Mr. Charles E. Allen, our genial tax collector of Citrus County, was born at Crystal River in 1863, but his parents moved to Lecanto, the present home of Mr. Allen, in 1864, a year later.
His father died immediately after the civil war, so Mr. Allen received but a common school education whilst growing up under the adverse circumstances of the reconstruction days.
After coming of age he settled down to farming, at which he made a decided success.
On the 10th of May, 1904, he was elected to the office of tax collector of Citrus County, which arduous and exacting position he has thus far, filled to the entire satisfaction of the voters of the county.
Mr. Allen, though, until lately not much known in public life, seems matched for a brilliant future career. Modest and unassuming, he had to be sought out by the public; now that he has been found and his abilities have been tested, he will, no doubt, be headed for further and higher public honors. Certain it is that he has made for himself many true and tried friends who will stand by him in his future ambitions.