Nebraska Authors

Charles Wesley Allen

Born 1851-09-10 Noble County, IN (USA)

Died 1942-11-16
Hot Springs, SD (USA)

Allen grew up on the Iowa and Kansas frontier, he was a soldier in the Kansas militia, a "mule skinner" for a freight company, a blacksmith in the Valentine Nebraska area, a homesteader (near Chadron, Nebraska), a newspaper publisher and editor, a cattleman and postmaster, among other things. The Nebraska State Historical Society has a collection of his manuscripts and papers, ca. 1893-1941, "RG2635.AM: Charles Wesley Allen, 1851-1942" with an on-line guide that includes a longer biographical sketch. He lived in Nebraska from 1884 to 1893. He was a life-long friend of Nebraska State Historical Society Director Addison Sheldon, from the days when the two men ran competing newspapers in the Chadron, Nebraska area. Allen was an eyewitness to the Wounded Knee massacre.

Author Of

  • Journalism
  • Nonfiction


Nebraska Newspaper Editors; Frontier Life and Customs; Homesteading


Newspaper articles in The Chadron Democrat.
Memoirs in manuscript form in the Nebraska State Historical Society Museum collections.

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