Charles Allen was born to Lewis Barker and Jane Allen in the Ypsilanti area of North Dakota in the early 1900s.
He and Bessie Mohn were married at the Ypsilanti Lutheran Church in a double wedding ceremony, with Alice Jessen and Gene Allen, on February 28, 1931. Charles and Gene were brothers.
Bessie Mohn graduated from high school in Montpelier in 1923, and began teaching at the Madden School the following fall. Bessie taught in several area schools, including rural schools in Winfield Township, Grandin, Homer, and Fredonia. She also clerked in various stores in the Jamestown area, including Woolworths, Shandlings, Buttreys, and the Fair Store.
Charles and Bessie Allen were the parents of two daughters: Denise and Betty Jane. Denise became Mrs. Bill Andres, and Betty Jane became Mrs. Jack Murray.
Charles (Chuck) Allen worked on construction and later drove a large equipment truck for Noel and Northern Construction Company. He also worked for a time for Midwest Trucking Service.
Charles retired in 1967, and continued to reside in Jamestown until his death in 1972. At the time of publication of the Ypsilanti Community Centennial Book, Bessie was residing in Jamestown.