Mt. Morris Index, Mt. Morris, IL


Was School Teacher by Profession -- Held Office of Assessor for Many Years

A large number of friends attended the funeral services Friday of Chas. H. Allen who died Wednesday morning of last week after some months of serious illness. Services were conducted at the home and at the Christian Church. Mr. Allen came to Illinois from Maryland more than seventy years ago and during all this time has lived in Mt. Morris and vicinity. By profession a school teacher, he had many former pupil who were saddened by his death as each was a personal friend. He was assessor of Mount Morris Township for more than thirty years and as such became one of the best known men in the township. He was fair and friendly in dealing with his fellow men and held the high respect and confidences of practically everyone in Mt. Morris Township. Chas. Hollingsworth Allen was born August 1, 1846, at Keedysville, Maryland, and departed this life December 9, 1925, at the age of seventy nine years, four months and eight days. He was the third child and third son of a family of six born to Isaac H. and Evaline Titlow Allen. All of his family have preceded him in death, except the eldest sister, Mrs. Mary Hartman of Freeport, Illinois. When six years of age, he came to with his parents to Illinois, abiding in the vicinity of Mount Morris; and here he has lived continuously for over seventy-three years. He has been a teacher, as were his father and grandfather before him, in the public schools of his adopted state for more than fifty years. For thirty years and more he has been assessor for this Township. On December 22, 1878, he was united in marriage to Miss Ella Wolfe. To this union seven children were born, the first dying in infancy. The six following are Ada May, who died January 4, 1907, wife of Rev. W. H. Kohl, leaving a daughter two and a half years of age; Raymond H. who very recently moved to Palmeto, Florida; Jesse I. of Mount Morris, Illinois; Florence Eva, wife of J. W. Watt, Mount Morris, Illinois, and Chas Earl residing four miles east of Oregon. There are twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild. For more than seventy-three years he has gone "in and out" among this people and has given himself in service to humanity. His pupils will long revere his memory; for his long service proves his ability as an instructor. Very late in life he united with the Christian Church and has been very devoted in his profession.

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Contributed by Margaret "Peg" (Allen) Arnold