After marrying Fama Viola Bohner on September 27, 1897, H. Lee Allen built a home next door to that of his parents, at 509 South Fourth Street, Oregon, Ogle, Illinois, where both of the children were born and Lee lived until his death. He owned the Allen (department) Store, was a stockholder in the bank, and served as the mayor of Oregon, Illinois. Lee also had a fine tenor voice and enjoyed singing to the piano accompaniment of his wife Fama.
Lee’s creed, “I Need Not Fear,” was read at his funeral by Rev. Bickenbach:
If I live a life that is clean and square, and I love my fellow man, And I lend him a hand to help him bear his burden whenever I can, I need not fear what the future holds nor what the reward shall be, For the mighty love that all enfolds will most surely care for me.
If I speak a good word of cheer to one whose sorrows have borne him down, And I give him new hope to journey on and change to a smile his frown, I shall not dread when the shadows fall and the end of life draws near, For that wondrous love that shelters all will drive away my fear.
For my life is measured by what I mete, and I earn my own reward, So the love I give makes my heart complete, and through it I gain the reward. For whether I dwell in a house by the road or far from the haunts of men, If only my love makes bright the abode, no fear shall enter it then. – Anonymous
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