September 18, 1806 - March 6, 1886
Allen Park (S. Bridge Street), Chippewa Falls
S. Allen was born in Chelsea, Vermont, and came to the Chippewa
Valley of Wisconsin in 1834. Here he began a long and flourishing
career and an active business life. He built the first grist-mill,
the first flour-mill, and the first hotel in Chippewa Falls.
In 1846 he operated the Allen & Bass Sawmill on the
Chippewa River. He also built keel boats to navigate the
Chippewa and Mississippi Rivers.
1838, Hiram married Marie De Marie, a daughter of Louis
De Marie, one of the first settlers in this area. Together
they had eleven children: Mary, Henry, Laura, Charles, Charlotte,
Edward, Angeline, Ira, Cordelia, John, and Hannah.
the organization of Chippewa County in 1853, Mr. Allen was
the unanimous choice of the people for county treasurer.
He also became the first postmaster of Chippewa Falls.
village was surveyed and plotted under his direction in
1856, giving Hiram S. Allen the distinction of being called
the founder of Chippewa Falls.
County Historical Society
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