|Birth: ||Sep. 13, 1842|
|Death: ||Jun. 8, 1923|
Alton Evening Telegraph, June 11, 1923:
Civil War Veteran, Alton Business Man, Dies
George R. Allen, retired manufacturer, civil war veteran, and one of Alton's most prominent citizens for many years, died Sunday night at 10 o'clock at his home, 1004 State St. His death had been expected the last week, at almost any time. He had been in failing health for two years. The death of his wife recently was a blow from which the aged gentleman was not long in showing the effects. He had not been well for some time, but the disaster that overtook him when his wife died was a crushing one. Since that time he had only been waiting until his time would come to join her.
The couple had been a most devoted pair. They had reared a family of six sons and it had remained unbroken until a few years ago when one son, Bert, accidentally lost his life by striking his head on a stone while diving into a swimming pool. That was perhaps the beginning of the decline of both the parents.
In March 1877, Mr. Allen was married to Anna Elizabeth Platt, who died four months ago. Mr. Allen at one time was one of the owners of one of the most important industries in Alton, in the days when industries were few here. He was one of the Firm of Allen & Ryrie, which conducted the Alton Box Co. plant here near the site of the present Alton Water Co. pumping station. It was a very successful business. It operated a large saw mill in the days when the lumbering industry was prosperous along the Mississippi river and it cut up logs which were rafted down the river. They employed a large force of men in the saw mill and in the box factory connected with it. A little more than thirty years ago, the plant was destroyed by fire and it was never rebuilt here. One of the biggest customers the firm had was the Drummond Tobacco Co., which had been in Alton and which had been moved to St. Louis. when the plant was burned James T. Drummond bought a third interest in it and the plant was moved to St. Louis where it would be more conveniently located for its best customer. There it continued in business until the Drummond Tobacco Co. was sold to the tobacco trust. After that Mr. Allen was not actively engaged in business. He, with his partner, J. M. Ryrie, retired.
Mr. Allen was a man who was known for his liberality, his interest in the institutions of his home city. He was a very successful business man, and one who made a great number of friends in Alton where he had made his home for many years. In the neighborhood where he lived, he was one of the most highly esteemed men. Among the men who worked for him, he was exceedingly popular.
During the closing days of Mr. Allen, most of his children were with him. They are Howard and George of Alton, Walton of Albuquerque, N. M., Hollis of Detroit, and Stanley of Kansas City.
Mr. Allen was born in Craftsbury, Vt., September 13, 1842, and was in his eighty first year. He enlisted in the Union cavalry in 1864 and saw one year's service in the Civil war. A few years after he had been discharged from service in the army, he came west and settled at Alton. He was a nephew of A. K. Root and he stayed at the Root home. He had lived in Alton about fifty years.
He was employed in the business with J. E. Hayner in a saw mill, which Mr. Hayner was operating and afterward the partnership was formed in which Mr. Allen and Mr. Ryrie were taken in. They managed the plant. About thirty two years ago, this plant was moved to St. Louis and in 1900 Mr. Allen retired from business.
Besides his sons, Mr. Allen leaves a brother, Joseph Allen, of Atchison, Kansas. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the residence on State Street. The services will be conducted by Rev. Frederick D. Butler of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Burial will be in the City cemetery. It is requested that flowers be omitted.
Anna Elizabeth Platt Allen (1849 - 1923)*
Howard F Allen (1880 - 1965)*
George P Allen (1883 - 1956)*
Hollis D Allen (1887 - 1948)*
Stanley Everts Allen (1889 - 1962)*
Plot: Block 31 Lot 16
Created by: RobMinteer57
Record added: May 07, 2012
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