W. D. Allison Company History

Montrose, Colorado 1911 - 1940s

It was Portland, Oregon in when Walter D. Allison was born and spent the early years of his life until he was 14 years old. It was approximately 1907 Walter D. Allison moved to Grand Junction, Colorado where he served an apprenticeship learning saddle making from Fred Mantley. By 1911, W. D. Allison already a journeyman Saddle Maker at 18 years old moved to Montrose, Colorado where he continued making saddles for Mark E. French at his saddle shop. In 1922, W. D. Allison purchased the M. E. French Saddlery where he continued to make Saddles Harness and Tack, Custom Leather Goods like Gun Leather, Chaps and more. W. D. Allison continued in business until approximately World War II in the early 1940s. It is not known if W. D. Allison continued to make Saddles after the 1940s when he closed his shop. I have found no documentation of working for any other saddlery after this time.

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