NAME: Allen, David Clark (m. 1w Abigail Long, 2w Rebekah Halstad/Howard)
FUNERAL OF D.C. ALLEN
Last Saturday evening Mr. D.C. Allen, a respected citizen of this county for 37 years, died of cancer in the hospital at Missouri Valley, Iowa and the funeral took place Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home of his son, Mr. Wm. Allen, on the corner of Washington and 7th. A quartet of singers composed of Messrs VanDeusen, Arndt, Miss Vanola Brunton and Cora Stricklett sang a few of the old sacred songs and Rev. John D. Williams, pastor of Blair Christian Church conducted a short, impressive service. Following is part of the obituary read by the minister.
David Clark Allen was born in Indiana December 7, 1842 and so nearly 75 years of age when he died. When he was four years he came with his parents to Franklin County, Iowa, his father taking a homestead there in 1846. There he grew to manhood and he went out from the farm at call of his country to defend the Union in the days of the Civil War. He enlisted in the 16th Iowa Infantry giving three years to strenuous and loyal service and was honorably discharged at the close of the war. Returning home to Iowa he married Miss Abigail Long in 1864. They became the parents of seven children, five girls and two boys. These all survive and were present at the funeral with the exception of one daughter who died in childhood. In 1880 he removed with his family to this county and since has resided here. On Jan 25 he suffered the loss of his wife by death and in June 1885 he married Miss Rebecca Halstead who has outlived him though now in such frail health is unable to attend the funeral.
Mr. Allen's children are William Allen of Blair; Mrs. Elsie Stricklett of Blair; Mrs. J.T. Allen, Mrs. M.L. Riggs and Grace Fulton all of Des Moines, Iowa and Mrs. Iva Stricklett of Blair. The deceased belong to a family of nine children two of whom are still in the land of the living.
Long years ago he made a profession of the Christian faith and later joined the United Brethren church. He has been a member of the Grand Army Post here for many years and took an eager interest in all affairs of patriotic. Peace loving, good natured, and kind he will be dearly remembered by those who knew and esteemed him. He was a good citizen and leaves behind a humble heritage, exemplary conduct for those that come after him to follow.