Merced Express
Saturday, Nov. 30, 1918


Allen Helm, a pioneer of Merced and Mariposa counties, died at the home of his daughters, Mrs. Anna Wynn and Mrs. Ida Westrup, on M street in Fresno last Saturday. He was 75 years old.

A native of Missouri, he came to California in 1856, making the trip by ox team across the emigrant roads by way of Salt Lake and Humboldt river. He settled near the old town of Plainsburg, and engaged in farming and stock raising.

He was married in 1863 to Malvina Smith of Mariposa county, who died in 1873 near Centerville, Fresno county. He later moved to Mariposa county where he married Nina Allen, formerly of Michigan. She survives him. There home was at Le Grand.

There are four daughters, Mrs. Westrup and Mrs. Wynn by his first marriage, both living in Fresno, and Leora Turner and Oriel Fuller of Le Grand, and one son, Corporal Artie Helm of Camp Bowie, Texas. Three sisters surviving are Mrs. Henry McClure of Lewis, Mrs. Jane Turner of Fresno, and Mrs. Washer of Traver.

The funeral was held at Le Grand at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon.


Contributed by: Alma Stone