Obit: Allen, Hiram S. (1806 - 1886)
---Source: Eau Claire News | Eau Claire, Wisconsin | Saturday, March 13, 1886 | Page 1
Death of Hiram S. Allen. (18 Sep 1806 - 6 Mar 1886)
On Saturday evening, March 6, at his residence in Chippewa Falls, after an illness of two days, Mr. Hiram S. Allen, one of the earliest pioneers of the Chippewa Valley, breathed his last. On Monday afternoon his remains wore followed to the grave by one of the largest funeral corteges ever seen in the valley. Services conducted by Rev. Brown, the pastor, were held at the Presbyterian church, Rev. Lock wood, of Eau Claire, for many years a friend of the deceased, delivering the discourse. The desk was was draped in crape, relieved by baskets of cut flowers. A number of tasteful floral tributes rested on the coffin. Among those present of the old settlers of the valley, were Capts. Wm. Wilson and A, Tainter of Menomonie, and Wm. Carson, O, H. Ingram, H. P. Graham and R. F. Wilson of Eau Claire.
The city officials attended in a body, and about every family at the Falls was represented.
The name of H. S. Allen has been a familiar one in the Chippewa lumber regions for half a century. In 1832 he left Vermont and reached the Chippewa in the summer of 1834, coming up the Mississippi from Galena, in a keelboat. He engaged in lumbering at Menomonie until 1846, when he founded Chippewa Falls and thereafter resided, engaged until within a few years in lumbering and kindred pursuits. He was a man of even temper, remarkably courteous in his demeanor and very popular with his associates. He was always kind and considerate to his employees, hundreds of whom, though now scattered widely throughout the northwest, will hear the announcement of his death with a sense of personal loss.
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