Allen McGowan

Allen Edward McGowan (1891 - 1963)

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Allen Edward McGowan
Born in Kerkhoven, Swift, Minnesota, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in St. Thomas Cathedral, Winona, Minnesotamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Minneapolis, Minnesotamap
Profile last modified | Created 10 May 2014
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Categories: Appleton, Minnesota | Benson, Minnesota | Minneapolis, Minnesota | Gethsemane Cemetery, New Hope, Minnesota.

Allen McGowan has Irish ancestors.
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Biography

Allen was the fifth child of Patrick and Sarah Breen McGowan. [1] His birth was announced in the Kerkhoven paper, noting his father said the population of the village "has increased one."[2] His name may have been chosen in honor of his paternal grandmother Ellen. His family moved to Benson, Minnesota shortly after his birth. He was almost nine years old when his father died.[3]He grew up and attended school in Benson.[4] When he was 19, he was working as a printer in Benson.[5]

In 1914, Allen and his brothers Martin and Joe bought the Appleton Press in Appleton, Minnesota. On his draft registration, Allen was identified as the press foreman at the paper[6]and later as the Managing Editor.[7]

Allen attended the National Editorial Association convention in Hot Springs, Arkansas in June 1918 where he gave an address on the Linotype in a Country Office. His trip was hosted by the Mergenthaler Linotype company.[8] He contributed to a course for Minnesota newspaper editors in 1920 how to get financial benefits from typesetting machines.[9]

He married Mary Morgan, a teacher in Appleton Public School, when he was about 27 years old.[10]They lived initially in Appleton, moving into the "Press Flats" (perhaps over the newspaper office) with Allen's mother in April 1919.[11] Allen and his brothers bought the Benson newspapers in 1919, and he and his family moved to Benson by 1920.[12]Allen sold his interest in the Benson paper in 1921, and by 1924 had moved to Minneapolis where a daughter was born. By 1930, Allen was a superintendent for a printing company.[13]

In 1939, Allen was secretary of the Minnesota Editorial Association, and responsible for the association's printing contracts, including contracts for state government printing. A state legislature investigating committee had been questioning association officers about possible overcharges for contracts, in 1937 and 1938, but cleared the the MEA of any responsibility.[14] In 1940, Allen was field manager for a publishing company.[15]

Allen died at age 72[16] and is buried in Gethsemane Cemetery, New Hope, Minnesota.[17]

Sources

  1. "Minnesota, State Census, 1895," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12332-167428-9?cc=1503031 : accessed 18 January 2015), Swift County > Benson village > image 3 of 28; State Library and Records Service, St. Paul.
  2. Swift County Standard, January 30, 1891, p. 5.
  3. "United States Census, 1900," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11601-65483-47?cc=1325221 : accessed 18 January 2015), Minnesota > Swift > ED 270 Benson village > image 19 of 31; citing NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. "Minnesota, State Census, 1905," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-159387-29053-5?cc=1503056 : accessed 18 January 2015), Swift > Benson village > image 24 of 45; State Library and Records Service, St. Paul.
  5. "United States Census, 1910," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M2PQ-8RR : accessed 18 January 2015), Allen E Mcgowan in household of Sarah Mcgowan, Benson Ward 2, Swift, Minnesota, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 157, sheet 12B, family 214, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,374,729.
  6. "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-26451-23465-65?cc=1968530 : accessed 18 January 2015), Minnesota > Swift County; A-Z > image 1980 of 3194; citing NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. "McGowan-Morgan Nuptials at Winona," The Appleton Press, February 15, 1918, p.1, col. 4.
  8. The Appleton Press, June 7, 1918, p. 5, col. 2.
  9. "Allen%20McGowan" Editor's Short Course, The Bemidji Daily Pioneer, April 29, 1920, p. 2.
  10. "McGowan-Morgan Nuptials at Winona," The Appleton Press, February 15, 1918, p.1, col. 4.
  11. The Appleton Press, April 19, 1918, p. 5, col. 2.
  12. "United States Census, 1920," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MW15-Y9S : accessed 18 January 2015), Allen Mc Gowan, Benson, Swift, Minnesota, United States; citing sheet 3A, family 56, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,820,864.
  13. "United States Census, 1930," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X3ZD-69Q : accessed 18 January 2015), Allen E Mcgowan, Minneapolis (Districts 1-250), Hennepin, Minnesota, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0040, sheet 19B, family 320, line 76, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1090; FHL microfilm 2,340,825.
  14. "Editors Cleared in Probe of Printing," Moorhead Daily News, November 4, 1939, p. 1, col. 8.
  15. "United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-27786-18514-95?cc=2000219 : accessed 18 January 2015), Minnesota > Hennepin > Minneapolis City, Minneapolis, Ward 10 > 89-291 Minneapolis City Ward 10 (Area 2 part) > image 11 of 20; citing NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012).
  16. "United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V365-G4M : accessed 29 December 2014), Allen Mcgowan, Dec 1963; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
  17. Allen McGowan at Find A Grave.




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