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358   MEN OF CANADA.

DANIEL ROSS VANALLEN, of Chat-

ham, Out., presi-

dent and manager of the Chatliam   Manufacturing Conlpaiiy, was born on the 27th of December, 1823, in Burford township, Oxford County. Wheii he was five years of age his father re-moved to Port Dover and engaged in farming. Here the subject of our sketch received such education as the public school afforded. In 1833 he went to lire «rith his uncle in Chatham, Captain Henry Van Allen, who was engaged in mercantile business there, with wboin he remained until 1838, when he started out to do for himself. From this time until 1845 he was en1-ployed as clerk in various country stores. In 1845 he managed a store for a Chat-ham firm, at the point where the town of Dresden now is. While here, being in1-pressed with the eligibility of the location as being de-

sirable for a town, he purchased a lot of land, upon which he founded what is now the flourishing town of Dresden. He carried on business extensively here until 1849. He then removed to Chatham, where he engaged in the mercantile business, which he continued until 1858, -\when he abandoned this business and embarked in the manufacture of hardwood lumber, in which he has continued since with marked success. In 1882, after the adoption of the National Policy, Mr. Van Allen forined a joint Stock Company for the manufacture of farm waggons, of which the Chatham Manufac-

turing Company- is the result. In 1862 he exhibited, at his own expense, at the World's Fair, London, Eng., a lot of planks of timber, being specimens of the growth and varieties of wood in the vicitlity of Chatham. He was awarded the highest prize in that exhibition for this remarkable display. Mr. Van Allen was for many years school trustee, councillor, reeve, deputy reeve, and for one year mavor of Chatham, all of wliich offices he filled with ability. In politics he is a Conservative. He is an active roan, and has contributed largely to the material prosperity- of that section.

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