Henry Howe Allen

Mortuary Record - November 1906

News Clipping taken from the Research of Elsie Piper.  This is the great-great-great grandfather of my husband. - Nancy Piper

Another pioneer of our prairie state, after rounding out a long and useful life, has joined the throng enrolled up yonder. Henry Howe Allen was born at Littleton, New Hampshire, December 20, 1827, and died in Henry, at the age of 78 years, 10 months and 26 days. He was the oldest child of Albe C. and Martha Allen. There were eight children of his father’s family, all of whom have preceded him to the other world, but two, a brother Rev. Horace Allen of Hollard Patent, and Mrs. Helen Ellinwood of East Pembroke, N. Y., - both of whom, together with his stepmother of Honeoy Falls, N. Y., visited him recently, a visit that seemed to be especially enjoyed by the deceased. His parents moved to New York in 1835, where he lived until 1850, when he came to Illinois.

In 1854, Mr. Allen was united in marriage with Miss Mary E. Hunter of Milo township, this county. To them were born eight children, all of whom are living except the oldest daughter, who died in December 1873. Mr. and Mrs. Allen celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on December 12, 1904.

At the age of 27 he gave his heart to Christ and has lived a consistent Christian life, one that has been well worthy of emulation, and we believe he has gone “home” to his “reward”. He was a devout man, took great interest in church work, and promoted all that was for the best welfare of the community where he lived. His life was an exemplification of good words, and his children can ever cherish his memory.

His last illness was only of a few hours. Several months ago he sustained a paralytic stroke, but had in a large measure recovered from its effects. Thursday evening, November 15th, at about 8 o’clock, Mr. Allen fell in a faint, and survived until the next morning, when life passed out. He was conscious until the last and ready for the summons of a “well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”

The funeral was held at the Presbyterian church, Sunday afternoon at 1 o’clock, Rev. H. W. Burger, the pastor, officiating. Singing was by the choir. The selections were of a special order - “One Sweetly Solemn Thought”, “They Shall Hunger No More” a selection from the cantata of “The Prodigal Son,” and “There Will Be No Dark Valley When Jesus Comes.” The pall bearers were five sons of the deceased, and a son-in-law, as follows: Frederick Allen of Winchester, Andrew of Chapin, Louis of Lacon, Albe of Seneca, and Hiram Allen and John W. Farley, of the old home neighborhood at “Cottage.” The attendance of the relatives and friends from the country was very large, and nearly filled the auditorium of the church. The sermon was a masterly effort, and was founded on the text as in Matthew 24:466: “Blessed is that servant whom his lard when he cometh shall find so doing”. There was a wealth of beautiful floral pieces, one a blanket of pink roses and smilax covering almost the entire casket was from loving friends of Cottage and Tiskilwa. Interment at the henry cemetery.

Mr. Allen was a farmer and until moving to Henry several years ago lived on his farm in the Cottage vicinity south of Tiskilwa, where he prospered and was one of the most valued and influential citizens.


of the pen of the CHIEF’S able Cottage correspondent, who writes feelingly and pays a high and just tribute to a worthy Christian, citizen and friend:

For more than thirty-eight years Mr. Allen lived on the farm near Cottage school. A man of unbounded hospitality and benevolence - the sorrows and perplexities of others and those in distress only bound him more closely to them. Always active in church and Sunday school work, and in expounding the lesson to his class he always imparted some thought that was a real help the preceding week. In his long and useful life every one who came in contact with his beautiful Christian character was benefited. He taught school in Milo several years and was director at Cottage many years; was secretary of the Milo, Wheatland and Indiantown Insurance Company 26 years. Mr. Allen had always enjoyed comparatively good health until last spring. While returning from church he suffered a slight stroke of paralysis. At his recovery he found he had been deprived of one of his greatest comforts, that of reading. When asked by a former Sunday school class in Henry, he laughingly replied: “Oh no, I can’t read now, and when I get ready for Sunday school mother (Mrs. Allen) reads the lesson to me and I get it that way.” Through it all he was patient and uncomplaining.

The dear wife and companion of over fifty years, five sons, two daughters - Mrs. Huldah Vail and Mrs. Addie Farley - twenty-five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, beside a host of loving friends, deeply mourn the loss of a dear friend and counselor. To the heart sore of this dearly beloved one the tenderest sympathies are extended. Your good and kind husband and father are gone. His tired body has found its long resting place, but ah! the spirit knows the joys of a heavenly home and stands complete before the countenance of God. Farewell, loved one, your faithful wife and children will miss you, but the thought that you are safe in the kingdom of the Master whom you so delighted to serve is a most blessed consolation.

Of the deceased the editor of Bradford Republican says:

Nearly fifty years ago there lived in a house at the corner three miles east of Bradford a young man by the name of Henry Allen. Boys fifty-five or sixty years old will remember his teaching school in district No. 1 at the head of Boyd’s Grove, Milo township, and the jolly good times that teachers and pupils had playing ball, snow balling from behind snow forts north of the school house on the hand sleds. Though a jolly good fellow with the pupils at recess and on occasional quarter holidays, yet he made every boy and maiden walk chalk during school hours. What times of good fellowship those were and how few there are now to whom these memories will come. Henry Allen and family moved over east of the Grove into the Cottage neighborhood where his industry and economy were rewarded by a competence. His children married and made homes of their own and he and his aged wife removed to Henry. There last week our aged friend and former school master passed away - ripe in years, in upright manhood and good citizenship, leaving to posterity the inheritance of the memory of a well spent life.


Card of Thanks

Prompted by a deep feeling of appreciation we extend to the friends of Cottage and Tiskilwa a heartfelt thanks for the words of consolation and the many floral tributes. All these shall be remembered during the length of our days.

Mrs. H. H. Allen and Children

Fenwick R. Anderson

Fenwick R. Anderson, the other member of the firm of Scott & Anderson, was born in Lee county, Illinois, September 16, 1854, and is a son of Fenwick and Jeannette (Peek) Anderson, a sketch of whose lives will be found elsewhere in this volume. The educational privileges of our subject were such as the district schools afforded, and upon the home farm he early became familiar with agricultural pursuits. At the age of twenty-four years he began farming on his own account, and continued to engage in that honored calling until 1896. In July, 1895, he had purchases an interest in the livery business now conducted by Scott & Anderson. They have succeeded in building up a good trade, are men of known reliability, and the success which has attended their efforts is well deserved.

In 1879 Mr. Anderson led to the marriage alter Miss Emma Wilson, adopted daughter of William S. Wilson, one of the representative citizens of Ohio, whose sketch also appears in this work. They have become the parents of three children - Nancy Maria, William F. and Verdin. The wife and mother is a consistent member of the Methodist Protestant church. Fraternally, Mr. Anderson is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and, politically, give his earnest support to the republican party. He keeps well posted on current events, is wide-awake and industrious, and occupies a good social position among the successful business men of Ohio and vicinity.

[The Biographical record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois., Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1896 , Page 63 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

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