Biography of D. H. Allison
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D. H. ALLISON. There is nothing which adds so much to the pleasure and convenience of the public as a well-stocked, thoroughly appointed and ably managed livery stable. In such connection we make due reference to the livery establishment of Mr. D. H. Allison, whose reputation in that respect, as well as a trainer, is known throughout the length and breadth of the county.
Mr. Allison has made his home and carried on business in Van Buren, Carter County, Missouri, for about two years and has met with well-deserved success. He was born at Irondale, Washington County, Missouri, and was reared in Reynolds County, where his parents, James and Nancy (Johnson) Allison, passed the closing scenes of their lives. The father following farming on Block River and was a soldier in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Both parents died in 1870. Their children, eleven in number, were named as follows: Jane; Jesse A.; Bettie; Mattie and Peggie died young; Haney; Mary; John; D. H.; Nancy E. and Charles.
Our subject received a good, practical education in the common schools of St. Genevieve County, and assisted in farm work at home until eighteen years of age, when he started out to fight his own way in life. He continued working on farms until twenty-one years of age, and then became part owner of a saw mill. This he carried on for a year or two, and after that was engaged in logging for about ten years. He was successful in this, and in about 1893 he came to Van Buren and bought out the livery stable of J. D. Rutledge. Since then he has carried on a very successful business and has a well-equipped stable. He is an honest, upright and hard-working man and well merits the success that has followed his efforts. He was married in this county to Miss Mattie Franklin, of Carter County, a member of the Franklin family of Pike Creek. Two children have been given them: Walter and Topsie. Mr. Allison is a strong supporter of Democratic principles, and he is an earnest and consistent member of the Missionary Baptist Church. All his property has been accumulated by years of patient industry, and now that he has a good start, he will make a success of life.