Max Bowen Allen

1916–1971 (Age 55)
Maxwell, Story, Iowa, United States

The Life of Max Bowen

When Max Bowen Allen was born on 20 February 1916, in Maxwell, Story, Iowa, United States, his father, Clarence Foss Allen, was 25 and his mother, Gladys Edna Bowen, was 26. He married Dora Sherrell Dowden in 1944, in Bradford, Florida, United States. He lived in Indian Creek Township, Story, Iowa, United States in 1920 and Story City, Story, Iowa, United States in 1925. He died on 10 March 1971, in Milwaukie, Clackamas, Oregon, United States, at the age of 55.

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Max Bowen Allen
Dora Sherrell Dowden
Marriage: 1944

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  • Male1916–1971Male

  • Dora Sherrell Dowden


Bradford, Florida, United States

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World Events (8)


Age 1

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.
1917 · Camp Dodge

Age 1

Original construction of the Camp Dodge began in 1907 and was originally planned to provide a place for the National Guard units to train. In 1917, it was handed over to national authorities and expanded to become the regional training center for World War I forces. The Camp was named after Brigadier General Grenville M. Dodge, who organized Iowa's first National Guard unit. When the war ended, the camp was downsized and turned back over to the state until the start of World War II. Today, Camp Dodge has served only as a Guard and Reserve installation.

Age 15

The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from a Celtic personal name of great antiquity and obscurity. In England the personal name is now usually spelled Alan, the surname Allen; in Scotland the surname is more often Allan. Various suggestions have been put forward regarding its origin; the most plausible is that it originally meant ‘little rock’. Compare Gaelic ailín, diminutive of ail ‘rock’. The present-day frequency of the surname Allen in England and Ireland is partly accounted for by the popularity of the personal name among Breton followers of William the Conqueror, by whom it was imported first to Britain and then to Ireland. St. Alan(us) was a 5th-century bishop of Quimper, who was a cult figure in medieval Brittany. Another St. Al(l)an was a Cornish or Breton saint of the 6th century, to whom a church in Cornwall is dedicated.

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Max Allen in household of Foss Allen, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Max B Allen in household of Foss C Allen, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Max B Allen in household of Foss C Allen, "United States Census, 1930"

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