Claremont Courier newspaper on Dec 23rd 1908,Claremont California
"Miss Mary Roof Entertains"
Saturday afternoon Miss Mary Roof entertained the boys of her Sunday school class and some of their little girl friends. Those who responded to the invitation were Howard Parsons, Vernon Johnson and Allen Kingman. The guests of the class were Ruth Utt, Louise Richards, Susie Case, Musette Wire and Katherine Rich. Games furnished entertainment and dainty refreshments pleased the palates of little folks.
1910 in San Jose Township in Los Angeles county on 11st street near Yale Ave (this area is now known as Claremont) Susie Case is 13; living with her parents John and Nora.
Ruth Agnes Utt is in same town with her parents John and Mary Utt. Ruth is 12.
Musette Wire is also 12, living in San Jose Township with her parents Ira and Lucinda
In the 1900 census in San Jose Township in LA county John N Roof and Mary E are the parents of Mary S. born SEpt 1888 age 11. The 1910 has the ages incorrect for the daughters of John and Mary S. They live on San Bernardino Avenue.
Howard Parsons in same township is 12 in 1910 living with parents Walter and Jessie and grandmother Mary Parsons on Alexander Ave near Indian Hill Blvd.
Vernon Johnson age 12 son of Axel and Emily Johnson in San Jose Township.
Allen or Alan Kingman is listed in same town with parents Henry,Congregational minister, and Hennie or Annie (difficult to read) Kingman as neighbors of Musette Wire. Allen was born in China as was his mother and older brother,Harrie Kingman. In the 1920 Alan is 22 and listed as born in China but an American citizen, still in Claremont,Calif with his family. His mother came to America in 1893.In 1930 Alan Kingman is with his wife Eleanor and children in Cedar Rapids,Iowa.Allan has become a manager in a mercantile agency and his wife is a music teacher at a college.
Allen Kingman is in the World War one Soldier Citations;
"Three Boys from this section are given War Cross."
Two Claremont yanks and one Pomona member of Unit decorated by French.
Three boys from this section one from Pomona and two from Claremont,California have been awarded the Croix de Guerre.
The three are members of the 621st Ambulance corps unit of the U.S. Army and the entire unit was decorated at the same time.
The boys in the unit who were thus honored for bravery in action are
John Sanford of Claremont
John Loucks of Pomona,Ca.
Allen Kingman of Claremont.
The unit is with a regiment of French soldiers who because of their wonderful fighting have been termed the "Blue Devils."
3 Pomona Boys Given Cross of War; Three Pomona college boys now in France were presented with the Croix de Guerre at the same time that their entire unit the Six Hundred Twenty-first U.S.Ambulance corps was decorated.
The three men are John Sanford son of Mrs.E H Sanford of Claremont,Ca. Jack Loucks son of Mr and Mrs R.N. Loucks of Pomona,Ca and Allen Kingman also of Claremont,Ca. The three left Pomona college to go to war, paying their own expenses and joining the ambulance corps.
They were attached to the French army and for a while were with the far famed "Blue Devils."
The entire unit was decorated for courageous and devoted service, the honors being bestowed by the French army.
Another newspaper dated SEpt 22 of 1918 in LA Times "Receive French Crosses" Pomona,Ca John SAnford a member of Unit No.621, United States Ambulance Corps and son of Mrs.E.H.Sanford of Claremont,CA has been awarded the Croix de Guerre. All members of the unit received this high honor at the same time. The unit is with a regiment of French soldiers and because of its wonderful fighting has been termed the "Blue Devils." Two others boys from this section John Loucks of Pomona and Allen Kingman of Claremont are also members of the 621st unit.
Alan Kingman is listed in the Calif death index: born 3 oct 1897 in China with mothers maiden name of Lees died 6th of Aug 1949 in LA county,California.