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Allen J. Dean

Allen J. Dean was born in Sherman, New York, January 11, 1854.  He went to school until thirteen, when he begun to earn his own living.  A year in a drug store, and then he took up the trade of carriage trimming, and when nineteen started in the harness-making and carriage-trimming business for himself.

   When twenty-four he succeeded his father in the hotel business, but sold out to his brothers after a time.  Later he bought them out in turn, and remained in the hotel business until 1894, when he became president of a bank.  In 1895, however, he came out to Pittsburg, Kas., where, in company of his brothers, he operated the Hotel Stilwell.  In 1897 the Ewins-Dean Hotel Company was formed in Kansas City by Frank Ewins, A. J. Dean and D. J. Dean, and commencing with the Savoy, the Baltimore was launched in June, 1899.  In December the Deans bought out the Ewins, and formed the Baltimore Hotel Company, of which A. J. Dean is secretary and treasurer.  In addition to the enlarged Baltimore, the company controls and operates the Hotel Metropole at St. Joseph and the Midland in this city.

     Mr. Dean married Miss Francis Relf, of Sherman, and they have one daughter.  He belongs to the Driving Club, and is a thirty-second degree Mason, and a Shriner.  Although still retaining his banking and other interests in Sherman, Mr. Dean is indissolubly attached to Kansas City.
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