Jeff Page's Name-Dropper column in The Record today is about Joseph Warner Allen, for whom Allendale is named. Allen lived in the John Fell House while he was town. Jeff did not mention this, but there is a rumor that Allen called the town My-dale when he lived here.
Jeff's column is here.
An earlier Op-Ed piece I wrote about Allen and his amazing life is here.
Sadly, the only artwork I could find of Allen was a scene of his drowning off North Carolina during the Civil War (above).