ALLISON

OSCAR O. ALLISON, WHEELING

From: West Virginians
Published by The West Virginia Biographical Association, 1928

Submitted by Linda Fluharty.

     Oscar O. Allison, member of the West Virginia State Legislature from Hancock County, has been a leading business executive, financier and civic worker of the city of Chester, W. Va., for more than a quarter of a century. He was one of the organizers of the First National Bank of that city and for a number of years was its cashier and a director. He is at present a director of the Chester Improvement Company, the Masonic Temple Company of Chester, and variously interested in business. It is worthy of mention at this point that Mr. Allison was the first Democrat to be sent to the State Legislature from Hancock County since 1909. He was elected in November, 1926. He was elected a member of the Democratic State Executive Committee in 1924.
     In the nineties of the last century Mr. Allison operated a general store, and was Postmaster, at Chester, for five years. He sold his business in 1903 to organize the First National Bank, of which he was cashier and director until 1925, when he retired from active business on account of ill health. In 1904 he became secretary, treasurer and director of the Hancock Building & Loan Association, which he helped to make the largest in the state. From this also he resigned in 1925.
     For a number of years Mr. Allison was a director of the East Liverpool (Ohio) Morning Tribune, director and first vice-president of the East Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, and director of the Kiwanis Club of East Liverpool, being a charter member of the latter two.
     He is active in Masonry, having received the 33rd degree in 1921. He is also a member of the Knights of Pythias, Jr. O. U. A. M., and Royal Order of Jesters. He is a charter member of the Presbyterian Church of Chester, of which he was the first elder to be ordained, and was Clerk of the Session for twelve years.
     He was born at Chester, W. Va., March 31, 1872, son of Samuel and Eliza (Finley) Allison. He attended common schools and worked on a farm until 25 years of age. He married, September 14, 1893, Anna Baxter, of Pughtown, W. Va. They have two daughters, Eunice a graduate of Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pa., and Helen R., a graduate of Pennsylvania College for Women at Pittsburgh. Both are teachers in Chester High School. Two boys, Ralph B. and Howard R., died in infancy.
     Mr. Allison has never withheld his support from any worthy community activity. Notably, during the World War, he served on every war board in Hancock County, being chairman of a number of them.