Former Chief Allen Dies at Trenton.
Charles S. Allen, for twenty years a member of the fire department of Trenton, N. and for the past ten years its chief, died at his home in that city last Saturday, aged 55 years. Several years ago he sustained severe injuries while in the performance of his duties, which necessitated his retirement from active service last summer, and it was to these injuries that his death was directly due. Chief Allen was born at what is now Morris Heights, Pa, in 1856. He moved to Trenton in 1872, and was educated at the Rider & Allen Business College. He finished his trade as machinist at the Trenton Agricultural Works in 1870 He had always been a fireman, or at least as long as lie can remember. For 12 years he was the foreman of the Hand-in-Hand Company, and when the old volunteers went out of business, his job as a shipping clerk for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company had no attraction for him. It was due to his natural liking for the work that Chief Allen became a professional fireman. At that time he was made first assistant to Chief William McGill. He occupied this position until January 25, 1901, when Chief McGill died. He was then elected the head of the department, and has filled that position in a manner that has made the Trenton department one of the most efficient in the country. Chief Allen was stricken two years ago with rheumatism. Later spinal trouble, resulting from an old injury received in 1905, at the Trenton Mills and Elevator Company’s fire, developed. Since last Christmas he has appeared at headquarters only occasionally. Not since July 26 had he been able to get outdoors. Deceased was a prominent member of the International Association of Fire Engineers. and was at one time president of the New Jersey Fire Chief’s Association.