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November 2001:A Missionary Family in Africa
"Ken and Ruth Allen (boys in car)/ Early days"
Kenneth and Ruth Allen served as medical workers with Africa Inland Mission in
variety of places in Kenya: Kijabe, Githumu, Kaloleni, Gahini, Nairobi and
Mwingi, among others. Their daughter, Peggy Allen Haggett, wrote a lovely
detailed manuscript of their lives and ministry which does capture some of the
experience of being an overseas American missionary family in the first half of
the twentieth century. The manuscript is in
Collection 81, Box 39, Folder 14.
On this pages are some of the Allen family pictures that Peggy preserved,
along with the family's original captions in quotes (""). [Any notes by the archivist are in brackets.]
On left: "Matthew Wellington the last survivor of the young men who
carried David Livingstone's body to the coast [in 1873]. He is explaining his aches + pains to my husband. Taken Mombassa, Sept. 1930"
On right: "Peggy and Flora with Matthew Wellington"
On left: "Ken + Ruth Allen with Billy, Johnnie and Peggy / California / First furlough about 1923"
On right: "Framework of hut of the Agikuyu people of Kenya colony"
On left: "Kikuyu girls"
On right: "Early days on safari"
"Ruth + Ken Allen 1953 at Naro Moru [in Kenya]"
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