Allen C. Hilgendorf was born and raised in rural Ontario on a mixed farm where he learned to appreciate the natural world. He passed away from cancer at age 56, on August 4, 2013.
A missionary and outreach minister with SCA International. Originally known as Shantymen’s Christian Association established in 1906 by William Henderson, Allen’s first love was spreading the word of God. Many will remember Allen visiting house to house, by vehicle, canoe, bicycle and horseback. He enjoyed dressing up as an old-time circuit riding preacher, participating in as many parades as possible.
Rev. Hilgendorf loved nature, history, and music and particularly enjoyed contra-dancing. Attending a design and visual arts program at Georgian College in Owen Sound for retraining after a debilitating car crash in 1991, Allen Hilgendorf began painting murals. He painted more than 100 murals over two decades.
A resident of Bancroft for some years, Allen C Hilgendorf was commissioned to create a forestry mural in 2011 by the Bancroft Area Forestry Association. The mural depicts early forestry operations that took place on a Bancroft landmark- the Eagles Nest rock formation.
When Allen completed the Forestry Mural it was installed on the South wall of the Vance Motors building in Bancroft in the Summer of 2011.
In the winter of 2021, a storm tore the mural from the wall and damaged it. It has been digitalized by Henry Christiansen and reprinted as part of the Bancroft BIA Art Project of 2022. The mural will be rehung by Lou Freymond on behalf of BAFIA.