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Melvin Allen (1917)


Posted By: Mary Welty Hart
Date: 3/7/2007 at 16:54:01

The Winterset Madisonian
Winterset, Iowa
Wednesday, February 7, 1917


Melvin Allen died suddenly at the age of 42 years at his home in southwest Winterset on Friday, Feb. 2nd, 1917.

Mr. Allen had been a rugged man all his life until last fall, when he began to fail in health. Physicians were not agreed as to the exact nature of his complaint, but it is believed to have been a heart complaint. He had rested better on the night before his death, than for months, and after dinner had sat down in a front room to rest with his feet on a stool. Mrs. Allen, working in the kitchen, heart the thud of his feet on the floor and on going into the room, found him dead.

His father was a twin brother to Obediah Allen, sons of Wm. Allen, who lived east of Winterset years ago. Mrs. Allen before her marriage was Miss Belle Husted, daughter of the late Thomas Husted. She, with ten children, survive Mr. Allen.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at three o'clock at the home, Rev. Burton conducting. Miss C. B. Allen and Claude Allen of Council Bluffs, sister and brother, attended the funeral. Another sister and brother in Colorado, were not able to be present.

The Winterset Madisonian
Winterset, Iowa
Wednesday, February 7, 1917


Melvin Allen was born on Jan. 26, 1875 and died Feb. 2, 1917, aged 42 years and 7 days.

His birth occurred in South township, Madison county, Iowa, where his early childhood was spent. At the age of five years, his parents removed to Council Bluffs, where they remained till his 15th year when he came back to this county living with his grandfather until his 20th year, when he was married to Miss Belle Husted and immediately established a home of his own. Since that time he has lived in various places in this county, but has always engaged in farming, until the last two or three years, which have been spent in this city.

Mr. Allen was the father of 11 children, ten of whom with his companion still survive, one having passed away in infancy. Thirteen years ago, he united with the Methodist Episcopal church, but was often deprived of religious privileges on account of distance from church. A few months ago, however, he reconsecrated his life to the service of his Master and again united with the church of his choice here in Winterset.

In September last, Mr. Allen began to fail in health and gradually declined till the end came. His family and friends noted with anxiety the change for the worse, but none expected his passing so soon. In fact, hopes were entertained that he might yet change for the better and possibly recover entirely from the disease which had fastened itself upon him; but it was not to be. On Friday, Feb. 2d about one o'clock p.m. without the slightest warning, he quietly slipped out of this life and went to join the innumerable company that have gone on to the other world.

Mr. Allen was a man of generous impulses and of a cheerful disposition. In all the vicissitudes of life, incident to raising and providing for a large family, he was never inclined to worry or complain, and in his last illness he bore his sufferings without a complain and without a murmur. May we all emulate his good qualities and strive to meet him in the land of life and light.


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