Samuel Allen resides on section 19, Grant Township, where he owns a farm of cultivated land, and raises fine stock. He was born in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, in the month of September, 1843. His father, John Allen, was a native of England, and died in that country. Samuel received a good school education, and as soon as he became old enough, he was an apprentice with his father, at the trade of wagon-making. He was thus engaged until 1869, when he came to Dane county, Wisconsin, and resided near Madison for one year, when he went into that city, and was engaged in making car trucks for the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul railroad company. He there remained some years, when he came to Cass county, and has since made it his home. He was married while in England, to Sarah A. Hartshorn, a daughter of Lawrence and Sarah (Morris) Hartshorn. They have been blessed with one child--John, who takes charge of the farm, and is working with his father. The family are members of the Episcopal church, and Mr. Allen is a member of the I. O. O. F. lodge, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Contributed by Lisa Varnes-Rex, from "History of Cass County, Iowa. Together With Sketches of its Towns, Villages and Townships, Educational, Civil, Military and Political History: Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Old Settlers and Representative Citizens." Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Company, 1884, pg. 691.