Ethelbert Forrester Allen was born in Hartford
County, Connecticut, in 1855. He received his early education
in Johns Hopkins Grammar School and the Hartford High School, from
which he was graduated in 1875.
He first came to Kansas City in 1876, where he
remained but a short time, passing on to the Northwestern country,
where he afterwards became general inspector of a company that had
Government contracts to furnish supplies for four Indian agencies.
In 1880 he came to Kansas City for a permanent residence, engaging
in the real estate business, in which he has ever since remained,
now being the president of the Allen Investment Company.
In 1889 he married Miss Virginia Riddle of
In Masonic circles the name of Mr. Allen is widely known. He
entered Masonry in 1884, and has received all the degrees of York
and Scottish Masonry including the thirty-third degree. He was
grand master of Missouri in 1888-89, and in 1887 organized Ararat
Temple A. O. N. M. S. In 1898 he was elected Imperial
Potentate for North America. He has served a term as president
of the Kansas City Real Estate Exchange, and in 1900 was the
Republican nominee for Lieutenant-Governor of Missouri, actuated
purely by party loyalty, and made a splendid race.