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Transcribed biography of Allen O. Dobbins

ALLEN O. DOBBINS, M. D. - Now serving as coroner of Porter County, and for many years active in the larger affairs of this community, Allen O. Dobbins was born in Mineral City, Indiana, Greene County, December 23, 1869, the son of Thomas and Margaret (Weston) Dobbins, of Salem, Indiana. To the parents of our subject were born four sons and two daughters: Alice, who married James Hineman and passed away in 1926; Sherman, who resided at Elwood, Indiana, until his death in 1924; Allen; Otto, who is a well-known farmer near Scotland, Indiana; Morton, who serves as town marshal of Odon, Indiana; Lulu, who is now Mrs. John Miller. Thomas D. Dobbins had two brothers: John, who was a farmer near Bloomfield, Indiana; and Peter, a blacksmith in Salem, Indiana.

Doctor Dobbins attended the grade school of Mineral City, the high school of Bloomfield, Indiana, and the University of Illinois, where he took his M. D. degree in 1903. He also received a diploma from Loyola University of Chicago, and took post-graduate work at Harvard University. He served his internship at Dunning Hospital for the Insane in Illinois. His first practice was at Wheeler, Indiana, and in 1922 he removed to Valparaiso and here has met with fine personal and professional success.

Doctor Dobbins served as township trustee of Union Township, Porter County, from 1918-1922. In 1924 he was elected as coroner of this county, and was renominated for the same office without opposition in 1926. One of his chief diversions is farming, and having spent his early life on the farm he gives personal attention to the direction of his two farms of one hundred sixty acres each in Porter County. They are devoted largely to dairy purposes, and are stocked with the very finest pedigreed Holsteins. The products of these farms are widely known and find a ready market in the immediate vicinity.

Doctor Dobbins was united in marriage with Bessie V., the daughter or Daniel and Clara Clifford, on April 26, 1906, in Wheeler, Indiana. Mrs. Dobbins taught school in Union Township prior to her marriage. On November 23. 1919, they adopted a baby girl, who was then ten days old and who is now attending the local schools. Doctor Dobbins is a member of the Valparaiso Lodge of Masons, Shrine at Indianapolis and Consistory at Fort Wayne, Odd Fellows, Elks, Rebekahs, O. E. S., Chamber uf Commerce, Rotary Club, American Medical Association, Porter County Medical Association, Indiana State Medical Society and the Valparaiso Country Club.

Source: Cannon, Thomas H., H. H. Loring, and Charles J. Robb. 1927. History of the Lake and Calumet Region of Indiana Embracing the Counties of Lake, Porter and Laporte. Volume II. Indianapolis, Indiana: Historians' Association. 827 p.
Page(s) in Source: 257-258

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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