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Rev. Benjamin W. Allison fonds
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CA UCA Acc: 1999 - 72; 2000-2, ID# 3010
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1881 - 1953 (Creation)
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14 cm textual material
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Rev. Benjamin Wilson Allison (1870-1953) served the Methodist and United Churches of Canada for over fifty years. Rev. Allison was born to parents John S. and Mary (Wilson) Allison of Hastings County, Ontario, on September 10, 1870. He received his early education at Mount Forest High School before moving west to North Dakota, and eventually Manitoba. Once in Winnipeg, Allison enrolled in the theology program at Wesley College. He graduated and was ordained at Grace Church in Winnipeg in June of 1899. During the probationary period of his service, Rev. Allison served Oak Lake, Bradwardine and Huntington. Throughout his ministerial career, Alison served primarily rural congregations, including: Pilot Mound, Prospect, Newdale, Portage, Minnedosa, Roland, Boissevain, Swan River, Manitou, Portage la Prairie, Baldur, and Ninga. He also temporarily served in the urban centres of Regina and Brandon. In 1935, Rev. Allison was honoured by his Alma Mater, Wesley College, with a Doctorate of Divinity degree. Rev. Allison was an active executive and administrative member of the Methodist and United Churches of Canada. In 1923, he served as president of the Manitoba Methodist Conference. From 1933 until 1941, Allison served as secretary of the Manitoba Conference of the United Church, and as president in 1941. He was also principal of the Brandon Residential School for one year. During his retirement, Allison continued to serve in both Mather and Lyleton. Rev. Allison married Millie Holmes Sparling of Beulah in 1903, and the couple shared four children: Wilfred, Mary, Margaret, and Elliot (who died in 1914). Allison and his wife spent their retirement years in Killarney, Manitoba. On May 15, 1953, five years after the death of his wife Millie, Rev. Allison passed away in Portage la Prairie. He is buried in Killarney cemetery.
The records of Rev. Benjamin W. Allison came to the archives of the Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario as part of a transfer of records from the Allison family in 1999, and from Trinity United Church in Portage la Prairie accessioned in 2000.
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The surviving records of Rev. Benjamin W. Allison include a Sermon book, pertaining to his service in Pilot Mound, Manitoba ; Correspondence (1929 - 1946); "Pastor's Pocket Ritual" (1907); Methodist Hymnbook (1881); Bible presented to Allison on his Ordination (1899); Memorial Record Book (1953); Diaries (1893, 1905 - 1912, 1914); Sermon notes (1889); The Book of Common Order of the United Church of Canada (1932);Palmer's Directory of the Methodist Episcopal Church for Dakota Conference (1888); "The Inaugral Service of the United Church of Canada" (1925); Sermon re: Union (1950); Certificate of Ordination (1899); and the first issue of "The New Outlook" (1925).
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Related material: Biographical file available. See also the Personal Papers Still Images Collection.
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The material is in English.
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