ALLEN, JOHN M., M. D. Dr. J. M. ALLEN was born in St. Johnsbury
in 1868. His father, David S. ALLEN, was for many years an employee at
Fairbanks' scale works, and his mother was formerly Abbie ALVORD.
After graduating from St. Johnsbury academy in 1884, one of a class
of sixty-eight, the largest ever graduated, J. M. ALLEN worked several
years as a clerk in the post-office and in other capacities, thus acquiring
the means to complete his education. He began reading medicine with the
late Dr. Gates B. BULLARD, and later entered the medical department of
U. V. M., from which he graduated in the class of '90 and a year later
graduated from Bellevue Hospital Medical college of New York.
He was acting superintendent of Mary FLETCHER hospital at Burlington
for six months, during the illness of Dr. ANDREWS, the superintendent.
In October, 1891, he located at St. Johnsbury, with his office in Republican
block. He married in April, 1893, Miss Winnifred D. HALL of St. Johnsbury,
and bought his residence and office at 24 Railroad street. Dr. ALLEN is
a member of the Vermont State and White Mountain Medical societies, and
American Medical association.
Desiring to secure the best possible equipment, in the fall of 1897
he spent four months in the hospitals of London and Paris under special
instructors, and in the spring of 1898 took a course in surgery and diseases
of women in the Post-graduate Medical college of New York city, and he
has made a successful specialty of the practice of surgery. He is medical
examiner for the United Commercial Travelers, and a dozen or more leading
life insurance companies. He is a member of the board of United States
pension examiners of Caledonia county, and was a member of the examining
board for enlisted volunteers for the Spanish war. Dr ALLEN was the pioneer
in interesting physicians and business men in the project of founding Brightlook
hospital. He is a member of the N. E. O. P., Passumpsic lodge. No 27. F.
and A. M., Hoswell chapter, Royal Arch, and Palestine commandery, Knights
Templar; also of Mount Sinai temple, A. A. O. N. M. of Montpelier.
Source: Successful Vermonters,
William H. Jeffrey, E. Burke, Vermont, The Historical Publishing Company,
1904, page 44-45.
by Tom Dunn January 2003