The Rockford Morning Star, Wednesday 10 February 1904
OLD TAILOR PASSES AWAY
RICHARD ALLEN, PIONEER OF CITY, CALLED TO HIS REST
Richard S. Allen a pioneer tailor of Rockford died yesterday morning at 10 o’clock at his home, 1107 Harlem avenue. He had been ill for the past six years from Bright’s disease and heart trouble. He had been confined to his bed the past six weeks. He was a native of Probus, Cornwall, England, and was born Nov. 28, 1833 and spent his boyhood there. He came to this country and to Rockford in 1849. He was employed by George R. Atkinson for twelve years as cutter and then engaged in the business himself. In 1893 he retired and lived quietly until his death. He was married to Miss Clarissa Jane Woodward of Canada. Three children were born to them, a son, Frank S. Allen, surviving the father. Decedent was a member of Rockford Lodge No. 102 A. F. & A. M., joining in 1864. He was also a member of the United Workmen.
He was a kindly man and well known to many through his long residence here. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the residence the Rev. J. T. Burhoe officiating. The Masons will have charge and the interment will be in the west side cemetery.
Contributed by Bob Bolitho