|Birth: ||Mar. 8, 1862|
|Death: ||Mar. 16, 1957|
CANON CITY DAILY RECORD, MONDAY, MARCH 18, 1957
J. D. ALLEN, EARLY DAY RAILROAD TELEGRAPHER, DIES AT ROCKVALE
Jefferson Davis Allen of Rockvale, 95-year-old railroading pioneer and a resident of Colorado for three-quarters of a century, succumbed at this home at 3:10 p.m. Saturday following an extended illness.
Mr. Allen was born in Chico, Calif., March 8, 1862, and came to Fremont county over 50 years ago, residing variously in Cotopaxi, Canon City and Rockvale. During his railroad career, he was a telegrapher when the Denver and Rio Grande laid its road through the Black Canon of the Gunnison. He well remembered the dispute of the Rio Grande and the Santa Fe for the line through the Royal Gorge.
He began his railroading career in 1882 and retired in 1936 at the age of 73. He had been in declining health since suffering a broken hip in December of 1954. He first settled at the community of Apishapa, Colo., near Trinidad.
He married Miss Rosa DeBlois in Frederictown, Mo., in July 1883. Mrs. Allen preceded her husband in death.
Mr. Allen was an ardent sportsman and was fond of fishing, hunting, and baseball. He was also musically inclined and played the piano and violin. His death marked the passing of the oldest of five generations.
He was a member of the Elks lodge and of St. Patrick's Catholic church of Rockvale.
Surviving are two children, Mrs. Agnes Smith of Rockvale and D. T. Allen of San Diego, Calif., and eight grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 9 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick's church in Rockvale. Recitation or Rosary will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday, also at St. Patrick's church.
Interment will be in Union Highland cemetery, under direction of the Canon Funeral Home.
Rosa Alice DeBloise Allen (1862 - 1915)*
Agnes Kathline Allen Smith (1892 - 1988)*
Note: DATE IS BURIAL DATE, NOT DEATH DATE- Record No. 5731
Union Highland Cemetery
Plot: Section 21, Lot 41
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