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Possessing much legal talent and ability, and well versed in the intricacies of the law, James Harley Allio has served several years as city attorney of Greenville, and is also master of chancery for Bond county. A native of Pennsylvania, he was born May 5, 1871, in Clarion county, which was also the birthplace of his father, the late Levi Allio.

A son of John Allio, Levi Allio's birth occurred on the home farm December 17, 1849. Succeeding to the occupation in which he was reared, he was engaged in tilling the soil in the Keystone state until 1879, when he located on a farm in the eastern part of Bond county, Illinois. In 1900 he migrated to Mississippi, and was there a resident until his death, September 25, 1911. He was a steadfast Republican in politics and a member of the Christian church. He married, in 1869, Aurilla Cornish, a daughter of Henry and Susan Cornish, prosperous members of the farming community of Clarion county, Pennsylvania, and to them seven children were born, of whom James Harley is the eldest child. The mother is still living in Mississippi.

Having laid an excellent foundation for his future education- in the rural schools of Bond county, James Harley Allio subsequently attended Effingham College, in Effingham, Illinois, and Greenville College, in Greenville, Illinois. He afterwards took a post graduate course in law at Bushnell College, there receiving the degree of LL. B. In Mount Vernon, Illinois, in 1897, he was admitted to the bar, and at once resumed his labors as a teacher, a profession which he had previously followed in Bond county for eleven years. Opening an office at Greenville in 1903, Mr. Allio has since been here successfully engaged in the practice of law, at the present time, as previously mentioned, serving as city attorney and as master in chancery. He is likewise carrying on a successful work in the loan, real estate and abstract business, having a large patronage in each.

In March, 1908, Mr. Allio was united in marriage with Bertha Walker, a daughter of Cyrus and Sarah D. Walker, of Mulberry Grove, where Mr. Walker is a prosperous farmer and stock grower. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Allio, Joseph H. Allio and Grace Esther Allio. Politically Mr. Allio is a zealous worker in the Republican ranks, and fraternally he is a' member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Order of Masons; of the Court of Honor; and of the Knights of the Maccabees. He also belongs to the American Insurance Association. Religiously bolh Mr. and Mrs. Allio are trustworthy members of the Methodist Episcopal church.

Extracted 10 Nov 2018 by Norma Hass from 1912 History of Southern Illinois, by George W. Smith, volume 3, pages 1139-1140.

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