Allen, John Delbert (a.k.a. J.D.) b. April 20, 1851; d. April 28, 1947
Author Bertha Rachael Palmer wrote of J.D. Allen in her 1939 book Beauty Spots in North Dakota, in which she described several individuals significant to North Dakota's history: "Mr. Allen has lived through the most remarkable stage in the history of North Dakota and surely the most romantic. He knew the pioneers, the Indians and the buffalo and he saw them all pass like some great pageant, and today the pageant still lives as he has seen it, in the many paintings he has left . . ."
Arriving in Mandan only three years after its founding and seven years before the Dakota Territory became the states of North and South Dakota, Allen personally kn
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