Harry Herrick Allen was born June 21, 1850, in
Sparta, White County, Tennessee. His early education was
received in the public schools in Washington, Ky., and in the High
School at Chillicothe, and finished with a course in Antioch
College, Yellow Springs, Ky. In 1871 he engaged in the lumber
business in Michigan, where he remained for six years, coming to
Missouri in 1877. He secured a position in the Auditor's
office of the "Katy" Railroad in Sedalia, and filled a
similar position in St. Louis, when the Missouri Pacific absorbed
part of the "Katy," and moved the offices to Mound
City. Mr. Allen resigned in 1881, however, and started in
the lumber business in Sedalia. In 1889 he
came to Kansas City and engaged in the loan and real estate
He is at present Secretary of the
Convention Bureau, and Secretary of the Karnival Krewe, and is a
prominent figure in ever public enterprise. In 1896-97 Mr.
Allen served as Grand Chancellor of the Knights of Pythias, was for
ten years Quartermaster of the Missouri Brigade, and this is his
eight year as Supreme Representative.
He is also a Knight Templar, a
thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason, and for six
years has been Recorder of Ararat Temple, Mystic Shrine.
Mr. Allen married Miss Dollie Evans in
Sedalia December 16, 1880, and they have two sons, Edwin and Harry