Irvin B. Allen, proprietor of a sheet metal shop and dealer in furnaces at Muncie and one of the veterans in that line in this part of the state, was born at South Bend, Indiana, March 17, 1867, and is a son of William and Cynthia (Warner) Allen, the former of whom, a fresco artist, was a native of New York State. Upon finishing his school days Irvin B. Allen started on an apprenticeship to the tinner's trade at Bristol, in Elkhart County, and worked there for two years, at the end of which time he went West and at different places in Kansas was engaged working at that trade, also for some time working on the construction of the Missouri Pacific Railroad, and remained West until he was about twenty-five years of age, when he returned to Indiana and in 1892 located at Eaton, in this county, where he began working for Younts & Mansfield. That was in the days of the gas "boom" hereabout and work was plentiful. In the next year he went to Hartford City, but after a short stay there returned to Eaton and put in a shop of his own. Not long afterward, however, he disposed of that place and went to Montpelier, thence back to Hartford City and from there to Marion, and then in 1900 went to Milroy, down in Rush County. Mr. Allen remained at Milroy until in 1914 when he disposed of his interests there and returned to Delaware County, locating at Muncie, and became engaged working on public buildings throughout this part of the state, doing the sheet metal work and installing heating plants. In 1917 he established a shop of his own at Muncie and has since then been in business here, his first shop having been at 425 East Main Street. In September 1922, he sold that shop and moved to his present quarters at 1109 East Main Street, where he is now operating and where he is well equipped for all local demands in his line, with particular reference to roofing and furnace installations. Mr. Allen married Maude Blair, daughter of William A. Blair, and has three children, Bernice, Lois and Myron. The Allens reside at 419 West Howard Street.