John A. Alleman, cashier of the First National Bank at Thayer, Kan., and a well known and respected citizen of Neosho county, has spent nearly thirty-five years of a busy, useful life in that county. Judge Alleman is a native of Pennsylvania, born to Henry K. and Susanna (Sager) Alleman, July 9, 1852. Henry K. Alleman also was born in Pennsylvania but brought his family to Illinois in 1860, and to Kansas in 1870. He located in Neosho county, where he resumed his occupation of farming and was thus engaged until his death there, in 1900. He was a stanch Republican and took a great interest in local political affairs. Both parents were members of the United Brethren church. Henry Alleman, grandfather of Judge Alleman, was born in Pennsylvania, in which state the Alleman family was first established by an emigrant of that name from France who settled there in the early part of the Eighteenth Century, on land which still is owned by a branch of the family. Frederick Sager, maternal grandfather of Judge Alleman, was a native of Pennsylvania and spent his entire life in that state. Others of his descendants besides Judge Alleman are now residents of Neosho county, Kansas.
Judge John A. Alleman received his earlier education in Illinois. After the family's removal to Kansas he attended the University of Kansas two years, completing his studies there in 1877. Upon leaving the university he resumed teaching, in which profession he had previously engaged, and taught twelve years in Neosho county. He then entered the mercantile business, in which he continued seventeen years. While in business he was also county commissioner six years and, in 1906, was elected probate judge of Neosho county, in which office he served four years. He is now cashier of the First National Bank of Thayer, which was established in 1909 as a national bank, with $25,000 capital. He has been very successful throughout his business career and has accumulated much valuable farm property. The Republican party has always had in Judge Alleman a stanch advocate and friend, and Neosho county has had a progressive citizen whose influence has always been lent in the direction of furthering the best interests of the county and its citizens, among whom there is none more respected and esteemed than he.
In 1884 Judge Alleman married Mary, a daughter of Jacob Keller, who was a native of Ohio and a resident of that state until his death. To Judge and Mrs. Alleman have been born three children: Stella is the wife of E. K. Bonebrake; Earl graduated, from Campbell College, Holton, Kan., in 1911; and Harry is now in college. Both Judge and Mrs. Alleman are members of the United Brethren church.Pages 1275-1276 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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