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George C. Allen
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Birth: Jan. 25, 1852
Lucas County
Ohio, USA
Death: May 22, 1942
Emmet County
Iowa, USA

Iowa Editor Hurt
Estherville, IA George C. Allen, 92, senior editor of the Enterprise Publishing company of Estherville was treated Friday for a fractured hip suffered when he fell at the home of his son, Kirt. (Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, IA, May 22, 1942)

Geo. C. Allen, Senior Editor at Estherville, Died on Friday
George C. Allen, 92, senior editor of the Estherville Enterprise, died at Estherville Friday [May 22, 1942] evening as the result of a fall in the home of his son, Kirt, Thursday, in which his hip was fractured.

Mr. Allen had been in ill health for several months, and had suffered several other falls. The injured hip had been fractured previously when he was struck by an automobile several years ago.

Mr. Allen was born January 25, 1859, in Toledo, Ohio, and came west at the age of 19, settling in Fort Dodge, where he entered the shoe business.

He came by team to Estherville Aug. 12, 1870.

He served as railroad ticket agent for 10 years, was elected county auditor, and served as postmaster. He and his son, Kirt, purchased the Enterprise in 1913.

Mr. Allen is survived by his son, Kirt, two grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Kirt Allen home on Monday. (Spirit Lake Beacon, Spirit Lake, IA, May 28, 1942)

Estherville Editor Died From Injuries
George C. Allen, 92, senior editor of the Estherville Enterprise, died late Friday night after a hip injury he received Thursday at the home of his son and partner, Curt Allen. Funeral services were held Monday. Rev. Fred Ortmeyer, of the Estherville Methodist Lutheran church, officiated. Burial was in Oak Hill cemetery at Estherville.

Mr. Allen had been in declining health for some time but he quite regularly came to the Enterprise office where he spent much of his time reading and renewing old acquaintances. He was born at Toledo, Ohio, in January, 1850. When he was 19 years of age he settled at Fort Dodge where he entered the shoe business. Mr. Allen located at Estherville in 1870. He was ticket agent for the B.R. &N. railway for 10 years and later served six terms as Emmet county auditor. He then entered the newspaper business with his son Curt. He served as postmaster at Estherville for several terms. (Democrat, Emmetsburg, IA, May 28, 1942)

One by one these faithful old pioneers have been departing from our midst. They have served their time in building up one of the finest little cities in the northwest, and they have served the city community well.

Their jobs as pioneers were hard ones. The early days here were full of hardships. Those who came before the railroads knew of those days of grief. They braved the hardships George C. Allen was one of these young pioneers who braved the hardships of establishing himself in a new country. When he was nineteen years of age he left his home in Maumee (now Toledo), Ohio and went with a sister to Beardstown, Ill., to make his home. He was dissatisfied with the country and was homesick. He returned home in a few months. It was not long before the call of the wilderness came again and he with his older brother, Frank, came to Fort Dodge. He entered the shoe business there and was satisfied.

His brother Frank still wanted to go farther into a new country and went scouting for a new location. Frank returned to Fort Dodge and easily persuaded his brother to move to Estherville. They packed their stock in a wagon and arrived here on the 12th day of August, 1871. They established a store in a little log cabin building that stood on a lot at about the west side of the Donovan Motor Co. At that time all of the business was on that street.

Later they erected a frame building on a lot where the Crawford store is now located. Frank Allen studied law and commenced the practice. Later in 1886 George Allen entered the service of the old B. C. R. & N. R. R. as ticket agent. For ten years he served in this capacity and became known as one of the best ticket agents in the northwest. He was elected to the office of county auditor and left the railway service. He served as auditor for ten years. He then formed a partnership with his son. At the end of five years he was appointed to the office of postmaster.

During the time he was in office he was able to obtain a congressional grant for a post office here. When the government submitted plans for the building he indicated he was not satisfied with the plans and finally obtained the present post office. He assisted in drawing the plans for the new building and later supervised the construction. He served as postmaster for seven years.

On retiring in 1913 from the office he and his son purchased the Enterprise. In 1914 the plant was lost by fire. In two weeks they were again operating on their own machinery. Fourteen years ago Mr. Allen was injured when struck by an auto. His limb was badly fractured and he was confined to a hospital for ten months. He returned to the office after his recovery by has never been active, but was present every day to the last.

George C. Allen was united in marriage to Miss Margaret McCulla September 3, 1876. To this union there was one son born, George K. Allen. Mrs. Allen passed away March 22, 1928.

One the arrival of Mr. Allen in Estherville he being interested in sports induced the men of Estherville to organize a ball team. There were not many more men here than it took to keep nine men in action. The team was known as the Northern Blizzards. They were a real ball team. For four years they played without defeat. They traveled to Algona to the east and to Worthington to the west and played all comers within a radius of 50 miles. All of the trips were made by wagon. Mr. Allen was also interested in hunting, fishing, and was a great lover of horses.

He was a member of the Methodist church, the I.O.O.F., the K. of P's, and the Elks. At one time he was a very active member in these organizations. Before his death he was happy and proud to know that the business he established contained members of his family into the fourth generation. He felt that not many organizations had four generations of interested in the business.

He is survived by one son, Geo. K. Allen; two grandchildren, Margaret of Des Moines and Herbert of this city, and four great grandchildren.

The funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the home of his son at two o'clock, the Rev. F. W. Ortmeyer officiating. Interment was made in the Oak Hill cemetery.
(Unknown, 1942 is penciled on this obituary)

Family links: 
  John Church Allen (1809 - ____)
  Nancy Kirtland Allen (1817 - 1912)
  Margaret McCulla Allen (1859 - 1928)
  George Kirtland Allen (1878 - 1957)*
  Lois Allen Carr (1840 - 1923)*
  James F Allen (1845 - 1895)*
  Francis Edward Allen (1850 - 1899)*
  George C. Allen (1852 - 1942)
  Charles E. Allen (1857 - 1929)*
  Lucy M. Allen (1860 - 1942)*
*Calculated relationship
Oak Hill Cemetery
Emmet County
Iowa, USA
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