Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
SAMUEL ALLEN, farmer, lives ten
miles east from Hatton. He was born in Zanesville, Ohio, September
16, 1850, the son of Josiah B. and Frances (Herrick) Allen. The mother
was a daughter of General Herrick, who fought in the Revolutionary War.
The father was a native of Connecticut, and with the mother, settled at
Janesville early in life, where they lived the remainder of their lives,
rearing a family of ten children. The children are, Edward H., Mary,
Margaret, Maggie, Lizzie, Charles, Emma, Fannie, Josiah, and Samuel.
At the age of sixteen Mr. Allen, after having
received a fair common school education in his native town, went to Kansas
City, and there learned the art of telegraphy. He followed this profession
until arriving at his majority, when he engaged in railroad work, and in
1887 he came to Adams county, Washington. Here he took a homestead
and timber culture, which he has continued to cultivate down to the present
time. He also has purchased enough land to make a full section, all
of which is under cultivation and improved. His farm is well supplied
with live stock.
In 1872 Mr. Allen was married to Rena Moore,
daughter of George W. and Melana (Boren) Moore, the mother a native of
Virginia and the father of Tennessee. The parents of Mrs. Allen settled
in Illinois early in life, removed to Kansas in 1856, and in 1875 went
to Indian Territory, where both died. They were parents of seven
children, George M., Ezra B., Dillon, Rena, James K., and two who died
Mr. Allen is a Republican in political belief.
He is an enthusiastic worker in school matters, and at different periods
of his residence he has served on his local school board. Mrs. Allen
is a member of the Christian church.
To Mr. and Mrs. Allen have been born six children,
five of whom are living, George J., S. Francis, Pearl A., Charles M., and
Ethel M. All are at home but S. Francis, who is at Kahlotus, Washington.