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William Edward Allen (1857 - 1930)

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William Edward Allen
1857 - 1930
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1857
E Melbourn, Australia
Death
1930
Melbourne East, Australia
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Melbourne East, Australia
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William Edward Allen was born in 1857 in E Melbourn, Australia. He is the child of William Edward Allen and Eliza Cantlon Allen. He died in 1930 in Melbourne East, Australia at 73 years old.
Updated: September 4, 2019
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William Edward Allen passed away in 1930 in Melbourne East, Australia at age 73. He was born in 1857 in E Melbourn, Australia. He is the child of William Edward Allen and Eliza Cantlon Allen.
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In 1857, in the year that William Edward Allen was born, on March 4th, James Buchanan became the 15th President of the United States. Called a "doughface" by many - a Northerner with Southern sympathies - he said that he would only serve one term and he did what he said.

In 1889, by the time he was 32 years old, on May 31st, the South Fork Dam collapsed. Located in western Pennsylvania, the dam failed - sending more than 20 million tons of water into the towns below it. The flood killed more than 2,200 people in and around Johnstown. The newly formed Red Cross responded to the disaster.

In 1890, when he was 33 years old, on July 3rd, Idaho became the 43rd state in the United States. On July 10th, Wyoming became the 44th state.

In 1908, he was 51 years old when a 7.1 earthquake and the resulting tsunami killed 70,000 to 100,000 people in southern Italy and Sicily. The earthquake, lasting 30 to 40 seconds, occurred in the Strait of Messina which was between the region of Calabria (at the "toe" of Italy) and the island of Sicily and destruction from it occurred in a 186 mile radius. It was the most destructive earthquake ever to hit Europe.

In 1930, in the year of William Edward Allen's passing, on August 6th, N.Y. Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater went through papers in his office, destroyed some of them, withdrew all his money from the bank - $5,150, sold his stock, met friends at a restaurant for dinner and disappeared after getting into a taxi (or walking down the street - his friends' testimony later changed). His disappearance was reported to the police on September 3rd - almost a month later. His wife didn't know what happened, his fellow Justices had no idea, and his mistresses (he had several) said that they didn't know. While his disappearance was front page news, his fate was never discovered and after 40 years the case was closed, still without knowing if Crater was dead or alive.

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