Who was Archibald W.G. Allen?
Archibald W.G. Allen was the son of the Captain W.T. Allen, R.N. Retired, and Mrs. Margaret Allen, of Erith, Kent, England. He was an accountant: married with four children.
In 1904 he opened an office in Red Deer, in the Advocate chambers, where for several years he conducted his own accounting business. Following this he entered the employ of Western General Electric for a while, leaving that position to again open his own accounting office, this time in the Smith and Gaetz block.
From 1914 until the outbreak if the First World War, Mr. Allen was involved with much of the business and social administration of the burgeoning community of Red Deer, and until he enlisted in the armed forces, shortly after the war began, he served the community in many capacities: he was appointed official auditor for the City of Red Deer in 1908 and through the years was Secretary Treasurer of the Agricultural Society, the Red Deer Exhibition and the Memorial Hospital Board, Secretary of the Alberta Union of Municipalities, Treasurer of the Red Deer Rifle Association, and President of the Horticultural Society.
In May 1911, Mr. Allen was appointed as one of the census takers for Red Deer. In 1913, he was appointed auditor for the Village of North Red Deer and in 1914 he and Mr. F.J. Boyce appeared before the City Council asking for support to establish a public library.
Mr. Allen’s military service was with the 187th Infantry Battalion in France and he contracted nephritis in 1918 and was invalided to England.
After the war Mr. Allen returned to Red Deer and for a while resided in a house in the Waskasoo sub-division, overlooking the Red Deer River, which he built in 1912. (The contractor for the house was T.S. Miller. In 1931 this house was sold to H. Busby.)
In 1920 Mr. Allen accepted employment in Calgary, in the City Assessor’s office. So, he and his family moved there, leaving elder son Blake to operate the farm at Pine Lake, the farm where Mrs. Blake and the children lived while Mr. Allen was away at war.
In 1923 Blake Allen and Edith Anne Pierce were married in Red Deer. In 1927, W. Harold Allen and Bertha Pierce were united in marriage in Calgary.
Mr. and Mrs. Archibald Allen settled in the Okanogan Valley, B.C. in the early 1930s, where they were engaged in fruit farming.
-Red Deer and District Archives:
D.M. Carlyle, July 7th, 1982