ALLEN J. DEAN (1905-1910/1916-1918) #20As part of #KCParks125, we are featuring all 104 Park Board Commissioners in order of their service.Allen J. Dean (1854-1920) served two terms on the Board of Park Commissioners first from 1901 – 1910 and again for two years from 1916-1918.Originally from Sherman, New York, Allen started work at 15 making harnesses. When he was 25, he went into his father’s business which was hotel management. In 1895, he and his brothers moved to Pittsburg, Kansas to manage a hotel there. In 1897, he and his brothers moved to Kansas City, when they managed the Savoy Hotel along with partner Frank Ewins. Mr. Dean was involved in real estate throughout his life.Mr. Dean was appointed as a Democratic representative on the Park Board in 1905. It was an active time for the Park Board with the development and improvements of a number of parks and boulevards. He was appointed again in 1916 to fill out the term of a Park Board Commissioner who had resigned, Shannon Douglass.Mr. Dean married Francis Relf of Sherman, New York and they had one daughter. When Mr. Dean died in 1920 in Kansas City, he was buried with family members in Sherman. #KCParks #FromTheArchives | KC Parks Instagram Photos

ALLEN J. DEAN (1905-1910/1916-1918) #20As part of #KCParks125, we are featuring all 104 Park Board Commissioners in order of their service.Allen J. Dean (1854-1920) served two terms on the Board of Park Commissioners first from 1901 – 1910 and again for two years from 1916-1918.Originally from Sherman, New York, Allen started work at 15 making harnesses. When he was 25, he went into his father’s business which was hotel management. In 1895, he and his brothers moved to Pittsburg, Kansas to manage a hotel there. In 1897, he and his brothers moved to Kansas City, when they managed the Savoy Hotel along with partner Frank Ewins. Mr. Dean was involved in real estate throughout his life.Mr. Dean was appointed as a Democratic representative on the Park Board in 1905. It was an active time for the Park Board with the development and improvements of a number of parks and boulevards. He was appointed again in 1916 to fill out the term of a Park Board Commissioner who had resigned, Shannon Douglass.Mr. Dean married Francis Relf of Sherman, New York and they had one daughter. When Mr. Dean died in 1920 in Kansas City, he was buried with family members in Sherman. #KCParks #FromTheArchives

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