Allen J. Wilder, 1868
Died December 6, 1950
Allen was in the lumber business in Albion for forty-nine years, from 1892 to 1941. Born in Claredon township on July 11, 1868, he married Pearl Kenyon in 1895. Their daughter, Audrey Kenyon Wilder (1896-1979) became a longtime Albion historian and Dean of Women at Albion College.
Allen came to Albion and attended Albion College in 1886; he graduated in 1892. The Wilders lived on 308 E. Erie Street until 1910, when Samuel moved to 108 S. Monroe Street, across from the lumber yard, where he spent his remaining days.
When S.A. Wilder died in 1918, the firm was continued by his son Allen J., who operated it until 1941. Allen alsopurchased the Concord Lumber Company, and operated it for many years, thusgiving the Wilder firm two locations. In 1941, Wilder’s Lumber Yard was sold to Louis R. Legg of Coldwater, and the firm became know as Citizen’s Lumber.
Allen J. Wilder died December 6, 1950.
Source: Frank Passic. Homestead Savings and Loan and the Builders of Albion: One Hundred Years of Service, 1889-1989. Albion, MI: Homestead Savings and Loan Association. 1988.