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Biography of Hon. Napoleon B. Allen

HON. NAPOLEON B. ALLEN. Like all self-made and distinguished men Hon. Napoleon B. Allen commenced life with limited means and worked his way to the front by careful and studious attention to business, honesty and integrity, and the following of the various traits that combine in making a man respected and honored. He was born at Mammoth Springs, Arkansas, May 27, 1851. The son of William and Matilda (Evans) Allen. The father was a native of Illinois, but was reared in St. Louis. In 1830 he went to where Mammoth Springs, Arkansas, is now situated, and was one of the first to settle there, entering the Springs from the Government. In 1853 he sold this property for $600, now worth many thousands, and engaged in farming and stockraising, which he carried on very successfully. He was the most extensive stockraiser in the whole country, numbered his cattle and horses by the hundred, and his stock overran the country from Imboden, Arkansas, to West Plains, Missouri. Mr. Allen was about fifty-four or fifty-five at the time of his death. He was twice married, first to Miss Stublefield, who died at Mammoth Springs. After that he was married to Mrs. Matilda (Evans) Ragan, who was born in the year 1813. To the first union were born five children and to the last, three, our subject being the youngest of the latter. He spent his school days near where Thayer is now located, and when nineteen years of age left the schoolroom to engage in farming and stockraising, on the Warm Fork of Spring River. There he remained until 1888, and aside...

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