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Andrew, Father, Alex, Christmas, 1945

This photograph was taken in Bay Saint Louis, probably on the Allison property. Andrew was a Presbyterian minister, working as a missionary in China; he retired a few years later. Father (Alexander Allison, Sr., 1851-1947) had quite a remarkable story. He worked as a bookkeeper for the New Orleans Cotton Exchange and later for several local law firms. He participated in the “Battle of Liberty Place” of September 14, 1874 as a member of the Crescent City White League. His sister-in-law was married to the author George Washington Cable, through whom he met Mark Twain and Joel Chandler Harris. In 1898 Allison, Sr. bought the house at 614 North Beach in Bay Saint Louis, and the family’s Mississippi years began.

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