1859–1938

Introduction

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Born: Jan­u­a­ry 11, 1859, near Ply­mouth, In­di­a­na.

Died: June 20, 1938, Kal­a­ma­zoo, Mi­chi­gan.

Buried: Wood­lawn Ce­me­te­ry, For­est Park, Il­li­nois.

Biography

John was the son of Her­man Al­le­man and Sar­ah Qui­vey, and hus­band of Lou Wil­son.

He showed a love of mu­sic from child­hood, but had lit­tle op­por­tu­ni­ty for for­mal train­ing, so had to con­tent him­self with stu­dy­ing books on har­mo­ny and com­po­si­tion. He stu­died him­self in­to a suc­cess­ful mu­sic­al ca­reer, be­com­ing a skill­ful di­rect­or, ev­an­gel­is­tic sing­er, and pub­lish­er.

As of 1904, he was liv­ing in Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois. Cen­sus re­cords show him still there in 1920. He al­so lived in Ben­ton Har­bor, Mi­chi­gan, and Mir­a­bile, Mis­sou­ri.

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