Corp Lester Orlando "Lestie" Allen Sr

1895–1967 (Age 71)
Wright, Iowa, United States

The Life of Lester Orlando "Lestie"

When Corp Lester Orlando "Lestie" Allen Sr was born on 30 July 1895, in Wright, Iowa, United States, his father, James Monroe Allen, was 43 and his mother, Mary Catherine Wilson, was 34. He married Effie Margaret Retter on 28 June 1919, in Marshall, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa, United States in 1925 and Sun Valley, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1960. He died on 25 June 1967, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Corp Lester Orlando "Lestie" Allen Sr
Effie Margaret Retter
Marriage: 28 June 1919
Lester Orlando Allen Jr

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28 June 1919
Marshall, Iowa, United States


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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 1

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1906 · Great San Francisco Earthquake

Age 11

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook San Francisco for approximately 60 seconds on April 18, 1906. A 1906 report by US Army Relief Operations recorded the death toll for San Francisco and surrounding areas at 664. Later reports record the number at over 3,000 deaths. An estimated 225,000 people were left homeless from the widespread destructuction as 80% of the city was destroyed.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 21

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

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)

  • Lester O Allen, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Caster Allen in household of James Allen, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Lester O Allen in household of Henry Retter, "United States Census, 1920"

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