NICK ALLEN COLLECTION

Manuscript MS-2003.06

1931-1994


SOURCE: Sybil Robinson Allen
SIZE: .3 lf
PROCESSING: BNJ, 2003

 

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Nick Allen, son of Clifford Jackson Allen and Ada Eugene Miller, was born September 1, 1913, in Heard County, Georgia and died July 17, 1994 in Troup County. After graduating in 1934 from Five Points High School in Chambers County, Alabama, he moved to LaGrange to work for Hunter-Owen Funeral Home and Furniture Company. He graduated from Gupton-Jones School of Embalming in 1937 and served the Troup County area as a licensed embalmer and funeral director for Hunter-Allen-Myhand and Striffler-Hamby Mortuary for fifty-six years.

On February 3, 1943, Nick Allen was inducted into the U. S. Army, serving with the Third Army in Europe. He received the Purple Heart. He was a dedicated member of the LaGrange Lions Club for forty-one years and was presented the Melvin Jones Fellow Award, the highest award presented by Lions International, in 1993. In 1996, LaGrange College and the LaGrange Lions Club dedicated the Nick Allen Pavilion on the campus of LaGrange College in his memory. The pavilion is located on the Callaway Campus, just off Forrest Avenue. Nick Allen married Mary Louise Cureton (1912-1993) of Midway, Alabama, in 1939. He married Sybil Lewis Robinson on January 21, 1994.

 

SCOPE/CONTENT:

The major portion of the collection consists of documents and artifacts relating to Nick Allen's service in World War II. Incorporated are histories of the U. S. Third Army, the Second Infantry Regiment, military service orders, various military medals, including the Purple Heart, and Lions Club medals. Information on Five Points High School, news articles, a letter home from Europe (1946), and papers relating to Nick Allen's life are also included.

 

CONTAINER LIST:

Folder 1 Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates, 1913-1994
2 Five Points High School, 1913-1984
3 Gupton-Jones School of Embalming, transcript, 1937
4 "History of the Third Army," 1939
5 Lions Club letters, 1993
6 Military Service, 1943-1983
7 News Clippings, 1994
8 Passports, 1962-1993
9 Soldier Prayer Books and Addresses of Soldier friends, c 1940s

 

ARTIFACTS

Envelopes
1-2 Military Medals, World War 2
3-4 Lions Club Medals
5 Fling's Dairy Bottle Cap
Purple Heart

 

TRACINGS
Businesses-LaGrange
Lions Club
World War II