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ALLEN, David C.
Transcribed from: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., 1923, Vol. III, page 8.
Pesented by Nancy Rayburn
ALLEN, DAVID C. Among the railway officials whose duties make them residents of Lakeland,
one who for many years has been in the service of the Atlantic Coast Line System is DAVID C.
ALLEN, general yard master at Lakeland. Mr. ALLEN began railroading when a boy, and has had
successive promotions and responsibility and is still a comparatively young man.
He was born in Columbus County, North Carolina, August 11, 1877, son of DAVID C. and JENNIE
(ROBINSON) ALLEN. His father, a native of North Carolina, gained a successful position as
a lawyer. He represented his county in the Legislature several times. He enlisted as a
private in the Confederate army, and by merit was promoted to the rank of colonel. After
the war he followed farming and the practice of law and died when about seventy-three years
of age. His wife was born in Columbus County and lived to the age of about seventy. Their
four sons and six daughters are still living and all married but one.
The fourth child and second son, DAVID C. ALLEN, was reared in Columbus County, educated in
public schools there, and began railroading in the capacity of baggage agent for the Seaboard
Air Line. Later he entered the train service as a flagman, and after about fifteen months
was promoted to conductor and was both freight and passenger conductor on the Seaboard Air
Line. He was with that road about five years, and for the past fifteen years has been in
the service of the Atlantic Coast Line.
Mr. ALLEN was transferred to Lakeland, Florida, in 1912 as yard master, and for the past
eight years has been general yard master. He has performed those duties longer than any
other man in that capacity at Lakeland.
In 1904 he married Miss EDITH WILLIAMS at Shelby, North Carolina. They have four children,
MILDRED, DAVID C., Jr., EVELINE and EDITH E.
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