H.B. Allen, postmaster of the firm of Allen & Jacobs, dealers in hardware and agricultural implements, was born in Clinton county, N.Y., in 1835; moved to Elgin, Ill., in 1855, and engaged in farming. In 1860 moved to De Kalb County, Ill. He enlisted in the 95th Ill. Vol. Inft., served three years. He was with Gen. Grant in the Vicksburg campaign, and was wounded, losing a portion of his right hand; was discharged in July, 1865. In 1867 he came to Sac County, Ia., and engaged in farming. He moved to Wall Lake in the autumn of 1874, and established his present business. He was appointed postmaster in May, 1881. Mr. Jacobs, formerly of Benton County, Ia., became a member of the firm in Jan., 1882. They carry a large and complete stock of hardware. The agricultural warehouse is on the comer of Main and First sts. They handle goods from all the leading manufactories.