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William Allen was born on 6th January, 1901. He joined the family publishing empire and eventually became chairman of David Allen and Sons.
A member of the Ulster Unionist Party, Allen was elected to the House of Commons in the 1929 General Election. Allen joined the New Party that had been established by Oswald Mosley in 1931. Early supporters included Robert Forgan, John Strachey, John Becket, Harold Nicholson and A. K. Chesterton, but in the 1931 General Election none of the New Party's candidates were elected.
In January 1932, Mosley met Benito Mussolini in Italy. Mosley was impressed by Mussolini's achievements and when he returned to England he disbanded the New Party and replaced it with the British Union of Fascists (BUF). Allen was a major financial backer of the BUF and provided money for setting up a pro-Nazi radio station in Britain. However, later it was discovered that like William Joyce, Allen was providing evidence on the organization to MI5.
On the outbreak of the Second World War Allen left the British Union of Fascists and served in the British Army (1940-42) and worked as a press attaché in Beirut, Baghdad and Ankara (1943-45).
William Allen died on 18th September, 1973.
William Allen was born in Lolo, Montana, near Missoula, on September 1, 1900. His father was a prosperous mining engineer and his mother was a suffragist and prohibitionist who closed three saloons and built a church. He attended the University of Montana where, by his own admission he "spent a lot of time sitting around sorority houses" (Rodgers, 75). He received a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1925 and found a job as a staff lawyer for the firm of Donworth, Todd, and Higgins in Seattle.
One of the law firm's clients was the Boeing Airplane Co., and Allen was assigned to handle the tiny company's legal affairs. In 1928, Allen drew up the legal papers for the merger of Boeing Air Transport and Pacific Air Transport into what would become United Air Lines. He took care of United's legal affairs too. In 1930, Allen joined the Boeing Board of Directors and became legal counsel while still working for the law firm. He became a partner in 1939 and the firm became Todd, Holman, Sprague & Allen. Historian Eugene Rodgers described Allen as "a brown-eye, brown-haired, slender man . slightly jug-eared, ruddy, and balding." "Seemingly born in black shoes and a dark blue three-piece suit, he was a stereotypical archconservative Republican" (Rodgers, 74-76). In 1927, Allen married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Dixon, in Missoula. They moved to The Highlands, a gated community north of Seattle, and had two daughters, but in 1943 Dorothy died of cancer. The loss devastated Allen.
In September 1944, Boeing President Philip Johnson died suddenly and the Board of Directors searched for a replacement, someone who could bridge the gulf that had grown between the engineering and manufacturing staffs in the hectic war years. Allen turned down the offer of the position. He argued that he was a lawyer and not an engineer, nor an industrial specialist, nor a financier. He felt unqualified and the charismatic Johnson left a large pair of shoes to fill. Acting President Claire Egtvedt pressed Allen and he accepted the presidency on March 23, 1945. Allen could not leave his law firm until the following September because so many lawyers were in military service. His desire to remake his life without Dorothy made the offer from Boeing all the more intriguing.
Allen took over the company at a critical time. Contracts for the Boeing B-17s and B-29s that pummeled German and Japanese cities into dust and ash were being canceled and assembly lines sputtered to a halt. Employment in Seattle fell from 35,000 (one in six Seattle residents) to 6,000, and in Wichita from 16,000 to 1,500. Boeing was almost completely out of business.
But the civilian aviation industry was poised for expansion with wartime developments like four-engined Lockheed Constellation and Douglas DC-4. Navigational aids and avionics helped overcome the limitations of weather. Hundreds of long concrete runways all over the U.S. and around the world, and thousands of less permanent airports provided the infrastructure for scheduled air service virtually everywhere on the planet. Hundreds of thousands of engineers, pilots, navigators, and mechanics who built and flew warplanes stood ready to beat these aluminum swords into plowshares of transportation. Millions of Americans became accustomed to crossing the continent by air in less than a day. They were unlikely to return to the railroads for travel.
Boeing’s first post-war bid to profit from airline travel was the Model 377 Stratocruiser adapted from the B-29 bomber. Originally designed to be an in-flight tanker and military transport, it offered range and room that seemed ideal for non-stop transcontinental and trans-oceanic airline service. But, despite the Stratrocruiser’s impressive performance, Boeing sold only 55 planes. The company did succeed with military designs for the B-47 and B-52 jet bombers and by 1947, the company was in the black again.
During the 1948 strike by the International Association of Machinists, Allen earned a reputation as anti-labor. When it came to the IAM contract, he was determined to abolish a seniority system established during the war years that allowed unqualified senior workers to bump junior people. This played havoc with production. Allen would have preferred to deal with Dave Beck’s Teamsters who tried to organize the machinists. The 140-day walkout resulted in a defeat for the Teamsters, a win for the company, and enduring acrimony between the union and management. Outwardly Bill Allen was a shy man, though he was quite compassionate privately. Bill Allen’s reserved demeanor reinforced his image as an unfeeling corporate technician, so unlike predecessor Johnson who frequently strolled across the shop floor and spoke to workers.
Bill Allen could be an inspiring speaker and he was very comfortable representing the industry before the public and before Congressional committees. As Historian Robert J. Serling put it, "’Allen of Boeing’ seemed to command instinctive respect, a kind of immediate admission that any scandal-seeking congressman was going to get his fingers burned if he tried tangling with this symbol of industrial integrity" (Serling, 71).
Allen required that Boeing employees could not accept free rides or even free meals from airline customers and he warned his sales force of the limits in courting customers with gratuities. Although he drank socially, he forbade the serving of alcoholic beverages on company property. He encouraged employees to use a variety of airline carriers to avoid the appearance of playing favorites. But he preferred to use Northwest Airlines himself, even while making a sales call on United Air Lines.
Allen’s conservative lifestyle extended to Boeing’s outward image as well. Instead of building a landmark world headquarters in downtown Seattle, Allen stuck with the almost-industrial office building at Boeing Field. He was sensitive to the idea that Seattle might be perceived as a company town for the aerospace giant. At the same time, he encouraged Boeing workers to get involved in the community and in 1954, the Seattle Association of Realtors named him Seattle's First Citizen.
In the early 1950s, Boeing was not a player in the commercial airplane market. Douglas and Lockheed had the best propeller-driven designs, but Boeing commanded the field of large jet military aircraft. When Bill Allen heard that Lockheed might be working on a jet airliner, he ordered preliminary work on Boeing's response and set about soliciting development funding from airlines. Airlines were cautious about the costs and safety of the new technology -- DeHavilland's jet Comet in 1949 proved economically indifferent and ultimately unsafe. The U.S. Air Force would not nibble on the idea of a jet tanker and even many Boeing executives were leery of the commercial airplane business. Allen felt differently. After he took a ride in a jet B-47 in Wichita in 1950, he found the DC-6 prop plane he took to Chicago to be impossibly slow.
Boeing profits from military contracts in the early 1950s created tax problems for the corporation. Conventional wisdom argued in favor of improving the company for the tax write-off. In 1954, Allen elected to quietly devote $16 million (a tax savings of 82 cents on the dollar) to develop a jet airliner and an air refueling tanker which no one yet seemed interested in buying. This became the Boeing 707. The week that the 707 prototype took its maiden flights in July 1954, Allen appeared on the cover of Time magazine which cited three main attributes, "He knew when to gamble. He trusted his designers. He knew how to forge a team" (The Seattle Times).
When test pilot Tex Johnson performed an unannounced barrel roll in the prototype for thousands of fans at the hydroplane races on Lake Washington in July 1955, Allen at first thought there might have been something wrong with the airplane. When Johnson admitted he had rolled on purpose, Allen became angry. In 1977, Allen told an audience, "It has taken nearly 22 years for me to reach the point where I can discuss the event with a modicum of humor" (Serling, 131). The 707 became one of Boeing's most enduring legacies with almost 2,000 airframes produced for civilian and military use over the next four decades.
Allen entertained aviation industry giants at the annual meetings of the Aircraft Industries Association at his home in The Highlands. In 1948, he married Margaret Ellen "Mef" Field and together they raised his two daughters. He loved to golf, and he smoked a pipe until Mef told him to do it out of her presence. Then he quit. He helped organize United Good Neighbor, later United Way. Mef Allen was very active in the community as well and she served for more than 20 years as a trustee for Children's Orthopedic Hospital.
In 1968 as Allen approached his 68th birthday, he retired as president and moved up to Chairman of the Board. In 1970, he came back for a few months to take over from President T. A. Wilson after Wilson's nearly-fatal heart attack. In 1972, Allen retired from the company completely and served as chairman emeritus and honorary chairman. In 1975, Allen was named to Fortune magazine's Hall of Fame. He died on October 29, 1985, after suffering for several years from Alzheimer's.
Bill Allen's leadership and community service are acknowledged by the Boeing Company's William Allen Award for outstanding volunteer service by a Boeing Employee, and the William Allen Lectureship endowment at Whitman College.
The first journalism course was offered at KU in 1891, and journalism classes have been taught continuously since 1903. In 1909, Chancellor Frank Strong authorized a new department of journalism within the College of Arts and Sciences. The journalism program retained that status for many years.
In 1944, after the death of William Allen White, the world-famous editor of the Emporia Gazette, the Kansas Board of Regents established the William Allen White School of Journalism and Public Information. The school was among the first group of journalism programs to achieve national accreditation in 1948. In 1982, the name of the school was changed to the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
The school moved into its present building in 1952, when it was renamed Flint Hall in honor of Leon "Daddy" Flint, a longtime teacher and department chair. The building was again renamed Stauffer-Flint Hall in recognition of a $1 million contribution for complete remodeling by Oscar Stauffer of Topeka. Stauffer-Flint contains classrooms, computer labs, faculty offices, the school's main administrative offices, and the advising and recruitment offices. In August of 2012, the Richard C. Clarkson Gallery and the Center for Excellence in Health Communication to Underserved Populations opened in the space previously occupied by the University Daily Kansan.
In 1990, the school's Radio-Television sequence moved into a section of the newly built Dole Center for Human Development, with more classroom space, labs, editing bays and faculty offices. The Dole Center contained production studios for KUJH-TV and the Digital Jayhawk. In 2010, the University Daily Kansan news and advertising staffs were moved to the Dole Center as well. In Fall 2014, the School opened The Agency, a student-run strategic brand and marketing communications advertising agency.
In 2019, Stauffer-Flint underwent a $5 million renovation, which created a new plaza and front door and extensive remodeling of the first and third floors when it opened in 2020. The first floor, which housed classrooms, a conference room and faculty offices, is now the new home for the University Daily Kansan, Media Crossroads and KUJH News. Those student media organizations had been located in the Dole Human Development Center and Anschutz Library.
The renovated first floor also includes state-of-the-art media technology, a 39-foot ticker that displays news and events, and large screen monitors that will broadcast national, local and student media news programs. The main floor also features flex space designed for students to gather and study, including bar-level seating along the north wall facing Jayhawk Boulevard.
The third floor of Stauffer-Flint, which held tightly configured faculty offices and a conference room, was renovated into an open-concept classroom space and an updated conference room.
The renovation project also addressed some critical maintenance and safety needs for the building, which is more than 120 years old. The elevator and HVAC system were replaced, and a fire sprinkler system has been installed.
Establishes seminary at Douai
Allen was ordained a priest in Belgium, and he began to teach theology in the Catholic college in Malines (now Mechlin). In 1560 he was appointed a professor of divinity at the University of Douai, a Catholic institution that had been founded by King Philip II (1527–1598 see entry) of Spain in 1559. As was the case in Louvain, many English Catholics had found their way to this university in order to continue studying for the priesthood. Seeing a need to unite these English students in their own particular college, Allen traveled to Rome in 1567. He hoped to persuade the pope to allow him to establish a seminary, a type of college that trained men for the priesthood, specifically for English students in Europe. The priests who graduated from this seminary could then return to England once Catholicism was restored there. The pope agreed, and Allen returned to Douai, a city that is now part of northern France but was then under Spanish rule, to open his new seminary.
Within just a few years, more than 150 students were enrolled at Allen's seminary. In addition to Latin, they studied Greek and Hebrew, the original languages in which the Bible was written. Allen instituted this course of study to make sure that students would not be influenced by Anglican ideas about the scriptures, some of which might be found in the Latin translations of the Bible. Seminary students read through the Old Testament, the first half of the Bible, at least twelve times. They read through the entire New Testament, the second portion of the Bible, at least sixteen times. Allen believed that this rigorous course of study would, as quoted in Alice Hogge's God's Secret Agents: Queen Elizabeth's Forbidden Priests and the Hatching of the Gunpowder Plot, ensure that his priests would "all know better how to prove our doctrines by argument and to refute the contrary opinion."
Allen and the other professors wrote and published numerous articles about theology. One of the most important scholarly works to come from the seminary at Douai was an English translation of the Bible. The New Testament portion was published in 1582, and the Old Testament translation was completed in 1609. The Douai Bible, based on the Latin translation of original Hebrew texts, became the Catholic Church's official English version of the Bible.
In 1576 the pope asked Allen to help establish a second English seminary, this one to be located in Rome. Allen accepted this assignment and then returned to Douai. But the situation there was no longer safe. The English government had reportedly sent spies to Europe to assassinate Allen. In addition, Spain was growing increasingly distrustful of England, and Belgian authorities began to believe rumors that students at the Douai seminary were undercover agents of the queen. In 1578 the students were expelled from Douai, and Allen was forced to move the seminary to Rheims, in France.
William Allen - History
William Allen Flint and Elizabeth Slack
William Allen Flint was born Sept. 4, 1820, at Bolehill near Worksworth, Derbyshire, England. He married Elizabeth Slack. He died after a long illness in his old home in Layton, Davis, Utah, on April 25, 1895. Age at time of his death was 74 years, 9 months, 21 days. He was buried in the Kaysville Cemetery.
Elizabeth Slack, wife of William Allen Flint, was born Dec. 14, 1817, at Middleton, Derbyshire, England. She died at her old home in Layton, Davis, Utah, on Oct. 21, 1878. She was buried in the Kaysville Cemetery. Age at time of her death, 60 years, 10 months, 9 days. She suffered many hardships and trials. She never saw any of her relatives after leaving England. She and her husband were among the early pioneers of Utah.
- Sarah Flint, born Jan. 11, 1841, at Bolehill, Derbyshire, England. Died July 20, 1851, at St. Joseph, Missouri, at the age of 10 years, 6 months, 9 days. She died of cholera.
- Robert Flint, born May 23, 185 1, at Bolehill, Derbyshire, England. Died April 3, 185 1, at St. Joseph, Missouri. Age at the time of death, 8 years, I month, 8 days.
- Samuel Flint, born May 23, 1845, at Bolehill, Derbyshire, England. Died July 17, 185 1, at St. Joseph, Missouri. Age at the time of death, 6 years, I month, 24 days.
- Amelia Flint, born April 12, 1847, at Bolehill, Derbyshire, England. Died at her home in Blackfoot, Idaho, Feb. 8, 1915, of pneumonia after having struggled with La Grippe since Nov. 20, 1914. Was buried in Blackfoot cemetery on Feb. 11, 1915. Age at time of death, 67 years, 9 months, 26 days. Married Thomas Heber Hodson of Kaysville, Utah, in 1875. She was the mother of seven children, six of her own and raised a niece, Letitia Flint, whose own mother died soon after her birth- She was never legally adopted.
- Elizabeth Flint, born Sept. 20, 1849, at Bolehill, Derbyshire, England. Died June 25, 185 1, at St. Joseph, Missouri. Age at time of death, I year, 9 months, 5 days.
- Mary Ann Flint, born April 19, 1852, at St. Joseph, Missouri. Died Aug. 22, 1852, in the same place. Age at time of death 4 month, 3 days.
- William Flint, born Jan. 15, 1854, at Salt Lake City, Utah. Married Rebecca Hodson. After her death, he married Eliza Beesley. Death date not known.
- Letitia Ann Flint, born Sept. 15, 1859, at Spanish Fork, Utah. Was born at the time of the move south and was born in a wagon box. Times were very hard and trying. She died at Kaysville, Utah, Jan. 11, 1873. Age at the time of her death, 13 years, 3 months, 26 days.
Written by Fay Hodson Hancock in possession of Van Hodson.
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Civil War service [ edit | edit source ]
After Alabama passed its Ordinance of Secession and Fort Sumter was fired upon, Allen enlisted in the newly raised Confederate army and was elected as a lieutenant in Company A, Montgomery Mounted Rifles. The following year, when the state organized the 1st Alabama Cavalry, Allen became its first major on March 18, 1862, and saw action at the Battle of Shiloh in April along the Tennessee River. He was subsequently promoted to colonel of the regiment before the Kentucky Campaign, and led the 1st Alabama Cavalry at the Battle of Perryville, where he received a slight wound. Later that year, he was severely wounded in the Battle of Murfreesboro while in command of a brigade. ΐ]
Out of action for several months while recuperating, Allen returned to field duty in early 1864. On February 26 of that year, he was promoted to brigadier general and took command of a brigade of cavalry at Dalton, Georgia. His brigade was composed of the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 9th, 12th, and 51st Alabama Cavalry regiments, and they served in the corps of Joseph Wheeler in the Army of Tennessee. Allen led the brigade throughout the Alabama Campaign. In August, a Georgia cavalry brigade was added to Allen's force, and later, Anderson's Brigade. Allen, now in charge of a full division, participated in the Atlanta Campaign in the summer, as well as contesting Sherman's March to the Sea.
In early 1865, Allen's Division fought in the Carolinas Campaign, during which President Jefferson Davis appointed him as a major general. Allen and his men surrendered at Salisbury, North Carolina, on May 3.
William Allen - History
New York, Ontario, Canada, and Michigan
We know that our ancestor, William Allen was born in the state of New York. All the documentation in our possession states this fact. We find him first in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada, where he met Emeline Webster. He married her either in that county, or in Newcastle, Durham County, close by. The children ( as far as we have so far discovered) were all born in Clarke Township, which includes Newcastle, Durham County.
Emeline Webster was a daughter of Norman and Mary Anna (Hyde) Webster. She was born December 3, 1804 in Deerfield, Oneida County, NY. The family went from Oneida County to Ballston Spa, in Saratoga County, NY. From there we lose track of them. The next time we "see" them, they are in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. The Webster Genealogy tells us just about when they went up there, for we see in the book that they were in Picton, Ontario by 1819. Since Mercy Ann Allen marrried in July of 1820, perhaps she knew William Allen in NY before the family moved to Picton. Apparently William Allen was in Picton, too, when they met.
This line weaves its' way back to the Mayflower, to the Pilgrims first Governor, William Brewster, through the Hyde, Cleveland, Freeman Prence and Brewster lines.
William Allen was born in 1792, probably in May. This date was calculated from his age at death, which gave his age in years and months.
We have the history of the Webster Family available in print, but no such advantage do we have for our William Allen. He married Emeline on 21 July 1820 1n 1832 there are two other marriages listed in the London District of Ontario, which would be west of Newcastle, between Newcastle and Port Huron, Michigan:
Dec. 2, 1832, James C. Allen married Angeline Allen. Witnesses were
Smith Varney & Mary Varney,
Dec. 23, 1832, George S. Allen married Elizabeth Clements. Witnesses were: William Clements and Emeline M. Allen !
Could these two Allen men be in some way related to our William Allen?
One might think so when you notice that George married a CLEMENTS, and Emeline M. Allen witnessed that marriage. Was this Emeline, our Emeline Webster Allen? What was her middle name? Did our Emeline Webster have a middle initial "M" ? Could this "M" stand for "Minerva" or "Mahala"?
And notice that two other Clements-Allen marriages occurred in our Allen family. Not in Canada, but in Michigan, where the Clement family lived near to our Allen family. It looks to me as though we may have overlooked a possible connection here between the Allens we seek and this Clement family. It could be a co-incidence, but it's worth checking out. I might add here that Clement and Clements are often intertwined and used in the same family.
William Allen and family came to Michigan in about 1861,when William purchased land at the Land Office in Isabella County. We learn that
Some of the family returned to Canada . In Roger Scott's obituary, it states that he was born in Mecosta County, but that the family returned to the old home place in Canada and remained there for several years. Roger Scott was a son of Peter and Emeline (Allen) Scott. The Garrett family lived in Canada for some time after 1861 as well. More in this family later.
William and Emeline (Webster) Allen raised a large family. From what we can learn through sharing family information, all or most of the children were born in Newcastle, Durham County, Ontario, Canada. The Webster genealogy gave the names of the children, but they left out Minerva and Louisa Allen.!
Searching death records Connie Sheehy found Minerva's death and on the certificate it says that her parents were William J. and Emeline Allen!!
I looked , June , Pam, and Linda looked , but we trusted that the Webster genealogy had it right, so we really weren't looking for a Minerva. Linda had records mentioning a Nervie, Minerva, Nerva, which indicated the name Minerva. And my grandmother was Sarah Minerva Eastman, grand-daughter of William and Emeline. So we all need to re-do our charts to include Minerva. I had out the pages from the Webster genealogy, and lo and behold, they'd left out Louisa, too, and we know she was a child of William and Emeline. The Webster genealogy, like most genealogies written back in the 1880's depended on family information. Still, it was a difficult project to put a book together with out some omissions and error. By and large, the Webster genealogy is very well done and accurate .
The children and their information follows:
b. July 21, 1823 Newcastle, Durham, Ontario, Canada
m. Nov. 8, 1842 Clarke Twp, Durham, Ontario, Canada
d. Aug 4, 1905 St Chrles, Kane Co., IL
Spouse: Samuel Eastman (Aug 4, 1819 - 16 Dec 1893)
b. Apr 15, 1825 Newcastle, Durham, Ontario, Canada
b. Jan 9, 1827 Newcastle, Durham, Ontario, Canada
d. Oct 14, 1915 Mt Pleasant, Isabella Co., MI
buried: Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, MI
b. Feb. 14, 1829 Durham County, Ontario, Canada
d. Snohomish, WA bur. GAR Cemetery, Snohomish,
b. Dec 8, 1830 Durham Co., Ontario, Canada
b. June 19, 1833 Durham Co. Ontario, Canada
d. June 19, 1833 Durham Co. Ontario, Canada
b. May 31, 1836 Durham Co. Ontario, Canada
b. June 18, 1838 Durham Co., Ontario, Canada
d. Aug 10, 1915 Millbrook, Mecosta Co., MI
b. Aug 4, 1840 Durham Co., Ontario, Canada
m. Feb 9, 1868 Wheatland Twp. Mecosta Co. MI
Spouse: Versilda Marian Clement (1849-1888
b. May 5, 1842 Durham Co, Ontario, Canada
m. Oct 8, 1870 Montcalm Co., MI
d. Apr 4, 1918 Mecosta Co., MI
Spouse: Benson E, Brown (Sep 20 1845- Mar 14, 1929)
m. 20 Dec 1867 Wheatland Twp., Mecosta Co., MI
Spouse: Sarah E. Clement (1852- Maay 17, 1910)
b. 1845 Durham Co., Ontario, Canada
m. 9 May 1869 Mecosta Co., MI
Spouse: Clarence Hulett (1844-Nov 27, 1870)
b. Jan 17, 1846 Durham Co., Ontario, Canada
d.. 17 Feb. 1869 Mecosta Co., MI
We have family group sheets for some of the above children of Wm. And Emeline Webster Allen. We have them for :
Mercy Ann & Samuel Eastman
Lydia Celinda and Benson E. Brown
Daniel H. and Diana H. Mitter
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Ruth Jane Garver was born in 1895 in Hastings, Nebraska. When Ruth was seven, her mother re-married and the family moved to Topeka. Ruth entered Topeka High School in 1908 and said that even at that young age she "wanted to write and have 12 children." After high school she taught in rural schools. Her successful efforts to bring books to Culver High School led to the high school achieving accreditation. This meant that she was out of a job because she didn't have a teaching certificate. She went to the University of Kansas and in 1922 earned a degree in English.
Even at a young age Ruth displayed an energetic, "can do" attitude. From her time in high school until she graduated from the University of Kansas in 1922 she organized a debating society at Topeka High School and won three prizes in one year in writing contests sponsored by Arthur Capper. She helped organize a student government at the University of Kansas, and fought for students' right to attend downtown dances in Lawrence.
After graduating from KU, she worked for two years at the Emporia Gazette. She was responsible for the "Highbrow Column," a mixture of reviews of art, music, and books. She included reviews of children's books in her column, thus making the Gazette one of the first to review children's books regularly. Ruth Garver Gagliardo founded the William Allen White Children's Book Award.
During her time at the Gazette she developed a warm relationship with William Allen White and his family. She maintained this relationship in subsequent years. When William Allen White died in 1944, Ruth began searching for a proper memorial program involving children and books that would honor him. The White Award was announced April 22, 1952 at the dedication of the William Allen White Library on the Emporia State University campus. The first medal, awarded October 9, 1953 at the Kansas Library Association meeting in Hays, went to Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates. In keeping with the concept of involving the children with the award, Chris Cunningham, a student, presented the award to Yates.
Born in Emporia, Kansas, White moved to El Dorado, Kansas, with his parents, Allen and Mary Ann Hatten White, where he spent the majority of his childhood. While a teenager, White worked as a press apprentice before attending the College of Emporia and the University of Kansas. In 1892, White started work at The Kansas City Star as an editorial writer. On April 27, 1893, White married Sallie Moss Lindsay. The couple moved to Emporia in 1895 and White bought the Emporia Gazette. Here he would earn the nickname “The Sage of Emporia.”
White used the editorial format of his newspaper to share his views on topics of the time. His fiery editorial, "What's the Matter with Kansas?" published in 1896, attacked the Populist movement for its negative influence on the state and gained national attention.
White would later become more sympathetic to the Populists’ viewpoints. It was at this time that White befriended future president Theodore Roosevelt. White’s editorial "To an Anxious Friend," a statement for free speech, earned him the 1923 Pulitzer Prize. White ran an unsuccessful campaign for governor in 1924 based on an anti-Klan platform. The campaign did encourage Kansas to be the first state to outlaw the Klan.
In 1899, William Allen White leased the house and then bought it in 1901. The Whites completed construction on the house, which included expanding the living room to hold the many guests for their famous parties. Sallie White, William Allen White’s wife, chose walnut wood to replace the flooring in the living room. She bought the wood from her brother who owned an orchard farm in Lyon County. Prior to the expansion, the living room area had four different rooms. All the walls were taken out and the space became one open area. The house is recognized for its architecture and contents. William Allen White traveled the world and collected several artifacts over the years that now are valuable antiques and collectibles.
William Allen White lived in the house until his death in Jan. 29, 1944. His son, William Lindsay White, lived in the house after his father, but only for the spring and summer seasons. During the fall and winter, William Lindsay White and his wife, Kathrine White, lived in New York City, where his daughter, Barbara White Walker, went to school.
When Katherine White died in 1988, Barbara White Walker inherited the house. Since then, Walker heated and cooled the house, kept the electricity on and maintained the grounds. The Walker family gave the house to the Kansas State Historical Society in 2001. It is now operated as the William Allen White House State Historic Site.
William B. Allen
Professor William B. Allen is emeritus dean and Professor of Political Philosophy in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University, and 2008-09 Visiting Senior Scholar in the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University. He also served previously on the National Council for the Humanities and as Chairman and Member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He was recently the Ann & Herbert W. Vaughan Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program on American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He is an expert on liberal arts education, its history, importance and problems. He is also Chairman and co-founder of Toward A Fair Michigan, whose mission was to further understanding of the equal opportunity issues involved in guaranteeing civil rights for all citizens, and to provide a civic forum for a fair and open exchange of views on the question of affirmative action.
He has published extensively, most notably, George Washington: A Collection (Liberty Press). In 2008 appeared George Washington: America’s First Progressive (Peter Lang, Inc.), and The Personal and the Political: Three Fables by Montesquieu (UPA). Re-Thinking Uncle Tom: The Political Philosophy of H. B. Stowe was published later in 2008. He previously published Habits of Mind: Fostering Access and Excellence in Higher Education, with Carol M. Allen (Transaction), The Essential Antifederalist, with Gordon Lloyd (Rowman & Littlefield) and The Federalist Papers: A Commentary (Peter Lang). He served previously on the National Council for the Humanities and as chairman and member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
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Allen, Gould, Hill genealogy : descendants of William Allen of Prudence Island, Newport Co., R.I., 1660 : including descendants of Jeremy Gould of Newport, 1638 and Jonathan Hill of Prudence Island, 1657 : with a short history of Quidnesset
Text in book was all from a typewriter, most pages text was faded. Text came very close to the edge of pages.Addeddate 2008-09-03 13:03:32 Call number 31833014953233 Camera Canon 5D Copyright-evidence Evidence reported by CallieLamkin for item allengouldhillge00goul on September 3, 2008: no visible notice of copyright stated date is 1908. Copyright-evidence-date 20080903130242 Copyright-evidence-operator CallieLamkin Copyright-region US External-identifier urn:oclc:record:1039516172 Foldoutcount 0 Identifier allengouldhillge00goul Identifier-ark ark:/13960/t78s4xg1k Openlibrary_edition OL14049886M Openlibrary_work OL10724980W Pages 440 Possible copyright status NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT Ppi 500 Scandate 20080904153143 Scanfactors 4 Scanner scribe7.indiana.archive.org Scanningcenter indiana Year 1908