Th, 21 Dec 1905, p. 1
A Christmas of Mourning
A Prominent Citizen Passes Away
By the hand of death Wallaceburg has lost this week a prominent and highly respected citizen in the person of Orlando Allen, and his demise has cast a gloom over the community. It is hard to realize that his kindly presence is no longer with us, that his familiar form will be seen no more. For several months he has been suffering from Bright's disease, bravely bearing up and attending to business until two weeks ago, when he was obliged to give up and take to his bed, but the efforts of two physicians were unavailing, and he passed away on Monday last, 28th inst., in his 68th year.
The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon. Service at the house was conducted by his pastor, Rev. R. J. Garbutt, assisted by Rev. Mr. Newell, of St. James church, an old friend of the deceased. During the impressive service the Methodist choir rendered "Kissed by the Angel of Peace", T. B. Dundas and Mrs. Carscallen taking the duet part. Deceased was laid to rest in Wallaceburg cemetery in the presence of a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends, among whom were Charles Allen, Bothwell, brother; Wm. and Chas. Allen, Chatham; Mr. and Mrs. John Howser, Brigden; Mr. and Mrs. Norris Little and family, Lorain; Orlando Allen, Loraine. Mrs. Dan Taylor, of Buffalo, was unable to be present through sickness.
The late Orlando Allen was born at Ipswich, Sussex, England, coming to Canada when a boy of eight with his parents, and settled at Bothwell, where at the time of the oil boom he was deeply interested in oil with varying success. He married Miss E. O'Dell, of Bothwell. 23 years ago Mr. Allen and family moved to Wallaceburg, and has conducted a bakery and confectionery business, which is now carried on by his eldest son, Edgar. He was a devoted member of the Methodist church, and his death has caused a vacancy that will be hard to fill. He was an Oddfellow and in politics a leading Reformer.
The family are: Edgar, of Wallaceburg; Mrs. Norris Little, Loraine; Mrs. Dan Taylor, Buffalo; Orlando, Loraine; and Stanley (deceased). There are also seven grandchildren.
Among the many floral tributes was that sent by the ladies' aid of the Methodist church.
[Note: Miss E. O'Dell is Mary Elizabeth O'Dell.]