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Chase County Obituaries

1863 - 2002

Allen, Thomas Gurney

T. G. Allen Died Monday

Probate Judge T. G. Allen died at his home in this city Monday, November 6, 1933 following an illness of only five days. Thursday Judge Allen suffered a cerebral hemorrhage just as he was about to retire for the night. He never rallied from this stroke and remained unconscious and partly paralyzed until his death. On the day he was stricken he had appeared in his usual health. He had been at his office all day and that evening had played for some time with his little grandson, the baby of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Allen, before he prepared to go to bed.

The funeral services were held at the Allen home at 10:00 o'clock Wednesday morning, Rev. F. M. Scott, pastor of the Cottonwood Falls Presbyterian church, being in charge of the service. Interment was made in Prairie Grove cemetery.

Pallbearers were all county officials and were J. R. McKenzie, Victor A. Bocook, R. B. Frew, H. C. O'Reilly, A. L. Deering, and Gerald Lutz.

Thomas Gurney Allen was born February 15, 1857, at Friendsville, Tennessee, the son of Thomas Norris Allen and Elizabeth Morgan Allen. He passed away at his home in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, November 6, 1933, at the age of 76 years, eight months. and 22 days.

In 1864, Thomas N. Allen, Judge Allen's father, sold his plantation near Friendsville, and moved to Ackworth, Iowa. From Iowa, the family came to Kansas in 1866, settling at Toledo, the old Quaker community two miles north of where Saffordville is now located, where they engaged in farming and stock raising.

At the age of seventeen, Mr. Allen returned to Ackworth, Iowa, where he attended school at the Friends Academy. He then returned to this county, where he began what was to become a life of more than half a century devoted to public service as an educator and counselor.

On February 15, 1881, Mr. Allen was married to Lottie V. Brown, also of Chase county, and for several years after their marriage, they made their home at Toledo. In 1891, they removed to Cottonwood Falls, which has since been their home. For many years Mr. Allen taught in various schools in Chase county and during that time he also served three terms as county superintendent of schools, first in 1894 and 1895, and again from 1902 to 1906, when he again entered the school room. He taught until 1918, when he was elected probate judge, which office he has held for eight consecutive terms.

On February 15, 1931, Mr. and Mrs. Allen celebrated their golden wedding anniversary and this was a day of much happiness for them, when they were surrounded by their children, who came to help them celebrate the event.

Mr. Allen is survived by his widow, Lottie V, Allen, and eight children, Miss Edna Allen, of Craig, Nebraska; Burton, Ben, and Edwin Allen, of Kansas. City, Mo.; Robin Allen, of Amarillo, Texas; Mrs. Lenore Smith, Mrs. Elsie Fisk, and Dale Allen, of Cottonwood Falls, also one sister, Mrs. Bettie Stanley, who has made her home with her brother and family for the past three years. Mr. Allen also leaves ten grandchildren.

He was a birthright. member of the Friends church; to which belief, the faith of his fathers, he clung and exemplified throughout his long and useful life. He was a kind and devoted husband and father. and a friend to all.

The following poem was found among Mr. Allen's private papers and no doubt his thoughts were in keeping with the poem.

It may be in the springtime bright, When I go home.
It may be when the earth is white, When I go home;
But wether it be dark or bright,
I know that it will be all right, When I go home.
Let there be not one sigh or tear, When I go home.
No trace of grief nor sign of fear, When I go home.
I shall lie down in perfect peace,
Glad to obtain such sweet release, When I go home.
My savior and my friend I'll meet, When I go home;
My happiness will be complete, When I go home;
And so no emblem of despair,
Should anyone around me wear, When I go home.
I want no words of sad farewell, When I go home;
Nay, rather let grand anthems swell, When I go home;
"At eventide it shall be light,"
For where I go there'll be no night, When I go home.

Chase County Leader-News, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, Nov 06, 1933

Chase County Death Notices and Obituaries,
compiled and abstracted from the Chase County Courant and Chase County Leader Newspapers
by your Chase County Host, Lorna Marvin.
Please submit your obituaries and death notices.

Chase County Host
Lorna Marvin

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