REV. ROBERT CAMERON
ALLEN.-Well known as minister, lecturer and writer, as well as instructor, Rev. Robert C. Allen is a native of Springfield township, Mercer county, Pennsylvania, born May 4, 1848. He is the son of Samuel and Mary (Gilmore) Allen. The father was a native of Ireland and came to America with his father, Robert Allen, when eight years of age. He is one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of Springfield township.
Rev. Robert C. Allen is one of six children born to his parents. He was reared on the farm, from whence comes the best characters the world over, in both public and private life. He, at first, took advantage of the common schools, and then a select school, at Grove City, taught by Reverend and Mrs. Dickerson. In 1875, he graduated from Westminster College, receiving the degree of A. B. He then engaged in teaching school, following it for some twenty terms. He taught in the public schools, covering a period of about ten years, commencing when but sixteen years of age. He taught and attended school alternately, and with what he earned at teaching. he defrayed his expenses through college. In 1880, he was graduated from the Reformed Presbyterian Seminary at Allegheny City, Pennsylvania. The previous year, he had been licensed to preach, and after his graduation from the seminary he went to Nebraska and was there very instrumental in building up churches of his denomination. He was stationed at Superior for four years, where he built up a good church, and accomplished much missionary work in the far West.
His second pastorate was in Ontario, Canada, where he remained seven years, returning to his native country in 1894, locating at Grove City. During the school years of 1894.-95, he taught in the high school of Grove City, since which he has acted as a supply preacher and has been an extensive traveler, as well as doing much literary writing and lecturing. He has given much study to civil government, ethical and religious subjects. Among his well received lectures are: "Rights-Human and Divine in Civil Government," and "The Bible in Our Public. Schools." Both of these master lectures have been printed in booklet form. He is a clear, logical thinker and a forcible speaker. That courage is one of Rev. Mr. Allen's strong traits of character is illustrated by the following incident:
On one of his tours, and in April, 1908, near St. Louis, Missouri, his train was wrecked and a fellow passenger's leg was caught beneath the car wheel, and the steam from the locomotive was scalding the unfortunate man, who begged to be killed or to have his leg cut off. Rev. Mr. Allen, with a pocket knife, cut off the limb in the face of the steam. The brave act was highly complimented by all who knew it to be true.
In 1878, Rev. Robert C. Allen married Sarah Elizabeth Lytle, who was born and reared in Fort Palmer in the Ligonier Valley, of Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania. By this union, six children, one of whom is deceased, have been born.
Twentieth Century History of Mercer County, 1909, pages 471-472