"I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids--and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me."

 - Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man"

Carol Allen Adams

Elise and James O. Allen

Elise and James O. Allen

Photo of the married couple's first child, Carol. The picture was taken at her parent's home in Peoria, Illinois.

Peoria Today, page 2

Peoria Today, page 2

Article on Elise Ford Allen and the Traveler Weekly, page 2. Top Photo left to right: Janet Allen, Barbara Allen Randle, Joy Allen Stone, Angela Allen Henry, Carol Allen Adams, Linda Allen B. Hollis, Timothy Allen (front), Elise Ford Allen (mother).  Bottom Photo: Joy Allen Stone, Linda Allen B. Hollis, Janet Allen.

Elise and James at wedding of daughter

Elise and James at wedding of daughter

Photo of Elise and James at 1963 wedding of their daughter, Carol.

Allen Family Photo

Allen Family Photo

 Family Photos, late 1960's. Standing Left to right back row: Carol, Melvin, Gregory, James Jr. Standing middle row, left to right: Florence Harrison Ford, Elise and James Sr. Sitting on floor left  to right Joy (Timothy below), Janet, Norman, Linda (holding Barbara), Tanya, Angela.

Family Christmas Card Photo 1970

Family Christmas Card Photo 1970

Allen Family Photo - standing left to right, James Jr., Gregory, Melvin Adams. Sitting on floor left to right: Linda, Barbara, Joy, Angela, Janet (forward). Sitting on couch Left to right: Norman, Carol (holding daughter, Tanya), James Sr. (holding Timothy), Elise and her mother, Florence Harrison Ford. 

Family Friends

Family Friends

Elise and James with daughter Carol and husband, Melvin and friends.

Allen Family Photo 1980

Allen Family Photo 1980

Picture was taken in 1980 on the front lawn of the family's home in Peoria, Illinois. Top left to right, Barbara Allen Randle, Janet Allen, Greg Allen, Carol Adams Allen, James Allen Jr., Angela Allen Henry, Norman Allen, Timothy Allen.  Bottom left to right: Linda Allen B. Hollis, James O. Allen Sr., Elise Ford Allen, and Joy Allen Stone.

50th wedding anniversary

 50th wedding anniversary

Photo of 50th Wedding Aniversary of Elise and James Allen.  Front left to right standing: Carol, Linda, Joy, Janet, Barbara, Timothy, Angela, Gregory and James Jr.

Allen Family at Camp Butler

Allen Family at Camp Butler

Some of the Allen Family members on a visit to Camp Butler Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois where James O. Allen, Major George Ford, Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford, Florence Ford, and C. Bruce Ford are enterred. Left to right, Front row left to right, Tim Allen, Jr., Patty Allen, Angela Allen Henry, Carol Allen Adams, James Allen, Jr. Back row left to right: Joy Allen Stone, Tim Allen, Sr., Carol Adams, Elise Ford Allen, Linda Allen B. Hollis, Barbara Allen Randle, Michael Foster. Children left to right, Sterling Allen, Alexandria Allen.