J. H. Allen was b. Sept. 22, 1858 at Etna, Lafayette Co., Wis.He engaged as a clerk for a Mr. Buchan, at Benton, Lafayette Co., afterward for Godfry & Bros., druggists at Benton.He attended Commercial College at Dubuque, Iowa, graduating in 1876.He came to Washburn (Arthur), Lima Twp., Grant Co., Wis., in August 1879 and engaged in business -- Allen & Son, merchants.
I found him in the 1880 Census for Lima Twp., Grant Co: Joseph H. Allen21 mMerchantWis. James Allen19 mStore ClerkWis. Charles Allen17 mLaborerWis. Maggie Allen17 fWis.
Allen & Son, Merchants, must have been J. H. and his father, because in the Census they appear to be brothers and sister.