allyn; sons Louis and Otis B. all of Mt. Vernon area. Half-sister Mrs. Walker Schwartz of Carbondale, IL.


Funeral Saturday at 2:30 at Short-Niehaus, burial at Bellefontaine Cemetery.



Abijah Allen, 75 whose driving energy and sound sense of valued coupled with an optimistic outlook on all undertaking aligned with progress and advancement in Mt. Vernon, Posey County and the Tri-State had achieved in farming, finance and civic affairs, died at 10:20 o'clock late night at St. Mary's Hospital in Evansville.


Mr. Allyn entered the hospital two weeks ago last Monday from his home at 903 Walnut street suffering with a heart condition that previously had hospitalized him in February and early March.  During the interval between the two period of hospitalization, however, he had resumed to some extend his business activities.


Few individuals had exerted great influence on the Mt. Vernon community in so many spheres of endeavor.


The body is at short-Niehaus Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.  It will remain there through the funeral service to be conducted in Short-Niehaus chapel at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.  burial will be in Bellefontaine cemetery.


Surviving are the wife, nee Emma Wolfinger, whose marriage to Mr. Allyn took place 53 years ago last October; two daughters, Mrs. Lorel Simpson, R. R. 1, Mt. Vernon, and Miss Ruth E. Allyn, at home; two sons, Louis E. Allyn, R. R. 2, farmer and Attorney Otis B. Allyn, Mt. Vernon; six grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Walker Schwartz, Carbondale, Ill. two brothers are deceased.


The late deceased's business ventures were as varied as they were successful.  In the throes of the depression in the late 1920's and early 1930's he recuperated his finances by engaging in a widespread purchase and sale of mules for farming operations -- and undertaking which remained through the rest of his life as one of his most memorable experiences.  The return of normal times found him alert to the future of agriculture and he added year after year to extensive agriculture interests.  From agriculture he branches into finance, service for many years as secretary of the Posey county national Farm Loan Association affiliated with the Federal Land Bank.  Later, he became a farm loan agent of Prudential Insurance Co., and as the years progressed he became a lender of money, particularly for home ownership, in his own right.


His civic interests were equally as varied and successful.  the was twice president of Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce and a director for many years, a position he held at the time of his death.  He was a diligent member of the original Wabash bridge committee of Mt. Vernon C. O C. devoting with his cohort on the bridge committee, Malcom W. Fuhrer, years of efforts to securement of Wabash Memorial bridge.


He was a member of the Mt. Vernon Board of School Trustees from 1952 to 1955 and served as president of the board for two years and secretary for one year.


As president of Mt. Vernon Realty Co., he pioneered the opening of local residential subdivisions which have in recent years transformed Mt. Vernon into a city of modern homes.  Mr. Vernon Realty Co., opened the first residential subdivision of the current home building era in the southeast part of the city.


He was one of the most devoted Masons in this locality affiliating with Beulah lodge No. 578, Free & Accepted Masons, in early 1912 and later become a member of Sunbeam chapter No 1, Order of Eastern Star; Mt. Vernon chapter No. 73, Royal Arch Masons Mt. Vernon council, No. 91, Royal & Select Mason's Evansville Scottish Rite Consistory of 32nd degree Masons; Hadi Shrine Temple of Evansville Posey county Shrine Club, and Two Rivers Sword of Bunker Hill.  At his passing, he held the offices of king in Mt. Vernon R.A.M. chapter and conductor of council in Mt. Vernon R. & S. M council.  He had been a trustee of Beulah lodge without interruption since 1947.


His religious affiliation was with Mt. Pleasant General Baptist Church.


Long a leader in Republican politics he viewed as a crowning event of his party service attendance of President Eisenhower first inauguration in Washington.


During World War II while his son, Attorney Allyn, was in military service, he was busy in the affairs of American War Dads.


The deceased was a native of Omaha, Ill. a son of Otis Allyn and Ann Thompson Allyn, Posey county natives of pioneer.






Originally submitted by Betty Sellers