A Narrative History of The People of Iowa Volume IV 1931
MANNING L. ALLEN as a physician and surgeon has practiced in Tama for over forty years.He is a son of a pioneer Iowa doctor, and their careers overlapped for a number of years, and in the aggregate the Allen family has been represented by capable physicians and surgeons in this state for over eighty years.
His father was Dr. L. F. Allen, who was born at Saratoga Springs, NewYork, and was brought out to Iowa when a young boy.He returned East toget his education, and was graduated from the medical department of theUniversity of Rochester, New York.For a time he practiced at Ottawa,Illinois, and during the early 1850's came to Iowa and in 1860 located atColumbus City.For years he performed all the service of a country doctor,riding and driving night and day regardless of the condition of roads or theweather, and, like many other pioneer doctors, his skill in administeringmedicine was supplemented by his cheerfulness and benevolence of his character.He had to his credit a professional career of more than half a centurywhen he retired in 1909.His last years were spent with his son at Tama,where he died in 1912, at the age of eighty-six.Dr. L. F. Allen marriedHarriett Litsey, who passed away in 1824, at the age of seventy-nine.There were seven children in the family, two of them becoming doctors.Dr. L. E. Allen is a well known medical man in Des Moines.
Dr. ManningL. Allen was born at Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa, November 14, 1862.Hegraduated from the School of Medicine of the University of Iowa in 1883.In 1893 he received a second degree from the University of Illinois. He has taken four extended post-graduate courses, attending the ChicagoPost Graduate College, the Illinois Post Graduate College, and spent some timein the Woman's Hospital in Chicago.His work has been that of a general physician and surgeon, and he enjoys a wide reputation among other members of the profession and the public for his skill in rectal diseases and surgery.
Doctor Allen paid his expenses through school and college.At onetime he taught school in Greene County, Iowa.While in Illinois he taughtsinging classes, operated a pile driver and took other employment that wouldenable him to make his expenses and tide him over the period until he wasqualified for his chosen line of work.Doctor Allen first practiced atManila, Iowa, locating there after graduating in 1883, and in 1887 moved toTama.He is a member of the Tama County, Iowa State and American MedicalAssociations and is a charter member of the American Association of Railway Surgeons, having acted as local surgeon for the Milwaukee Railway since 1889.
Tama citizens often think of Doctor Allen in other relationships thanas a professional man.For eight years he gave the value of his effort andcounsel to running the local city government.He is a member of theCommercial Club and during the World war was enrolled in the Medical ReserveCorps.He is a trustee of the Baptist Church, a past chancellor commanderof the local lodge Knights of Pythias, and has sat in the Grand Lodge of thatorder.
He married Miss Sarah Rebecca Rambo, of Lamoille, Illinois.Frances R., the oldest of their three children, showed as a girl specialgifts in music and was educated in that line at Leander Clarke College at Tamaand Knox College at Galesburg.She is now the wife of Earl Spooner, ofTama.The son, Raymond M., now located at Long Beach, California, was withthe Aviation Corps during the World war, being chief of the mechanical field atBirmingham, Alabama. The second son, Leonard E., who served overseas withthe Hospital Corps in France, is a representative of the Stoner Piano Company ofDes Moines at Pella.