November 13, 1913 p. 7, col. 4

George Q. Allen

Word was received here Monday morning by Charles H. Allen of the death of his brother, George Q. Allen, which occurred at his home in Chicago very suddenly Sunday afternoon at 4:30, as the result of a stroke of apoplexy. The attack came without warning, as Mr. Allen made no complaint of feeling ill previous to the sudden summons.

Mr. Allen through many years of residence in Mount Morris formed many lasting aquaintances here who with his immediate relatives are greatly saddened over the sudden decree terminating his active and useful life. He was a frequent visistor here and his cheery ways were always the remark of those who met him.

For over a quarter of a century Mr. Allen has been a deputy United States Marshall of the northern district of Illinois and was the first to serve as Crier of the Appellate Court in Chicago. His figure had grown to be a familiar one and widely known throughout this part of the state. Mr. Allen took great pride in his war record, having taken part in many battles. While small of stature, he was mighty in nerve and fight. The part he took during the great railroad strike in Chicago, and other cases now a matter of history, stamped him as one of the best officers in the government service.

George Q. Allen was born near Hagerstown, Md., April 24, 1842, and died at the age of 70 years, 6 months and 15 days. He came with his parents, Capt. and Mrs. Isaac H. Allen, to Mount Morris in 1850, both of the latter passing away here a number of years ago. A surviving brother, Charles H. Allen, still retains his residence here. Mr. Allen was educated in the public schools of the village and at Rock River Seminary.

At the breakout of the Civil war Mr. Allen enlisted in the 15th Illinois Infrantry, under command of Capt. Henry Burrell of Freeport, enlisting at Belvidere, Ill. Shortly after entering the service he was made Adjutant of the regiment, which position he filled with rare credit, his reports at all times being models for correcdtness and neatness as he was a pensman of rare skill. He served throughout the war, acquitting himself with honor.

Mr. Allen is survived by his wife and one daughter, Miss Viola. Mrs. Fred Hartman and Mrs. Clara Cheney, both of Freeport, are sisters, and Charles H. Allen, of Mount Morris, a surviving brother.

Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon, Wednesday, from the family home, 815 Byron Street, Chicago. The services were under the direction of the Grand Army Post of which Mr. Allen had long been an active and zealous member. His brother of this place was in attendance at the funeral.

Contributed by Peg Allen Arnold

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