Leigh Andrews , great grandson
HAMILTON ALLAN, M.D.
Oconto County resident 1873 - 1889
Two years later, he married Oconto County native Mary Ann Leigh, daughter of Judge John Leigh and Esther Durgan Leigh, a local pioneering family. Dr. Allen initially practiced medicine in the city of Oconto, and continued during his entire stay with the exception if several months spent in Milwaukee in the late 1870's. He was tapped for his considerable background in education as Superintendant of Schools and in support of the establishment of a county public library system., his medical knowledge and experience as City Physician, and freely gave countless hours of his time to establish and improve the lives of county residents.
Dr. Allan and his family moved to Tacoma, Washington in 1889 where he continued to practice medicine until his retirement in 1907. He and his wife later lived in San Diego, California. Dr. Allan passed away in 1929 at age 85. His wife, Mary Ann Leigh Allan followed him in 1936. They are buried in Tacoma, Washington.
HISTORY OF NORTHERN WISCONSIN - 1881
The city of Oconto was incorporated under chapter 449, P. and L. L.
1869, March 11. It is divided into four wards, the North, South, East
and West, and its system of government is in accord with that of other
cities. Its municipal officers for 1881 are: Mayor, William H. Young;
Clerk, A. M. Martineau; Treasurer, S. W. Ford; Assessor, Peter Don
Levy; Superintendent of Schools and City Physician, Dr. H. Allan;
Marshal, Frank Leroy.
Oconto's educational system consists, as is usual, of a School Board
and a City Superintendent, composed as follows - School Board -
President, W. J. McGee - 0. A. Eilis, James Don Levy and George
Beyer. Superintendent, Dr. Hamilton Allan. J. H. Gould is President of
the Free High-school. There are five schools and ten departments. The
Jefferson school building was built of brick in 1879, at a cost, with
site, of $5,500. It is proposed this Fall to erect a new school edifice at a
cost of $6,000. Of the 7,239 children of school age residing in the city
of Oconto in 1880, 678 attended the public institutions; 329 patronized
private and parochial schools.
HISTORY OF NORTHERN WISCONSIN
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. - Oconto County 1881
County and City Superintendent of Schools, was
born in Ottawa, Canada, Nov. 8, 1844, the son of James and Jane Allan.
He received his preliminary education in the public schools and the Kemptville
Grammar School. In 1862, he became principal of one of the ward institutions.
He then entered the Ottawa Collegiate Institute, graduating in June, 1865,
with the honor of being awarded the Brough gold medal, for superiority
in classics and mathematics. Being appointed a teacher of the classics,
he remained in that capacity until January 1868, when he entered the office
of Dr. James A. Grant, as a medical student. Removing to Montreal,
he entered McGill University. and, taking the full four years' course,
graduated in the spring of 1872. Dr. Allan retired with the highest
honors, receiving The Holmes gold medal for the best examination in all
the branches, both primary and final. Having obtained his diploma,
he settled in Smith's Falls, near Brockville,
Central Canada, and took charge of Dr. Anderson's
practice, that gentleman being absent in
the Old Country, After practicing his profession
successfully one year, in the Spring of
1873, he came to Oconto. He first formed
a partnership with Dr. I. S.
Johnson, and remained with him one
year. He then bought his partner's
interest in the business, and established
himself alone.n Dr. Allan has since resided in Oconto, with the
exception of nine months in 1877-78, which he spent in Milwaukee. He has
not only built up a successful practice, but has established a reputation
as an efficient educator. This is his third year as City Physician,
also as City Superintendent of Schools. He has been Countv Superintendent
since 1879; is one of the foremost in the formation and
maintenance of a library; is, in fact, what his education has made
him, an intelligent, clear-headed, popular and successful gentleman.
Dr. Allan was married in 1875, to Mary, daughter of Hon. John Leigh, of
Leighton, Oconto County (Wisconsin). They have one son.
Oconto County postcards from the collection of Dr. Hamilton Allan.
Main Street, city of Oconto, looking east
St Mark's Church, city of Oconto
First Presbyterian Church, city of Oconto
Sunset On Green Bay, at Oconto, Wisconsin