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Behind the Signature: Irene Allen

By: Anne Papineau, Journal staff writer
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A visit with the Journal’s letter contributors. Irene Allen Lives in: Colfax, since 1987, with husband, Doug. “We used to live in Auburn, but it was getting too crowded. My ex and I moved to Auburn in 1975.” Career: Worked many years as a bookkeeper. For the last 11 years, Allen was a chef at a Catholic retreat, Our Lady of the Oaks in Applegate. She had to cook for as many as 200 guests. “We were all fired last year because the church was subsidizing us. They couldn’t anymore and hired a management company. I was fortunate that I was able to retire.” Writing to the Journal: “I belong to the tea party in Colfax. Myrtle Finley, the head of it, saw a letter from a man in Nevada City, and I was chosen to write the response to him.” Does for fun: “We have a fifth-wheel. We go camping, to the ocean, Southern California, Arizona, where it’s warm in the winter.” Most recent letter: “What tea party really stands for,” Sept. 25