Allen Joseph Doran

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  • Name: Allen Joseph Doran
  • Location of Birth: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: January 11, 1892
  • Date of Death: March 4, 1977 (85 years old)
  • Parents: Daniel Doran and Katherine (Allen) Doran
  • High School and Class: 1908 - Grand Rapids High School, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • College: Attended Valparaiso University at Valparaiso, Indiana - Business and Accounting
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  • Military Highlights:
    Allen was a member of the state militia during World War I.

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    World War I

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  • Civilian Life:
    After completing his studies, Allen was an accountant for the Kennedy Logging Company in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and was deputy county auditor for some years.

    He was a fine athlete and was a member of the Volunteer fire department in the days when the fastest runners pulled the fire carts.

    Allen later was Grand Rapids postmaster and owned and operated several automobile agencies. He served on the school board of District One, was a member and officer of the Itasca County Fair Association and was an officer of the Minnesota Federation of County Fairs.

    Always interested in music, he sang solos for St. Joseph's Catholic Church and for other area groups. Allen was a charter member of the Rotary Club, an officer and leader in the Old Settlers Association and Historical Society, active in the DFL party and head of census operations for the 1940 census. Allen was active in the Grand Rapids Golden Jubilee celebration in 1940 and was a leader for the Diamond Jubilee 25 years later. He had worked for Industrial Lubricants in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    Survivors are his wife, Mary; seven daughters, Mary, Mrs. John (Annamay) Connor, Mrs. Arland (Dorothy) Best, Mrs. Frank (Loretta) Johnson, Mrs. Earl (Katherine) Berkeland, Mrs. Joseph (Patricia) Solien; and Margaret Schanbachler; a son, Daniel W.; twenty-four grandchildren; and twenty-one great-grandchildren.

    Allen died at his Grand Rapids, Minnesota home and is buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (C-C-06-05)

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