George W. Allaman, M. D., of Atchison, is a fit example of what ability, integrity and work can accomplish in the west, always the land of opportunity to the man who makes the most of his opportunities. He was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1862. After completing his elementary education he studied at St. Joseph, Mo., and then went to New York city, where he graduated in the Ainsworth Medical College and the New York Polytechnic. His father was a United Brethren preacher, who was minister at different churches in Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri for forty years. After devoting his life to the work of the Lord he was laid to rest in Missouri, and is survived by his wife, who now resides in Atchison. Soon after receiving his degree Dr. Allaman located in Missouri but came to Kansas in 1885, and in 1894 opened an office in Atchison and engaged in the practice of his profession. His conscientious and efficient services have placed him in the front rank of the medical fraternity, while his natural business ability, shrewd far sightedness are attested by his success in both financial and political fields. In 1906 he represented the Second district in the state legislature, where he was recognized as a man of force and character. He was instrumental in the introduction of a bill to prohibit the intermarriage of negroes and whites and is one of the strongest adherents of race legislation. Although a Democrat the Doctor was elected by a flattering majority and has many stanch adherents among the ranks of the Republican party. He was a member of the city council for four years; has been grand master of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows since 1905 and was grand representative of that order in 1907-08. He also belongs to the Knights of Pythias, the Modern Woodmen of America, the Red Men and Modern Brotherhood of America. In the spring of 1909 Dr. Allaman was elected mayor of Atchison by the largest majority ever received by a candidate for that office and his administration was characterized by honesty and efficiency. Many public differences were adjusted, improvements made and the general conditions of the city elevated and benefited during his term in office. Dr. Allaman is a patriotic citizen, enterprising and tireless in his efforts to build up Atchison and see that every person has a just hearing. His attitude toward labor is as well known as his efficiency and every effort is toward the "square deal" for the working man. His policy as city executive was broad and liberal, like the man.
The Doctor has been twice married, first in 1884, to Ida Magill, who had two children: John M., a physician in Kansas City, and Walter R., who is at home in the high school. Mrs. Allaman died March 22, 1907, and on Sept. 9, 1908, the Doctor was united in marriage with Olivia Simpson of Atchison. Mrs. Allaman is a lady of refinement and culture, who is a beautiful home maker and welcomes the many friends of the family, which is one of the best known and most popular in the city.Pages 758-759 from volume III, part 2 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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