John Allen Mann, or "Allen" as he was known to his friends, was born on
June 25, 1909,
in Bradford, Ohio. He was raised on a Washington Township farm in
Shelby County, Ohio. As a youth, Allen was recognized for rescuing
a Piqua youth from drowning in the Miami River. Allen had learned
to swim one year prior to this incident, having been thrown in the same
river by some older boys.
As a teen, Allen was crippled in an attempt
to "hop a train". He had jumped on a boxcar. As he pulled
himself up, the couplings joining each car smashed his left foot.
He was found unconscious when the train stopped in St. Louis. The
accident required five toes and part of his foot to be amputated.
After graduating from Piqua High School in 1928, he attended
Miami-Jacobs Business College. At one point his temper prompted him to
withdraw. The president of the college contacted him and urged him to
complete an education. Allen took the advise to heart and graduated
from the program.
married Nellie Herron on February 5, 1932. This union produced four
After they married, the Mann's resided in
Cincinnati for a few years before returning to Miami County. Allen was
employed by the French Oil Mill as an Inventory Control clerk.
Allen was an avid fisherman and bicyclist. He was an excellent
guitarist and occasionally played in public. He also played on the
Piqua radio station in the late 1930's or early 40's. In his latter
years he spent a great deal of time studying the Bible.
He died on May 7, 1985, and
was survived by his family.
Our line of descent from
Germany to present day is as follows:
John Mann Jr.
A. Mann Sr.
A. Mann Jr.