DR. JAMES W. ALLEE
By Dr. James W. Allee, 1981
Long before the Osage Dam was built, my family's history was intertwined with Bagnell and the Osage River. My mother was born in Bagnell where her father, J.S. Franklin and his brother-in-law, R.S. Harvey, had a general store and a railroad tie business. Timber was cut upstream, slid downhill to the river, and rafted to Bagnell. After the Lake was formed, one could still see faint, vertical gashes in the hillsides from the tie slides. One such gash was located a mile or so downstream from our Arrowhead Beach cottage.
Construction of the Dam shielded Eldon from the Great Depression. On Saturdays and paydays, Main Street swarmed with workers from the Dam. I remember armed guards were stationed in the prone position on top of the bank vault to thwart a robbery.
I recall floating a john boat down the Niangua River before the Dam was closed. We floated at night guided by the light of the moon and many stacked brush fires along the bottom lands to clear the future water basin. It was an eerie experience that suggested campfires of the Osage Indians.
In November 1934 I started a medical practice in Eldon. My first patient was John Gattermeier of Olean, subject: quail hunting. Later I was appointed physician to the Union Electric and also the WPA camp at the Kaiser Recreational Area. How I loved watching the subtle changes of fall and spring on frequent trips to Kaiser!
Somewhere along the line I served on a committee to secure a golf club for Eldon. The Ross Harrison farm south of Eldon was purchased, and Frank Harris, a saddle horse friend from California, MO, was hired as manager. I distinctly remember the afternoon that Frank and I walked the farm and laid out the nine holes. Later we staged the first and only horseshow at the club.
Two highlights of my general practice: (1) the delivery of a second child to a patient whose first child was delivered by my grandfather, Dr. W.S. Allee, 20 years earlier, and (2) I delivered our second child, Sidney, in October 1942, just before entering the Air Force.
WARREN LOGAN ALLEE
By Gerard Schultz, 1933
Warren Logan Allee of Eldon is one of the leading members of the medical profession in this state. In 1932 he was elected president of the Missouri State Medical Association at its annual convention held at Jefferson City, Missouri.
Dr. Allee was born at Olean, Missouri, November 1, 1882. His father, William S. Allee, who was state senator, president of the Missouri State Medical Association, and for 24 years president of the Miller County Exchange Bank at Olean, was born in Moniteau County, Missouri, January 20, 1862. His mother, Laura C. (Huston) Allee, was born in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, August 31, 1850. Warren Logan Allee attended Iberia Academy, the University of Missouri and St. Louis University, from which he received his degree of Doctor of Medicine.
Dr. Allee has taken an active part in the affairs of his community and state. He is president of the Bank of Eldon; member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Lions Club of Eldon' and for a number of years he served on the Board of Education. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Christian College, Columbia, Missouri. Dr. Allee is a member of the Miller County Medical Society, the State Medical Association, and the American Medical Association. He is affiliated with the Phi Beta Pi medical fraternity and the Phi Delta Theta social fraternity. His political allegiance is given to the Democratic Party, and he holds membership in the Eldon Christian Church. He belongs to the Masonic fraternity, and the I.O.O.F.
On October 27, 1906, at Eldon, Missouri, Dr. Allee was united in marriage with Miss Maud Franklin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James S. Franklin. The children of this union are James W., who is a graduate of the medical department of Washington University, and Laura E., who graduated from Christian College in 1932 and is now attending the University of Missouri. Mrs. Allee has been prominently identified with the work of the Missouri Federation of Women's Clubs.
W.H. ALLEN FAMILY
By Willie and Louise Allen, 1981
Willie Howard Allen, was born 1912 in Miller County to Ida Bell Howard and Oliver Joseph Allen, descendants of Jane Lamb and Hiram Howard; Sarah Gier and John T. Allen. Willie has two brothers and one sister.
Anna Louise Watt Allen was born 1915 in Miller County to Nancy Alice Jobe and John Thomas Watt, descendants of Amanda Stout and Henderson Jobe; Lydia Meador (of Norwegian lineage from Edmon of Meador) and John Thomas Watt (born in England December 24, 1842 and died in Miller County December 1, 1887). Anna has 4 sisters and 3 brothers.
Willie and Louise were married March 4, 1934 at the Miller County Courthouse in Tuscumbia.
Willie was employed with Stone and Webster during the construction of Bagnell Dam. On July 14, 1931 he went to work for Union Electric where he was employed for 41 years until he retired. For about 34 years, Willie and Louise have owned and operated Allen's Cottages Resort at Lake Ozark.
Their three children are: Ruby Louise Allen Mead, born January 15, 1936; Jo Ann Allen Parker, born January 30, 1940, University of Missouri Graduate Nursing degree 1961. She has one son Richard Henry Clark, born August 4, 1962, freshman at William Jewell College, Liberty, Mo.; James William Allen, born September 25, 1944, University of Missouri Masters Degree, electrical engineering. Employed with IBM New York and Texas. Married Catherine Margaret Grimaldi July 20, 1974, two sons, Richard William Allen, born August 21, 1976, Christopher James Allen, born March 26, 1978 on Easter.
CLINT ATKISSON FAMILY
By Jackie Atkisson, 1981
Clint Atkisson (March 7, 1905) was born and raised in the Elm Springs Community, attending the one-room school there. He helped his family on their Osage River farm, and worked during the construction of Bagnell Dam at the mess hall, helping to feed the 3000 (approximately) workers.
Maybelle Kerr, of Marionville, MO, came to the Lake area at age 16 to live and care for the small children of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hill, an engineer on the project. Maybelle graduated from Eldon High School. She and Clint were married August 17, 1935, at Tuscumbia, Mo. They first lived on a farm on the south side of the river, just below where the Hwy. 54 bridge is now; and 9 years later bought and moved to their present farm on D Road where they raised two g]children, graduates of School of the Osage.
Clint worked at Osage Products in Eldon, MO, and retired after 20 years in 1971. Maybelle has done domestic work around the lake area for many years, and is known by many people. Clint and Maybelle now are caretakers for some summer homes around the lake, and raise some livestock, and enjoy gardening. They are members of Riverview Baptist Church.
Their daughter, Martha Ann (July 9, 1941), is married to Bob Jackson, a truck driver originally from Richland, MO and they make their home in Springfield, MO. They are members of Parkview Christian Church. Their two sons are: Kenneth Wayne (November 13, 1961) and Gerald Lee (October 18, 1964).
Their son, Michael, has a business in Richland, Mo, and is married to the former Jackie Lewis of Osage Beach, MO. They are members of Riverview. Their two children are: Misti Sherri (May 28, 1972) and David Michael (May 22, 1977).