"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 582-83
Joseph E. Allen. The rich agricultural resources of Huntington county have afforded to Joseph E. Allen the opportunities for securing success, and here, through earnest and consistent effort he has won a place among his localityâ€™s substantial men. His present farm, a tract of eighty acres, lying one mile south and three miles west of Warren, is one of the well-developed properties of Jefferson township, and in its management Mr. Allen has displayed the possession of business ability of more than an ordinary nature. As a citizen he has discharged his duties and responsibilities faithfully, and in each avenue of lifeâ€™s endeavor he has succeeded in his efforts to be known as a helpful and reliable member of his community.
Mr. Allen was born in Lancaster township, Huntington county, Indiana, March 22, 1871, and is a son of Curtis and Susanna (Beck) Allen. His father, a native of Howard county, Indiana, was there educated in the public schools, and in young manhood came to Lancaster township, Huntington county, and was married to one of that localityâ€™s native daughters. They settled down to agricultural pursuits, in which they continued to be engaged throughout their active careers, and both have now passed away. Mr. Allen was married twice, and had six children, namely: Mary J., who is the wife of John Miller; Joseph E., of this review; and John M., Ella May, Frank and Dow, who are all deceased.
Joseph E. Allen was a small lad when his parents brought him to Jefferson township, and here he grew to manhood amid rural surroundings. He secured liberal educational advantages in the district school in the vicinity of his fatherâ€™s farm, and when not engrossed in his studies was engaged in assisting his father in the work of the homestead, thus growing to sturdy manhood with an alert mind and a strong and well-trained body. In October, 1880, he founded a home of his own when he was married, the lady of his choice being Miss Amanda Rinehart, of Jefferson township. Of the five children born to this union four are still living: Russell, a graduate of the common schools, who married Glagie Myers, and is now engaged in successful farming operations in Jefferson township; Everett, a graduate of the common schools, who resides at home and assists his father in the work of farming; Miss Edith, who lives at home with her parents; Cleatus, the baby, who is one and one-half years old.
After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Allen settled on the farm which they now occupy, and which through conservative and well-directed effort has been brought to a high state of cultivation. In his work Mr. Allen has kept abreast of the progress of the times and is a recognized leader among the agriculturists and stock raisers of Jefferson township. The consensus of opinion regarding him is altogether favorable and the high esteem in which he is uniformly held comes as a tribute to his high business and personal worth. His farm is well equipped with improvements of the most modern character, as Mr. Allen is a firm believer in the use of the latest inventions, discoveries and methods and the gratifying results which he has achieved are testimonials to the effect that his judgment is of the best. He has a comfortable and well-appointed residence, a commodious and substantial barn and well-built outbuildings, his well-bred cattle are fat and content, and in all his property is one which creates a favorable impression upon the visitor and yields Mr. Allen a handsome income.
Mr. and Mrs. Allen are consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal church at Otterbein, Mr. Allen being a member of the board of trustees. In political matters he supports the principles of democracy, and has been prominent in the affairs of his township, especially in the line of good roads, being appointed under the law of the county as superintendent of gravel roads for Huntington county and having jurisdiction over the Beck, Shaw, Green, Searles, Detamore, Wearley, Cross, Nunamaker, Trout and Hawkins gravel roads. His public service has been characterized by conscientious devotion to duty, and as a result he is known as one of the helpful men of his community whose activities are potent factors in its development.