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Letter from George E. Allen, a University of Chicago graduate, to Dean Webster H. Burke, upon his move from Moville to Onawa, IA, advertising his newly vacant position as the only lawyer in Moville, as well as his office fixtures and "unfinished business" to any interested Chicago-Kent student or alumni.
December 22, 1914
Dean of Chicago Kent Law School,
I am leaving this town of Moville, Iowa, to become the partner of Judge Oliver, at Onawa, Iowa, January 1st. I have been here six months, and have succeeded in starting a nice country practice. It is my first location, and i have seen enough of it to be convinced that it is a good place to locate.
There are 600 people in the town, two banks, two lumber yards, three general stores, three drug stores, four garages, clothing, furniture, milliner, etc. The town controls a large country trade. It is twenty eight miles from the county seat, Sioux City. There is no other lawyer here. The people want a lawyer here.
In my new business, I have had two damage suits in the District court, several J.P. cases, a list of collections, legal papers to draw, etc. And during the last week, I have a will brought to me for probate and a divorce case. I believe there is good business here, and that there should be a lawyer here.
I wish to sell my office fixtures and Iowa Reports and all unfinished business, for $350.00. If you know of a young man who is looking for a location, kindly refer him to me.
Yours very truly,
Geo. E. Allen
webster h. burke, george e. allen
Allen, Geo. E., "Letter to Dean Webster H. Burke from Geo. E. Allen, 1914" (1914). Law School Memorabilia. 4.