From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 631-632
From sound German stock comes Chris Allman, the well-known liquor dealer of Huntington, who was born three miles north of Canal Dover, Ohio, on February 4, 1854. His father, Charles Allman, was a native of Hessen-Hamburg, Germany, where he grew to manhood, married and began his business career. Though a farmer, like all Germans he learned a trade, shoemaking, which he followed for some years. Between 1840 and 1844 he immigrated with his wife to the United States and settled near Canal Dover, Ohio. Buying eighty acres of heavily timbered land in that then rather rough county, Mr. Allman worked with all the energy characteristic of the Germans, his labor finally resulting in the clearing and getting into fine shape this new western farm, but the hard work which brought about this success shortened his life, he dying at the age of fifty-nine. All day he would work on the farm, and at night he made and repaired the shoes of his family and neighbors. This sort of labor he kept up during his entire life in America. Dying when the subject of this sketch was but eight years old, the lad, with his brothers and sisters were left to he care of his wife, Elizabeth. She was also a native of Germany, having been born and raised in the same town with the boy who in after years became her life partner, and accompanied him to the new world in quest of a home they could call their own. She survived him many years, dying at the age of seventy-three. Ten children came to bless this union, and the subject of this sketch was the youngest. Both Charles and Elizabeth Allman were enthusiastic and ardent members of the Lutheran church.
Reared on a farm, where hard work is always the chief requisite to success, Chris Allman grew up a sturdy farmer lad, and his early training instilled that rugged common sense which has characterized him in his dealings with the business world. Up to the age of sixteen he attended the common school. At that age he went to Massillon, where he worked in his brother's grocery store for several years. Tiring of this, he went back to the farm, but left in January of 1872 to come to Indiana, where he decided to cast his future lot.
Coming to this county with an uncle, John Kaylor, he worked on a farm for over a year, and then went into the business of selling agricultural implements for Phoenix Baker. For two years he traversed the county with horse and buggy until he knew and was known by nearly every one in Huntington county. During the latter part of the seventies he was in the saloon business, first as a bartender and then as the proprietor of a saloon on Jefferson street, which he conducted until 1884, when he failed.
For the next two years Mr. Allman traveled over Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, selling liquors. In 1887 he entered a large wholesale and retail grocery store as salesman, a position he held for three years, which he gave up to enter the saloon business. At present he is a well-known and popular dispenser of liquors, and considered one of the up-to-date business men of the city.
Mr. Allman's married life has been a most happy one. He was married November 23, 1881, to Miss Elizabeth Fisher, a Huntington lady. Five children have come to lend sunshine to their home: John, Lena, Bertha, Nicholas and Edward, all of whom are at home. From his boyhood days to the present time Mr. Allman has been a stanch, unswerving Democrat, ever awake to his party's interests. He is a member of the Royal Arch Masons, and takes great interest in the work of the order. In his business relations he enjoys the reputation of strict integrity, and has many warm personal friends.