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Glen H. Allen Oral History
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Processed by: Jennifer Duplaga, April 2005
Glen H. Allen was born in Milan, Illinois, in 1899, but was raised and educated in Washington, D.C. His father was employed at the U.S. Treasury Department there. He attended Central High School in Washington, and received his college education at the University of Cincinnati and graduated from that institution with a Civil Engineering degree in 1917. He worked for the city of Cincinnati, the Kentucky Highway Department, the Ohio Department and the New York Railroad during college. Upon graduation, he began working for the American Bridge Company and remained there until 1933, when he became district engineer in Vincennes, Indiana. He held that position until 1941, when he became self-employed in bridge building. He built and repaired bridges from Indiana to Alabama, He was a member of the board of the Security Bank and Trust Company in Vincennes, and was one of the Indiana Directors of the American Road Builders Association, and was a member of the Association of General Contractors of America.
This collection contains a transcript of an interview done by Thomas Krasean of Glen H. Allen. In this interview, Allen discusses his work building roads and bridges. He also talks about negotiating contracts, new technology and unemployment.
20 Sept. 1972
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Lewis Historical Library, Vincennes, IN, 20 Sept. 1972
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