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William Harrison Allen was born in Kentucky on March 18, 1834, and came to Texas by way of Kansas in 1855. A well-educated young man, he had dreams of becoming a landowner and speculator in Texas, but was a land fraud scheme victim, as the government-issued certificates were apparently easy to counterfeit.
After this setback, he resolved to turn to teaching to improve his finances and to help bring about an intellectual and moral change in Texas. Area historians believe William’s first school in a one-room, clapboard courthouse was probably located in what is now Gainesville in the Cross Timbers Region. While teaching, he also studied law and considered a future in politics – eventually deciding to become a Methodist Episcopal Church minister, receiving his license to minister in 1860. After the Civil War, William became a circuit-riding preacher. He began to amass his fortune buying land and cattle and continued teaching, eventually establishing Allen Academy in the Bethel area in the 1870s. In 1882, the school was sold to Bethel Methodist Church.
In 1902, the congregation moved the church to the newly incorporated town of Frisco and changed the name from Bethel Methodist Church to Frisco Methodist Church. The church at Bethel was torn down and the materials used to build the church in Frisco. The location of the Frisco Methodist Church was at 6th and Oak Streets.
William and his wife, Abbie Mayes of McKinney, did not have children of their own, but many of the students boarded with the Allens. Persons of note who attended what was commonly-called “Uncle Billy’s School” were Dr. I.S. Rogers, Dow Bacchus and members of the Clark family.
William was renowned for his scholarly work. He authored three books during his lifetime and successfully ran for state senate. William died in 1908, and his will stipulated that upon the death of his wife, his estate should be used to fund the education of disadvantaged students at Southwestern University. When Abbie passed, she left money from the estate to Southern Methodist University.
If your child is absent from school, please contact the campus with this form before 8:30 AM. Phone calls are a courtesy, but this form is the only means for official absence reporting.
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Si su niño(a) está ausente de la escuela, por favor comuníquese con la escuela usando este formulario antes de las 8:30 AM. Las llamadas son por cortesía, pero este formulario es la única manera de reportar oficialmente la ausencia.