It was 1888 when Stillman Allen, along with a cousin, founded the Allen Lumber Company in an old general store in Barre. It was six short years later when according to Barre's Historical Souvenir, Allen Lumber had in the last three years-without doubt sold more lumber than any other retailer in the state. Stillman Allen would take his company into the next century, until his retirement in 1918, where for a short time the company was owned by his nephew, Claron Allen.