Halsey Warren Allen was born in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1857. He attended the Yale Scientific Department University and graduated in 1876. He was admitted to the bar in 1881 and decided to head west in 1887. In 1890 he arrived in Redlands and became the superintendent of the Redlands, Lugonia and Crafton Domestic Water Company. Allen was also a director of the Crafton Water Company. His extensive experience in water law made him a likely candidate to protect the rights of the various water companies he served. Later in his career he became a director and manager of the Security National Bank in Redlands.
Allen’s first home in Redlands was on Brookside Avenue. He moved to 1055 Highland Avenue in 1894 and built a beautiful Victorian home. In 1904, the Highland Avenue home burned due to an electrical short. In August 1905 he contracted to build a replacement on the same foundation of the previous residence.
Mr. Allen married Stella Lindsley (1865-1949) of New York in 1890. He was a charter member of the Redlands Masonic Lodge, a vestryman and treasurer of the Trinity Episcopal Church, member of the Redlands Fortnightly Club and one of the founders of the Redlands Country Club and Kiwanis Club. At the time of his death March 1934 he was living at 365 Summit Avenue.
(Source: Redlands Daily Facts, March 31, 1934, p. 5)