Gene Allen, son of Samuel DAvid and Julia Wirkus Allen, was born December 26, 1919. The Allens came to Rio Vista Farm, six miles south of Big Wells, 1931. Genes attended school in Big Wells until the ninth grade, then moved to Catarina, where he graduated from high school. He moved to Carrizo Springs in 1939 to work for Earl Hutchinson.
Gene and Vida Jo Sharp were married in March of 1943. Vida Jo, the daughter of John William and Jemima Garner Sharp, was born on June 11, 1924. Vida Jo graduated from Carrizo Springs High School.
Gene served in the Navy for two and half years during World War II. He returned to Carrizo Springs in 1947.
Gene and Vida Jo established a livestock transportation business which has been in continuous operation for over 30 years. The firm has served customers in Dimmit and surrounding counties.
Gene and Vida Jo Allen had one child, Sammy. He was attending Texas Tech when he met and married Barbara Eikel, daughter of E.O. and Margaret Eikel of New Braunfels, Texas. Sammy taught in the Carrizo Springs school for several years and is now the owner and operator of Allen Tire Center and Allen Conoco in Carrizo Springs. The Allens have three children: Victoria, Rene, and Earnest.
Myram Sharp Uppencamp