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ALLEN, Emery S. 1840-1909


Posted By: S. Bell
Date: 2/21/2014 at 00:55:40

[The Waterloo reporter, Thursday, March 4, 1909]

Emery S. Allen whose home had been near Triumph almost his entire life after 1856, died at the soldiers home at Marshalltown on Friday, February 26, 1909, of abscess of the lungs, having grown worse soon after his entrance into the home and failing steadily, during the three months of his stay in the institution.

Previous to going to the home, he resided at Waterloo for about seven years. Deceased was born in Florence, New York, November 16, 1840, and at the time of his death was age 68 years 3 months, 10 days. In 1853, he came with his parents, Japhet and Chloe Allen to Vermillion Illinois, and about 1856, the family came to Littleton, residing north of the village for a time, then located near Triumph.
For three years and nine months Emery served his country having enlisted in Company C 27th Iowa infantry. An older brother, Marcena, was a member of Company C 9th Iowa infantry, and died while in the service in May 1863.

Deceased was united in marriage May 8, 1869 to Miss Sophronia Webster who survives. Nine children were born, eight of whom are living, a daughter Mrs. Robert Heales, dying in 1898 is buried in the Littleton Cemetery.

Those surviving are Mrs. S. E. Goodwin, of Lincoln Nebraska; Marcena Allen of St. Louis, Missouri, better known here as Mart: George W. Allen of Great Falls, Montana: Earl of Big Springs, Texas: E. Herbert of Fort Dodge: Garfield J. Allen of Fairbanks; Floyd W Allen of Waterloo: Mrs. Ida Crawford of Waterloo. The children who were near enough to come and be with him when he passed away were Herbert, Garfield, Floyd and Mrs. W. R. Crawford and husband.

One brother Edwin Allen of Hazelton survives, also two sisters, Mrs. Rachel Stanford of New York and Mrs. Mattie Webster of Los Annmos, Colorado.

The remains being taken to Fairbank, where the members of the G. A. R. took charge and accompanied the friends to the burial place in the Littleton Cemetery, where they conducted the last services. They were comrades Bothwell, Betts, Chase, Leahey, Smith, Sayles and flag bearer Munger. This was in accordance with the express wishes of the deceased. Children and veteran comrades carried out all wishes so far as possible. The many friends who held Mr. Allen in esteem, throughout this section has seen with regret his failing health for a number of years. He was familiar with all the privations incidental to pioneer life and during hours when he was at the soldiers home among strangers how often the thought must have come to his mind of the faithful mother who never failed to place a light in an upper window of the prairie home, that might safely guide himself and brother home over the unfenced, snow-covered prairies, when some meeting at the little red schoolhouse, now Triumph, held them during the evening hours.

[Waterloo Semi Weekly Courier, March 2, 1909]

Old Soldier Called

Emery S. Allen, a veteran of the Civil War passed away yesterday at the old soldiers home at Marshalltown after a lingering illness from abscess of the lungs. He has been at the home for three months, having lived here at 326 Newell Street for seven years, prior to going there. He conducted a feed store on East Fifth street for years until his health failed.

E. S. Allen was born in Florence, New York November 16, 1840. He moved with his parents to Vermillion, Illinois in 1853, later moving to Fairbank, Iowa. He served his country for three years and nine months with Company C 27th Iowa infantry in the Civil War. He was married May 8, 1869 to Sophronia B Webster, who survives him. To this union were born nine children, eight of whom are living. A daughter, Mrs. Robert Heals died in 1898. The others are, Mrs. L. E. Goodwin, Lincoln, Nebraska; Martin Allen, St. Louis, Missouri: George W Allen, Great Falls, Montana: Earl Allen, Big Springs, Texas: E. H. Allen, Fort Dodge: J. J. Allen, Fairbank; and F. W. Allen and Mrs. W. R. Crawford of the city. A brother and two sisters are also living. Some of the children were at his bedside during the last hour.

Remains were brought here this morning, and interment will be at Littleton, Iowa on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.


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